Former Davis Police Officer Faces Embezzlement Charges

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By David M. Greenwald

Former Davis Police Sergeant Trevor Edens is facing felony embezzlement charges, the Vanguard learned this week. While the criminal complaint is unavailable, his arraignment is set for October 14, 2020.

Details are scant at the moment, and, given the nature of the charges and whom they are against, the police at this time cannot give a lot of details. Edens resigned from the Davis Police Department on June 7, 2019.

Police Chief Darren Pytel told the Vanguard that, in late 2018, several officers under the supervisor of Edens reported that he had possibly engaged in work-related misconduct.

At that point, he was placed on administrative leave, pending a full investigation.

Administrators conducted what they considered “a standard check of Department equipment and items under the control of Edens.”

They found an anomaly that was unrelated to the original allegation.

According to Pytel, due to the nature of the anomaly, which stemmed from an event that had occurred only hours before he was placed on leave, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office was immediately contacted.

Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel at this point, requested a full, independent criminal investigation by an outside law enforcement agency.

The request was immediately granted and investigators from the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and an administrator from the Davis Police Department conducted parallel administrative and criminal investigations into the matters.

The Yolo County DA’s Office, upon completion of their initial investigation, asked the Solano County District Attorney’s Office to review the case and handle the prosecution should they determined charges should be filed.

The Solano County DA’s Office last month filed charges in Yolo County.

“The conduct and actions of Edens were inexcusable and entirely incompatible with being a police officer and supervisor,” said Chief Pytel. “Without question, his departure had to happen,” he added.

“Despite Edens’ breach of public trust and duty, I was very pleased that the officers under his supervision took active steps to report potential misconduct and to completely cooperate with investigators,” said Chief Pytel. “This is exactly what we expect from our personnel and what we demand as a professional law enforcement agency,” he added.

Trevor Edens had an interesting tenure with the police department. In early 2008, he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident, in which his personal motorcycle collided with a vehicle at a Roseville intersection. Edens was off duty at the time.

He lost the lower half of his left leg as a result, leading to an outpouring of community support and efforts by other departments to raise funds for him and his family.

But he was able to resume his duties with the Davis Police, reaching the rank of sergeant. From time to time, he would, however, pop up on numerous complaints about police misconduct to the Vanguard.

Arraignment is set for October 14 at the Yolo County Courthouse.

—David M. Greenwald reporting


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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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5 thoughts on “Former Davis Police Officer Faces Embezzlement Charges”

  1. Alan Miller

    Will we find out later what the nature of the violation was?

    BTW, tonight at CC Zoom, Surveillance Technology Annual Reauthorization including:

    Police Body-Worn and In-Car Cameras
    Care Trak System
    Cellebrite Universal Forensic Extraction Device
    Covert Personal Recording Device
    Crisis Negotiations Equipment
    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot
    GeoTime Computer System
    GPS Trackers
    Automated License Plate Readers
    Remote Public Safety Cameras
    Trail Cameras
    1818 Fifth Street Corporation Yard Security Cameras (non-Police)
    Wildlife Trail Cameras (non-Police)
    Wildlife Video Cameras (non-Police)
    Public Works Cameras (non-Police)
    Davis Community Transit Cameras (non-Police)

    1. David Greenwald Post author

      I was told once he’s arraigned, they will be able to release more details. Not sure why they are holding their cards so close, but it is what it is.

      1. Bill Marshall

        No one died, David… no one was physically injured… no one was ‘threatened’… ‘playing close to the vest’ protects jury pool integrity, the officer’s right to be presumed innocent, etc.

        Or, do you believe all Police (or, civilians) should be tried in the ‘court of public opinion’?  That police officers should be ‘presumed guilty’ in court?  Many of the criminal cases charged for ‘civilians’, you seem to demand less info… reminds me of a shark ‘smelling’ blood… for purposes I don’t want to imagine…

        More info, at this point, would be prejudicial… was frankly (although I’m not) surprised how many ‘cards were shown’… if I was the defense attorney, I’d ask each prospective juror, “did you read the account and comments in the VG posted on Sept 22?”… a potential ‘gimme’ as to disqualifying a juror ‘for cause’…

  2. Tia Will

    several officers under the supervisor of Edens reported that he had possibly engaged in work-related misconduct.”

    From a broader perspective than this single case, this was the most important sentence in the article for me. I agree with Chief Pytel that it is critical for police officers, witnessing what they believe to be violations of the law by fellow officers, to speak out. It is a shame that there is a history of maintaining that “thin blue line” even in the face of known or suspected wrongdoing.

     

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