MCHS Grad Captures National Law Enforcement Award

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The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has announced that Lt. Tim Sturm has been awarded the 2022 Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference Annual Service Award by the National Criminal Justice Training Center.

The award was presented at the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference in Las Vegas, NV on April 25. Sheriff Rick DiBasilio, Undersheriff Jim Macedo, and Sergeant Rudi Leon were in attendance with Sturm.

Lt. Tim Sturm is pictured accepting the award in Las Vegas, NV in April. He is third from the right. (Photo Courtesy of Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.)

Sturm was selected to receive the award for his many years of exemplary service and leadership in Search and Rescue (SAR), his successful tenure in the direction and control of the Investigations (Detective) Division, and his ongoing leadership of the Calaveras Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Team.

During his career, Sturm has coordinated searches for numerous missing hikers, skiers, hunters, fisherman, and other lost or missing persons in Calaveras County and throughout the State of California.

He has over 30 years of Search and Rescue experience which includes six years that he spent as a volunteer SAR member starting at the age of 15 with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. He graduated from Mariposa County High School  in 1995.

Sturm began his career in 1991 when he joined the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. His volunteer work with that team included searching for persons caught in the Happy Isles Rockslide in Yosemite National Park in 1996, as well as numerous other search and rescue incidents.

Sturm credits the SAR volunteers, who donate their time and efforts to the Search and Rescue Team, for the numerous lifesaving rescues he has witnessed over the years. He noted that the SAR team is highly effective because of the dedication and commitment of all the members of the team.

Sturm has spent over 15 years of his career assigned to the Investigations Unit as a Detective, Sergeant, and currently as a Lieutenant. He credits his team of skilled investigators for their expertise and diligence, and he believes that teamwork has been the most important contributor to the success of the unit.

The current Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Team was created by Sturm, and it operates under his management. The focus and goal of the Cold Case Team has been to find missing persons, identify previously unidentified human remains, and to solve cold case homicides in Calaveras County.

Most notably, the Cold Case Team has coordinated with numerous agencies to reexamine previously unidentified human remains from the Leonard Lake and Charles Ng serial killings of the 1980’s with modern DNA analysis. The Cold Case Team hopes to identify missing persons and return their remains to their families through these efforts.

Sturm has an Associate of Science Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Management. Additionally, he holds many certifications and expert investigative topics including being certified in Investigative Tracking and Search and Rescue Incident Management.

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  1. VASTBINDER Elaine says

    Congratulations Lt. Sturm and thank you for your service.