Investigator Edward Yee started his law enforcement career in 1993 when he became a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Six years later, he joined the Orange County District Attorney’s Office as a D.A. Investigator and has remained there ever since. He served four terms as secretary of the AOCDS Board of Directors and is currently serving his fifth term as 3rd Vice President.
Ed was first elected to the association’s board in 2010 and became an active member of the Political Action Committee (PAC) at the same time. Ed is also part of the OCDA Range Cadre, a POST Certified Firearms Range Instructor and a National Rifle Association (NRA) Range Safety Officer. His assignment at the District Attorney’s office includes the Regional Gang Enforcement Team (RGET), Gang Unit, Branch Court Services, Workers’ Comp Fraud Unit, Family Protection Unit, Trial Preparation Unit and Juvenile Gangs/Serious Crime/Sex Crimes. During his assignment to the Regional Gang Enforcement Team, Ed worked in an undercover capacity for three years posing as a “Shot Caller” or “Cell Leader” for one of the factions of a Chinese Organized Criminal Group called the “Wah-Ching” gang.
Ed has infiltrated numerous criminal organizations and arrested high priority targets committing murder, assault with a deadly weapon, home/commercial robbery invasions, cargo heist rings, narcotics trafficking, gun trafficking and other heinous crimes.
Prior to joining the OCDA Office, Ed worked various assignments for the LAPD, including patrol, the Special Problems Unit (SPU), Community Resources against Street Hoodlums (CRASH) and the Asian Crime Investigation Section (ACIS). While on loan to the Robbery Homicide Division, he participated in the murder investigation of best supporting actor Oscar winner, Dr. Haing S. Ngor. While working the Asian Crime Investigation Section and CRASH, Ed was put in charge of the Gang Team, the Chinese Team, and gathering intelligence on different Asian criminal organizations.
Ed was also the primary instructor on Asian Organized Crime, Street “Terrorism” Gangs and Cultural Diversity at the Los Angeles Police Academy and the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy, each for three years. He has lectured at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Academy, the California Highway Patrol Academy, and other municipal police academies and gang associations across the United States. Ed has investigated hundreds of cases involving organized crime figures and gang members. Ed is also an adjunct professor with Santa Ana College. In addition, he is currently the primary instructor for the Orange County Probation Department, San Mateo County Probation Department and Elite Training & Associates. Ed provides Advance Officer Training in the areas of Asian organized crime, street “terrorism” gangs, working undercover, infiltrating criminal organizations, Asian crime trends, cultural diversity and effective courtroom testimony. Ed has traveled the world sharing his vast knowledge with law enforcement agencies in more than 30 states across the U.S. and has taught law enforcement agencies from more than 25 different countries.
Ed has testified on numerous occasions as an expert on organized crime and gangs for the municipal, superior and federal courts. He is a recognized expert in the field of Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Filipino and Korean gangs. Ed was also featured on two different TV shows, Oxygen’s “The Price of Duty,” episode #2, a segment about the murder of best supporting actor Oscar winner, “Dr. Haing S. Ngor” (2018) and the History Channel’s “Gangland: A Killer’s Revenge” in a segment about the “Asian Boyz” and “Wah Ching” gangs (2010).
In 2000, Ed was the recipient of two Medal of Valor awards from the California Attorney General’s office and California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) for being inside a Wells Fargo bank during a robbery takeover by three armed gang members. Ed confronted the armed suspects and was able to apprehend one of them on scene. After further investigation, an additional 11 suspects were subsequently arrested for 11 bank robberies. Ed has also received hundreds of commendations from local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies.
Ed is the secretary of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 18, President of the Asian Gang Investigator’s Association of California (AGIAC), a member of the National Asian Peace Officers’ Association (NAPOA), a member of the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA), and California District Attorney Investigators’ Association (CDAIA).
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management and speaks two Chinese dialects fluently. Prior to joining the LAPD, Ed served as a United States Marine for six years; he was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1995.
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