Joseph Surges

Training Instructor

Joseph Surges has worked in Law Enforcement in California for over 35 years. Having worked in various position with several law enforcement agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, all in Contra Costa County.

He began his career with the Contra Costa County Sheriff Department where he worked for 13 years. Beginning as a Detention Service Worker and ending his career as a Sheriff Specialist. He worked in all three jail facilities, in the Work Alternative Program and finishing his career in the Investigation Division in the Domestic Violence Unit, working with the courts, DA office, Probation and victim advocates.

In July of 2000 he joined the Concord Police Department as the Records Manager, where he served for 16 years, before retiring in 2016. During that time, he supervised a staff of up to 12 people, operating the unit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During this time Joseph joined the California Law Enforcement Association of Records Supervisors, CLEARS. He served as State President twice, 2 two years terms. He has also served at the State Legislative Chair for the last 22 years for CLEARS, as well as, serving as Northern Chapter President.

Joseph taught for two years at the San Diego Regional Training Center and for 16 years and the Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Training Center. Joseph taught both the Basic Records and Records Supervisor course, both POST certified classes. He also taught numerous times at the CLEARS, CAPE and CCUG conferences in California, as well as, both PRI Seminars in New Orleans and Nashville.

In 2016 Joseph served for 6 years as the Records Manager for the Oakley Police Department. He completed that assignment in July of 2022.