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Joseph M. Polisar

Joseph M. Polisar is the recently retired chief of police in the City of Garden Grove, CA, a post he held for 12 years. With more than 30 years in municipal law enforcement, Joe has a reputation for innovative leadership and effective communication. During his tenure with Garden Grove, he was credited with reducing the Part I Crime Rate by almost 30% while generating millions of dollars in cost savings through the reduction of overtime, acquiring grants, and automating processes through technology acquisition. Prior to Garden Grove, Joe was Chief of Police for the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico where he rose through the ranks from patrol officer to lead the largest police department in the state with more than 2,000 police officers and civilian staff.

Amongst his notable accomplishments, Joe achieved and maintained accreditation for both the Garden Grove and Albuquerque Police Departments. In November 2010, Garden Grove PD was recognized as a Flagship Agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the highest honor bestowed by the Commission on an accredited agency. He served as a CALEA Commissioner for 6 years, leading the organization’s strategic planning efforts and various committee assignments.

Joe has held many leadership posts throughout his career, the most notable being President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the oldest and largest executive law enforcement association in the world with more than 20,000 members in 90 countries. He holds top secret clearance designations from the FBI, US Department of Justice, and US Department of Homeland Security. He holds executive certifications from Harvard University, the States of CA and NM, and the IACP. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the NAACP Marin Luther King, Jr. Keep the Dream Alive Award (1996); Albuquerque Human Rights Award (1995); Albuquerque People’s Choice Award (1996); Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Honoree (2003); and the CALEA Egon Bittner Leadership Award (2010).

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