Kevin Raney, Who Started as a Garden Grove Police Cadet, is Named Chief of Police

Kevin Raney has been named the city of Garden Grove's 11th chief of police.

Currently the deputy police chief, Raney will replace Chief Joseph Polisar, whose retirement becomes effective in December.

"It's an honor for me to serve as police chief for the city and the department that I've spent my entire working career in," says Raney in a department-issued statement. "The kind of relationship the department shares with the community, the quality of its service, and the amazing employees that work so hard at making it the best, are what make this new assignment more of a reward than a job."

He began his career with Garden Grove PD in 1976 as a police cadet, then became an officer two years later. In 1986, he was promoted to sergeant, in 1991 to lieutenant, and later to captain in 2002. Raney was named the department's deputy chief in 2005.

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"Kevin has literally grown up in the department since starting as a cadet at age 19," Garden Grove City Manager Matt Fertal says in the release. "He's worked his way through the ranks, been a part of the department's many successes as well as challenges, and come away with the kind of experience, insight, and understanding that only a Police Chief can provide."

Raney is credited in the statement with initiating the 1998 opening of the department's Juvenile Justice Center, which works with the school district and other agencies to identify at-risk children as early as possible.

But Raney singled out as "one of the most interesting periods in my early career" his working the foot detail as a sergeant in Buena Clinton, from 1987 to about 1989.

"Buena Clinton was the complete opposite of what you see today," he says in the statement, which mentions Raney and his wife Donna have two sons, both cops. Bill Raney is a sergeant with the Irvine Police Department, while John Raney is an officer on the Garden Grove force.

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