Administration of Justice
Steve Goard has a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, and is a specialized sexual assault investigator certified by the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (CA P.O.S.T)
He has been a Police Officer in California since 2002 and is currently a sergeant in the patrol division. Steve is a certified Drug Recognition Expert and a Force Science Analyst. Steve is an veteran criminal investigator specializing in Sexual Assault Investigations.
An experienced instructor, Steve teaches others how to investigate sexual assaults as well as teaching the public how to become successful sexual assault advocates.
Steve has also held assignments as Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member and reality based training instructor. Steve is the recipient of the POST Investigative Excellence Award for his investigation and successful prosecution involving a homicide of an infant child by a mother under the influence of methamphetamine. Steve also received the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Investigative Excellence Award for his investigation into a horrific sexual assault.
Chief Mike McQuiston
Chief Mike McQuiston has 28 years’ experience in local law enforcement, having held various positions throughout his career including Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant/Watch Commander, and Lieutenant/Division Commander. He is one of California's longest serving police chiefs.
He holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Criminology, Law and Society from the School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine, a BA in Management from Saint Mary's College and Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University, Boston, MA.
He served in the United States Army Reserve, Military Police Corps, and held the rank of Sergeant.
He has been part-time faculty at CLPCCD since 2001.
Dave has an Associates Degree in Administration of Justice from De Anza College in Cupertino, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco as well as a Master’s Degree from Saint Mary’s College in Public Sector Leadership. Dave is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police through the Police Executive Research Forum and he is a graduate of the California POST Command College.
Dave joined the Pleasanton Police Department as the Administrative Lieutenant. After being appointed to the rank of Captain in 2003, Dave has managed both major divisions of his department, which includes the Patrol Division as well as the Investigations and Support Services Division.
Dave is very involved in his community and in his profession – he serves as an advisory board member on the Administration of Justice Board at Las Positas College, where he also serves as an adjunct faculty member. Dave serves as a member of the International Criminal Justice Board at the University of San Francisco – and he is an independent, contract trainer and group facilitator serving non-profit organizations and municipal government.
- BA Business Management, Saint Mary's College
- Subject taught: Administration of Justice
Mr. Tarte is a retired sergeant from the Livermore Police Department. He brings over 20 years' experience that also includes the Air Force Security Police, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department and NASA Protective Services. His duties have included corrections, patrol and patrol supervision, investigations, hostage negotiations as well as training and personnel duties.
His extensive experience becomes obvious in the classroom. "This what the book says, and then, this is what really happens" is a common phrase in his courses. "I take real-life incidents from the news and get students to see how these fit with what the text is saying." The result is practical information, presented in a straightforward manner that students can use right away. Still, "I'm a retired cop but I don't just teach cop stuff," he says. Students learn how the entire criminal justice system works and how the police, the court system and corrections work together.
"Law enforcement is not like watching CSI," he often reminds students. He advises students to take classes in a variety of subjects that interest them. Students may enjoy their AJ classes but then discover a knack for Biology or Political Science or Business that might lead them to a unique career that combines their multiple interests. Seeing Mr. Tarte's satisfied expression when he talks of helping to solve a serial rape case or locking up a child molester for 75 years is a wonderful motivator in convincing students to fold AJ courses into their studies, regardless of where their careers might take them.