Jacobs and U.C. Berkeley special events coordinator Lisa Campbell set off the chain of events that led to the capture of Garrido and his wife on August 26.
Garrido is accused of kidnapping now 29 year old Jaycee Dugard, 18 years ago. He allegedly held her captive in a series of sheds and tents in his backyard.
Campbell first met Garrido on the U.C. Berkeley campus when he tried to get a permit for a religious event. She told Jacobs that he was acting strangely. Jacobs checked out his record, found out he was a convicted sex offender, and contacted his parole agent.
Although she is being widely praised for her police work, Jacobs says she was just doing her job.
AP contributed to this report.