Chief Joseph M. Polisar began his service to the Garden Grove, California Police Department as Police Chief on June 1, 1998. Previously, he served as Chief of Police for the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department.
Chief Polisar served as the 91st president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 2003-2004. He was elected to IACP board in October 1997.
Joseph Polisar began his career in law enforcement 25 years ago. His involvement in professional organizations includes: past President of the New Mexico Chiefs of Police Association; past President, New Mexico Chapter of FBI National Academy Associates; Vice-President, International Association of Chiefs of Police; member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Police Association, New Mexico Sheriffs and Police Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Orange County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, and California Chiefs of Police Association.
Chief Polisar is a graduate of the 175th Session of the FBI National Academy and the 18th Session of the FBI National Executive Institute. He is also a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and holds a Bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix.