Three honored at Monterey law enforcement awards

By Krissi Khokhobashvili, CDCR Public Information Officer
Photos by Albert Rivas, Deputy Chief, Office of External Affairs

Three outstanding California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) employees were honored recently as Officers of the Year in Monterey County.

Correctional Training Facility (CTF) Correctional Officer David Doglietto, Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) Correctional Officer Chamroen Keo and Parole Agent Jorge Vigil of the Salinas Unit of the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) were presented with the awards at the 45th annual Outstanding Officer of the Year Dinner. The annual awards are hosted by the Monterey County Peace Officers Association (MCPOA).

MCPOA honored Supervising Monterey County District Attorney Investigator Ryan McGuirk and District Attorney Investigator Jorge Ramirez with the Award of Merit for their outstanding efforts in the criminal investigation of John and Kristin Nyunt, who were convicted of defrauding numerous victims through their business, including wiretapping, burglary, forgery, identity theft, computer network fraud and extortion. Monterey County Deputy Sheriff David Vargas was honored for bravely breaking his way into a burning building to save a man’s life.

Seventeen additional law enforcement agencies named their Officers of the Year, including CTF, SVSP and the Salinas Parole Unit.

Correctional Officer Chamroen Keo accepts his award from Salinas Valley State Prison Warden (A) W.L. Muniz.

Correctional Officer Chamroen Keo accepts his award from Salinas Valley State Prison Warden (A) W.L. Muniz.

Officer Keo began his career in 2008 at Salinas Valley State Prison, where he is currently a Yard Officer and Search and Escort Officer. When reporting for duty in November 2014, Keo noticed an object on a roof and moved in closer to get a better look. While many would have not given the object a second glance, assuming it was garbage, Keo was determined to find out what it was. This included climbing on top of a vehicle to get to the object.

His correctional awareness and persistence precipitated the largest contraband find in the history of SVSP.

Keo discovered three bags of illegal drugs, cellphones and other contraband, which had a value of more than $250,000.

That find, compounded by exceptional work at SVSP, inspired Warden (A) W.L. Muniz to nominate him for the award.

“He is a self-starter and a leader,” Warden Muniz said. “He has demonstrated that he is a hardworking, dedicated and committed officer who demonstrates the true meaning of teamwork. His hard work and professionalism set the standard for his peers.”

Correctional Officer David Doglietto accepts his award from Correctional Training Facility Warden Warden M.E. Spearman. 

Correctional Officer David Doglietto accepts his award from Correctional Training Facility Warden Warden M.E. Spearman.

At neighboring CTF, Officer Doglietto’s stellar work ethic and extraordinary job performance are also raising the bar. Doglietto is a Senior Investigator for the Investigative Services Unit, which conducts criminal investigations on inmates suspected of in-prison murder, tax fraud and attempting to introduce or distribute narcotics within CTF.

Last year, Doglietto helped detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with a cold case investigation of a homicide from the 1970s. The suspect was housed at CTF, with an imminent release date. Doglietto was able to encourage him to make a full confession, of his own volition, and in doing so the inmate confessed to four additional cold-case homicides.

Doglietto also assists several police agencies in Monterey County. In 2014 he assisted in the investigations of several attempted homicides, including the attempted homicide of three Soledad police officers and two elderly civilians. He has provided assistance to the Soledad Police Department, Monterey County District Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is a certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst, a member of the International Association for Identification and a Life Member of the California Narcotic Officers Association. He has taught at four international forensic educational conferences and is a POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) certified Academy Instructor, including having two courses in the POST catalog that he has taught to local law enforcement.

In his spare time, he lectured at colleges and universities and is an adjunct faculty member of the Administration of Justice Department at Hartnell Community College in Salinas. He’s attending Union Institute and University to obtain his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.

“Officer Doglietto gives back to the local communities to keep the citizens of Monterey County safe,” observed Warden M.E. Spearman. “The CTF Executive Team, David’s peers and the inmate population refer to him as a man of character and integrity.”

Parole Agent Jorge Vigil accepts his award from Anthony Ivanich, Central Coast District Administrator. Ivanich was also recognized at the ceremony for his promotion to Parole Administrator.

Parole Agent Jorge Vigil accepts his award from Anthony Ivanich, Central Coast District Administrator. Ivanich was also recognized at the ceremony for his promotion to Parole Administrator.

Vigil’s nomination stemmed from his outstanding service to the Salinas Parole Complex and the Central Coast District, serving as a dedicated and knowledgeable agent whose work helps keep the community safe.

Agent Vigil’s first-rate work with DAPO has included supervising a GPS High Risk Gang Offender caseload while being attached to the Violence Suppression Unit of the Salinas Police Department. His work with the VSU has resulted in the removal of firearms and illegal narcotics from the community, as well as numerous successful prosecutions. In addition, Vigil serves as a certified Range Master and a Parole Agent Safety and Tactics Instructor.

“His commitment for training department personnel demonstrates his exceptional leadership qualities,” said Parole Administrator Anthony Ivanich, Central Coast District. “Agent Vigil’s hard work and dedication make him a tremendous asset to the city of Salinas and CDCR. Agent Vigil is a pleasure to supervise and to have as a colleague. He conveys the highest standard for the department and the Division of Adult Parole Operations.”

These three men are all examples of CDCR’s commitment to public safety, and the department congratulates them for the well-deserved honor.