Preciado named Ojai's Deputy
of the Year
by Lenny Roberts
The Kiwanis Club of Ventura has honored Deputy Joe Preciado
as Ojai's Deputy of the Year.
Each year, the club asks law enforcement offices countywide to
deliver the name of one officer to be placed on the perpetual
trophies. The officer who is selected is chosen by not only fellow
deputies and supervisors, but by all non-sworn station personnel
The award is given annually to the local law enforcement officer
who most exemplifies his profession, and was presented at a luncheon
in Ventura last week.
Preciado will have his name inscribed on a perpetual trophy on
display at the Ojai Police Station. His name will follow those
of many officers who have been recognized for excellence and
commitment, most recently Deputies Mike Marco in 2001, Dave Sparks
in 2000, Mark Burgess in 1999, and Maureen Hookstra in 1998.
Preciado has been a Ventura County Sheriff's deputy since graduating
from the academy in 1993. He is a patrol deputy who also serves
as a gang officer, field training officer, a member of Ojai's
Bike Patrol and the Sheriff's Department's Special Weapons and
Tactics team (S.W.A.T.).
Sheriff's Sergeant Ken Edling, who also serves as Ojai's administrative
sergeant, praised Preciado for being a proven leader. "A
lot of the guys deserve recognition," Edling began. "But
Joe is self-motivated and very much of a go-getter who utilizes
real good common sense on the streets. A lot of this job is discretionary.
"When he was on bike patrol, he made a significant impact
on the transients at Libbey Park, where he was assigned. He was
taking people to jail on warrants almost daily."
Preciado lives in Santa Paula with his wife Nicole and three
"They asked me to give a speech, and the first thing I thought
of saying was that I really thanked God because he gave me the
ability to perform my job the way I do," Preciado said.
"But first of all, I thank my wife, because in law enforcement,
one of the toughest jobs is being a spouse, and as tough as it
was, she really supported me. And thanks to my kids for all the
time I'm not home.
"Lastly, to the people at the station, from Tina (Cook)
and Belinda (Williams) to the sergeants, captain and all my peers.
I don't think you can become a good person without a great amount
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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JOE PRECIADO from the valley's substation, was named Ojai's
Deputy of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Ventura.