After 34 years in law enforcement Garden Grove Police Chief Joseph Polisar plans to resign his position at the end of the year. According to a press release issued today, Polisar is credited with reducing crime rates in the city to levels “not seen since the 1960's” and for maintaining “high standards of professionalism confirmed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies,” or CALEA, during the 12 years he spent with the department since becoming chief back in 1998.
quotes Polisar as saying. “I have no regrets about my decision to come
here in 1998. But after 34-years in law enforcement, it's time to pass
the torch to someone else.” Before moving to Garden Grove, Polisar
worked at the Albuquerque, New Mexico police department. He attended the
FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the
Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the JFK
School of Government at Harvard University.
Under Polisar's tenure, Garden Grove emerged as Orange County's only law enforcement agency to retain a membership in the aforementioned CALEA, which accredits police agencies willing to submit to an audit every three years of their professional standards, something which other agencies apparently feel is unworthy. Instead, they simply follow minimal guidelines by the California Department of Justice's Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training, or POST.