Nuno Tavares, MA

Lieutenant (Retired), Placer County District Attorney's Office

Nuno Tavares, MA

Nuno Tavares has been in law enforcement since 1996. He retired as Lieutenant with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office in 2023. He oversaw various units, including cold case homicide, special investigations, fraud, and the Special Projects Unit.

Prior to joining the management ranks, Lt. Tavares was assigned to numerous positions, including over ten years on narcotics task forces. He also investigated auto theft, crimes against persons, public assistance fraud, and cold-case homicide. In 2007, Lt. Tavares was one of the lead investigators in Placer County’s only “no body homicide,” securing a conviction and sentencing the defendant to 53 years. This case received national and international coverage and was covered by several crime shows, such as 48 Hours, Forensic Files, True TV, and most recently, on Discover ID. He has also received various local and statewide law enforcement awards.

Since 2007, Lt. Tavares has been a certified law enforcement instructor for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). As a POST instructor, he teaches for the Institute of Criminal Investigation’s core detective school, homicide investigation course, and sexual assault investigation course. In addition to teaching, Lt. Tavares has been invited numerous times to participate in curriculum development and training videos for California law enforcement as a subject matter expert. Lt. Tavares has been the recipient of the statewide award for excellence in training for POST.

Lt. Tavares served on the Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA) board of directors for more than eight years. During that time, he chaired several committees, including contract negations, political action, and also serving as president. In 2016, he was appointed to the California District Attorney’s Investigators Association (CDAIA) board where he currently sits as an Executive Board member.

Lt. Tavares has earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Arts in Leadership from St. Mary’s College of California. In his spare time, Lt. Tavares enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing drums.

Capt. Tim Gately, Redmond Police Department
MS-LEPSL Alumnus


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