By Kathy Chouteau
Officer Chase Trevino of the San Pablo Police Department was honored as the City of San Pablo’s “Employee of the Month” for March for going above and beyond in performing his duties, including the solving of a tragic case involving the death of a two-year-old.
Officer Trevino, who has worked for the police department since November 2018, was cited by the City as “making a tremendous impact on public safety within our community.”
One example of Officer Trevino’s job acuity was his traffic enforcement stop of a vehicle in December 2022, which revealed a missing Fairfield mother/juvenile. Further investigation uncovered—after the mother’s numerous misleading statements—that her two-year-old child was killed in Oakland. The car’s driver emerged as the suspect in the death of the child, whose body the Oakland Police Department eventually located in another county.
“Without Officer Trevino’s proactive work making the initial vehicle stop and without his sense that something was amiss, this case may have been overlooked and never solved,” said the City, which added that the officer went “above and beyond his duties to investigate this case.”
Officer Trevino is known for loving his job, showing up early for work and signing up for overtime shifts to ensure public safety. He has earned his place as the department’s next field training officer and as a SWAT Team member.
Underscoring that Officer Trevino is “energetic and enthusiastic about arresting serious and violent criminals,” the City said he has arrested 12 people for the possession of illegal firearms (including rifles and handguns altered to become automatic weapons) since December 2022.
The City said these numbers are “just a snippet of the hard work [Officer] Trevino does on a daily basis.”