Police Officer of the Year
Detective Stephan Tashoff
Stephan Tashoff is a 5.5 year veteran of the Carlsbad Police Department. He has been assigned as a Detective at the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT) since August, 2009. Over the past two years, Detective Tashoff has continued to steadily develop his skills as an auto theft investigator. He has been the primary case agent on multiple complex investigations. While the primary focus of RATT is the purchase and recovery of stolen vehicles, he has also directed several investigations which have resulted in the purchase and seizure of both firearms and narcotics.
In the capacity of a case agent, Detective Tashoff has been responsible for coordinating logistics, delegating responsibilities, writing operational plans, conducting briefings, and handling both informants and undercover detectives. The ability to successfully carry out such immense responsibilities requires patience, tenacity, diplomacy, and the ability to work with people in a manner conducive to establishing trust and teamwork. Detective Tashoff’s ability to engage personnel from a variety of experience levels and different agencies (local, state, and federal) to share a common goal is a testament to his commitment to teamwork.
A recent example is a case wherein Detective Tashoff enlisted the assistance of several federal agencies, as well as the National Insurance Crime Bureau to provide funding and/or personnel for an extensive investigation. This complex case resulted in the successful infiltration of numerous auto theft rings. 53 suspects were identified, 65 stolen vehicles were seized, 1 kilogram of cocaine and 3 pounds of methamphetamine were seized, and 8 firearms were seized, including 2 assault weapons. A quite impressive $426,000 in assets has been recovered. Although Detective Tashoff’s most recent efforts have been focused in the North County Region (specifically the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, and Escondido), it is relevant to note that these types of crimes adversely affect residents throughout all of San Diego County.
Detective Tashoff is Carlsbad Police Department’s Officer of the Year based upon his above-described sustained performance, commitment to professional excellence, and his positive representation of Carlsbad Police Department to outside agencies.