Lt. Tavares has been in law enforcement since 1995. In his current role as lieutenant with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, he oversees various units, including cold case homicide, special investigations, fraud and the DUI fatal and major injury unit. His responsibilities include preparing and overseeing a public safety budget of $1.5 million.
Prior to joining the ranks of management, 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, Nuno 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 crimes shows, such as 48 Hours, Forensic Files, True TV and most recently on Discover ID. He has also been the recipient of various local and statewide law enforcement awards.
Since 2007, Nuno 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 sex assault investigation course. In addition to teaching, Nuno has been invited numerous times to participate in curriculum development and training videos for California law enforcement as a subject matter expert. Nuno has been the recipient of the statewide award on excellence in training for POST.
Lt. Tavares has worked as an online adjunct professor for Kaplan University in the undergraduate degree program for criminal justice, and served on the Placer County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA) board of directors. He has also served as an executive board member of the California District Attorney’s Investigators Association (CDAIA) annual training conference.
Lt. Tavares holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Arts in Leadership, both from St. Mary’s College of California.