Chief Dave Bertini is a 32-year law enforcement veteran, having started his career as a police explorer with the Pacifica Police Department over 30 years ago. He was hired as a reserve officer in 1986 and public safety dispatcher in 1987 with the Pacifica Police Department. In 1988, he was hired as a full time police officer with Pacifica. During his career in Pacifica, he rose through the ranks of officer, detective, corporal, sergeant and in 2008 was promoted to captain. He has worked a myriad special assignments including gang officer, traffic officer, explorer post adviser, reserve coordinator and investigations. Chief Bertini has been the lead investigator of several high profile, complicated investigations including the re-trial of Michael Hunter who murdered his parents in 1981, the investigation of a bombing that killed one person in 1999 and most recently the pit-bull dog mauling case, along with several other serious crimes. As a police captain with the Pacifica Police Department for 3.5 years, Bertini was assigned to both the Patrol Services Division and the Administrative Services Division. During that time, he was responsible for several large-scale operations along with being tasked with the outsourcing of police dispatching to a neighboring police agency. Chief Bertini holds an associate degree in Administration of Justice from the College of San Mateo, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Mary's College and a master’s degree in Military History from Norwich University in Vermont. He is also a POST certified instructor and a graduate of the POST Master Instructor Development Program, a one-year intensive program designed to create a cadre of highly trained law-enforcement instructors throughout the State of California. Chief Bertini has numerous awards for work, both as a police officer and as an instructor, including the 2007 California POST Excellence in Training Governor's Award. Chief Bertini brings a very wide variety of experience in law enforcement to the Menlo Park Police Department. Since joining Menlo Park, he has served as patrol commander and administrative services commander and has been involved in numerous high profile projects including technology advances, leading policy changes and efforts toward greater transparency. In 2015, he served as the City’s interim human resources director for six months.
Bertini served as the Interim Police Chief since January 6, 2018. City Manager Alex D. McIntyre appointed David Bertini the position of Police Chief effective Monday, July 9, 2018.