Edward Obayashi is the Deputy Sheriff and Policy Advisor for the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office. As a licensed attorney, he also serves as the Legal Advisor, General Counsel, and official training advisor related to Use of Force and Police Practices for numerous law enforcement agencies and organizations.
Ed is recognized as one of the foremost legal experts in California, nationally, and internationally in law enforcement matters, particularly in Use of Force and Internal Affairs Investigations issues.
Ed is a leading expert witness in Use of Force cases. He trains and advises law enforcement agencies, county counsels, city attorneys, and district attorneys in law enforcement legal matters and complex cases.
He is regularly retained by law enforcement criminal and civil defense attorneys, prosecutors, and associations representing law enforcement agencies in high profile and complex cases.
He is a leading certified POST (California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training) and STC (Standard and Training for Corrections) instructor for critical law enforcement training (see Training tab) and is the official Use of Force training advisor for the California Association of Police Training Officers.
He is the leading expert and investigator for administrative investigations (Internal Affairs) for California law enforcement and is the only POST certified instructor for the POST certified Advanced Internal Affairs Investigations course.
Ed is the official law enforcement advisor and trainer for members of the Trindel Insurance Fund, a California Joint Powers Authority.
Ed is regularly featured in both California and national news media and official law enforcement training media for his Use of Force and Police Practices expertise