Jaime Guzman honored as RPD’s 2023 Detective of the Year

Jaime Guzman honored as RPD's 2023 Detective of the Year
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For Detective Jaime Guzman, it’s all come full circle. 

Guzman grew up in Richmond, began his career as a police explorer, was hired as a cadet and then promoted to police officer.

Now, he’s the RPD’s 2023 Detective of the Year.

On Feb. 7, Detective Guzman was recognized at a ceremony hosted by the Elks Lodge of El Sobrante. He was selected by a vote from his peers.

In 2021, Guzman was selected to serve as detective in the RPD’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit. According to Chief Bisa French, Guzman is driven by a personal passion for fighting human trafficking and “leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit of justice for victims.”

“This commitment earned him recognition as a human trafficking expert within the Contra Costa County Superior Court system,” the chief said.

Detective Guzman took it upon himself to master RPD tools used for phone forensics, such as Cellebrite and GrayKey. He fosters collaboration with the District Attorney’s Office and actively participates in specialized task forces to support the dismantling of trafficking networks.

He also trains patrol officers to enhance their ability to identify and intervene in potential trafficking situations.

Detective Guzman puts in extra time at work, “arriving early and working weekends with unwavering dedication” and in the face of staffing limitations, the chief added.

“Whether it’s the meticulous preparation for a warrant service or the in-depth analysis of a complex case, he tackles every task with a silent determination that inspires his team His leadership by example, coupled with his tireless work ethic, makes him an invaluable asset to the Criminal Investigations Bureau and deserving of the Detective of the Year honor.”