Steve Spernak brings an added dimension to our organization – his nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience working for three different Orange County police departments, as well as the Sheriff’s Department, combined with his proven ability be a strong influencer of public policy at the state and local levels.
Steve Spernak began his law enforcement career in1980 as a Reserve Police Officer, later promoted to Reserve Sergeant, while serving as a member of the Santa Ana Police Department. Spernak worked major street crimes before specializing in getting drunk-driving offenders off the streets. He later transferred to the Cypress Police Department, where he was assigned to patrol operations. By now a full-time officer, Spernak was asked to write the policy for the high-risk warrant entry and arrest team. To better perform his entry-team duties and to add to his law enforcement skills, Spernak underwent FBI and San Jose SWAT training in hostage negotiations.
In 1987, Spernak wrote the protocol for the Motors Program and was trained in radar and traffic investigations by the San Diego PD. While working as a motor officer for 5½ years, Spernak wrote more than 10,000 citations and was instrumental in the successful prosecution of 500 DUI arrests. His educational slide show on preventing teen DUI was recognized in 1989 as one of the top programs in the nation by MADD National.
Currently, Spernak serves as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, where he specializes in public affairs, working as a liaison with county, state and national elected officials. In the private sector, Spernak has leveraged his law enforcement experience into a successful consulting business, that he runs out of his Orange County office. He advises judiciary candidates and has helped elect four superior court judges.
Steve Spernak has a long history of outstanding service to law enforcement and to his fellow officers and has been instrumental in shaping policy that keeps public safety at the top of the political agenda:
- Governor Schwarzenegger’s appointee, California Council on Criminal Justice
- Recipient, Medal of Valor, presented by the California Firefighters Assn. and Orange County Board of Supervisors for rescue of an infant
- National spokesman for the parents of murdered Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy David March
- Executive Director-Volunteer, 22-agency OC Traffic Officers Association, helping to raise funds for fallen and injured sheriff deputies, city police officers and California Highway Patrol officers
- VP of the Cypress Police Assn. and member of contract negotiations team, 1988 and 1992
- Officer of the Year, Cypress Police Department, 1988
- NRA police firearms instructor, lifetime member and legislative liaison
- California GOP sergeant at arms, since 1997
- Local law enforcement consultant for two presidential campaigns, 2004- 2008, and Prop 11 redistricting issue, 2008
- Graduate Golden West Police Academy, 1982. POST Advanced Officer Certificate