Sworn in as a San Diego police officer in the summer of 1969, Tom Giaquinto retired from the San Diego Police Department in 1993 at the rank of Lieutenant.

His SDPD career was primarily in the detective bureau where he gained a reputation as one of the departments best investigators and he worked many of the departments most coveted assignments.

While employed by SDPD, CA Giaquinto voluntarily served as a historian for the department and not only authored a number of topical articles, he saved a number of exceptionally valuable police department artifacts from being purged and ultimately destroyed.

Upon his retirement, CA Giaquinto began a second career with the state of California as a commissioner on the board of parole. It was there he oversaw hearings for some of the states most notorious killers including members of the Manson family.

CA Giaquinto joined the SDPHA in 2004 as a voting director and served a term of three years. He rejoined the SDPHA in 2008 as a deputy director and now serves as the association’s chief archivist. Among his duties: cataloging and preserving thousands of original San Diego police documents, some from as far as the mid 1880’s.

Without CA Giaquinto’s diligence, these very important documents would be lost to the ravages of time.

As a member of SDPHA, CA Giaquinto has been awarded the following:

SDPHA Service Medal
Exceptional Performance Citation
Safe Driving Citation