After earning his college degree, Carlos began his law enforcement career in 1984 as a Glendale Police Officer and received his foundational training through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In 1987, he joined the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (CA DOJ) as a Special Agent. He was assigned to the southern California region conducting investigations into the major narcotics traffickers. He promoted through the department, supervised numerous teams including a major crimes team and a violence suppression team, and was a member of the Training Cadre for CA DOJ. He ultimately achieved the rank of Special Agent in Charge.
In this capacity, he was tasked with the oversight of a statewide Division of CA DOJ, where he received the 2005 Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Management. Then he was assigned to the Los Angeles Regional Office where he managed specialized criminal investigative units as directed by the California Attorney General. Upon his retirement, he was recognized by the California Senate with a resolution honoring him for his superior record of accomplishment of leadership and law enforcement service. Now as consultant and after retiring from CA DOJ, Carlos authored the book “The BS Behind the Badge and the Courage to Wear it with Honor”. His book defends the law enforcement profession and gives a valuable insight into the world of policing, based on his in depth, real life experiences as a front line officer, investigator, supervisor, and a leader.