San Diego County Chief Probation Officer Adolfo Gonzales (left) congratulates Probation Officer David Pittman at the San Diego Police Officers Association award ceremony. No matter the hour or day, he can be counted on to answer his work cell phone when it comes to the 40 to 50 offenders in his caseload. It is also not uncommon for Officer David Pittman to be invited to and attend treatment program graduation ceremonies for offenders under his supervision.
Pittman, 54, works in the Post Release Offender Division as part of its community supervision unit in the North County region. He has been with Probation for nearly five years and is co-located with Oceanside and Carlsbad police departments, working closely with those officers and monitoring offenders with extensive and sophisticated criminal histories.
He was recently honored by the San Diego Police Officers Association at its Peace Officer of the Year ceremony in which they select and honor an officer from every law enforcement agency.
“Officer Pittman sets himself apart as a leader across units and divisions. Many of his peers recognize him as an authority for casework matters, as well as field work,” said Supervising Probation Officer Fernando Uribe. “He is a mentor and an inspiration to many, including his supervisor.”
He adds that officers often consult with Pittman for his field tactical knowledge which stems from an extensive professional career and training at the state level where he served as an instructor and in specialized field operation teams.
Pittman has provided training to other agencies’ sworn and non-sworn staff on general probation practices, as well as the intricacies of AB 109.
His professionalism and dedication is also noted by the offenders he works with and his approach to their rehabilitation plans.
“I have seen firsthand the pride and appreciation in the smiles displayed by the offenders when they see Officer Pittman present during those ceremonies. Simply put, perhaps in a life with not many achievements, they want to share their success with their PO,” said Uribe.