In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are highlighting compelling stories from DA employees and what inspired them to pursue a career in public service.
Meet DA Investigator Bao Luu, who has been part of the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation (BOI) since 1993. He is a Commander who currently oversees BOI personnel assigned to the Family Protection Division and the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division. Before joining the DA’s Office, he worked as a Deputy Sheriff and Police Detective with the goal of one day being a DA Investigator.
Why did you decide to work at the DA’s Office?
“When I was in the police academy in 1984, I had an instructor who was a DA Investigator taught a class. During breaks, I spoke to him about his position and what DA Investigators do. I was fascinated that there are law enforcement officers who work directly with prosecutors and, as a team, bring justice to those who are victimized.
I was a Theater major at UCSD, so I have always enjoyed interacting with people; law enforcement allowed me to interact with people in a way that could have a profound impact on their lives. My favorite part of the job is that it allows me to use my creativity to solve a crime or prove a case. Investigation and prosecution of a case take a collaboration of creativity to identify the suspect, gather evidence, identify victims and witnesses, and gain their cooperation. I find the process exciting and challenging.”
Why is AAPI Month important to you?
“The AAPI community contributes to our society in so many different fields. I also want to celebrate and honor the struggle and sacrifices that families have made to leave their homeland due to wars or repressive governments to bring us here for a brighter future.”
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