Taurino Valdovinos, MS
Captain Taurino Valdovinos was born in Mexico and raised in North County. He graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1995 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Captain Valdovinos joined the Oceanside Police Department in September of 2003.
Captain Valdovinos worked patrol, Neighborhood Policing Team, Uniform Gang Suppression, was a Gang Detective in the Special Enforcement Section, and was a member of the SWAT team, prior to his promotion to Sergeant in January of 2013. As a Sergeant, he served as a patrol team supervisor and later supervised the Neighborhood Policing Team. In June of 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as a Lieutenant in each of the departments three divisions. In January of 2023, he was promoted to Captain and currently oversees the Support Operations Division.
Additionally, Captain Valdovinos created and manages the Oceanside Youth Partnership (OYP) program, a 16-week police officer lead mentoring program that focuses on at-risk youth and provides them with alternatives to street gangs, substance abuse, and a life trapped in the criminal justice system.