Paul Cappitelli. Photo courtesy of Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
Paul Cappitelli, the former head of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and a retired captain of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, recently joined the law firm Best Best & Krieger LLP as a law enforcement specialist.
He will be based in the firm's San Diego office.
A 29-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, Cappitelli will work with a team of attorneys from the firm’s nine offices across California and in Washington, D.C. who focus on law enforcement issues.
"Paul’s extensive experience as a law enforcement veteran and as head of California’s top law enforcement training agency brings a unique perspective to our team that handles police issues,” said G. Ross Trindle III, a BB&K partner based in Ontario who heads the firm’s police services team under the municipal law practice.
BB&K’s law enforcement attorneys routinely work on police issues for cities, including vehicle safety, officer-involved shootings, excessive force, public safety communications, and other police issues.
Cappitelli will assist with those cases. His expertise will also serve other public agencies, such as school districts, with campus and other security-related matters.
Cappitelli grew up in Ontario in Inland Southern California, and first joined the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1978. During his time with the department, he worked in various capacities, including patrol, traffic, custody, homicide investigation, public affairs, gang enforcement and academy director. He retired in 2007 at the rank of captain.
In November 2007, Cappitelli was appointed as executive director for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which was established by the state Legislature in 1959 to set minimum selection and training standards for law enforcement agencies across California. Cappitelli retired in December after five years at the agency, which oversees more than 600 agencies.