KENNETH MELGOZA, Chief of Investigations
Kenneth Melgoza is the Chief Investigator of the Bureau of Investigation and he is responsible for planning, coordinating and supervising the activities of District Attorney Investigators assigned to the Bureau. District Attorney Investigators are statutory full-time peace officers who conduct investigations on behalf of the District Attorney. They provide quality and timely investigative support for the prosecutorial functions of the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office to enhance public safety. They collaborate with deputy district attorneys in the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws.
The Bureau routinely uses investigative methods and techniques to gather and evaluate evidence, obtain information through interviews and interrogations, and investigations resulting in the apprehension and prosecution of persons suspected of committing criminal offenses. The core units of the Bureau are: Criminal Investigations, Child Abduction, Public Assistance & IHSS Fraud, Workers Compensation & Insurance Fraud, Consumer & Environmental Crimes.
Chief Melgoza grew up in Stockton and has worked for over 25 years in San Joaquin County as a peace officer. Chief Melgoza joined the Bureau of Investigation in 1998 after serving 11 years with the Lodi Police Department. In 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant and he supervised the Criminal Investigations and Computer Forensics Units. He is a computer forensic examiner with extensive experience in public corruption and complex investigations. Chief Melgoza is a graduate of the 240th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.