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CALEA Update Magazine | Issue 96

Your Commissioners

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Two individuals were named to the Commission Board beginning January 2008:
Joseph M. Polisar and
Theron L. Bowman.

  Commissioner Joseph M. Polisar was named Chief of Police of Garden Grove, California, in 1998. Prior to his move to California, Chief Polisar spent twenty-one years with the Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Department, retiring as Chief in 1997. The Garden Grove Police Department has been CALEA Law Enforcement Accredited since July 1988, and the Albuquerque Police Department has been Law Enforcement Accredited since November 1989.

Chief Polisar holds a Bachelor’s degree in management and is a graduate of the 175th session of the FBI National Academy, the 18th session of the FBI National Executive Institute, and the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Chief Polisar is a member of many professional associations including the FBI National Executive Institute Associates, Police Executive Research Forum, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He is a Past President of both the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Mexico Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates, and is also a past President of IACP.

Chief Polisar is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Garden Grove, and sits on the Boards of the Garden Grove Boys and Girls Club and the Garden Grove Hospital. He was the recipient of the 1995 Albuquerque Human Rights Award. Other honors include the 1996 NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. "Keep the Dream Alive" Award, the 1996 Albuquerque People's Choice Award for Favorite Government Official, and the 2003 Community Achievement Award from the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Chief Polisar holds a top-secret clearance with the Department of Homeland Security, is a consultant for the USDOJ Civil Rights Division in pattern and practice investigations, and is certified as an instructor for the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations, modeled after the West Point Leadership program.

Chief Polisar was named to the CALEA Board beginning January 2006. He currently serves as the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and as a member of the Standards Review and Interpretation Committee and Review Committee B.

  Commissioner Theron L. Bowman began his law enforcement career in 1983 as an officer with the Arlington (TX) Police Department, and served in numerous positions before being appointed Chief of Police in 1999. The Arlington Police Department has been CALEA Law Enforcement Accredited since November 1989. Chief Bowman has been actively involved in CALEA since 1994 when he became a CALEA Assessor.

Chief Bowman received three degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Bachelor’s in biology in 1983, a Master’s in public administration in 1991, and a Doctorate in urban and public administration in 1997. He is a graduate of the 186th Session of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute, and the Senior Management Institute for Police. Chief Bowman is active in several local, state, and international law enforcement organizations. Currently, he serves as chair of the Texas Intelligence Council and the North Central Texas Council of Government’s Law Enforcement Analysis Portal (LEAP) Program. He is a Texas RCPI governing board member and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he serves on the Executive Committee, Financial Review Committee, and the IACP Foundation.

Chief Bowman is a popular speaker who addresses all age groups. He has served as a lecturer, instructor, adjunct professor, and visiting fellow for several colleges and universities. He is a Deacon in his affiliated church, serves on numerous community advisory boards, and has several publications and professional reports to his credit.

Chief Bowman has received the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Gary P Hayes Award, the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Outstanding Local Leader Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from UT Arlington. He and his wife, Denise, and three children live in Arlington. They co-own and operate several private ventures, including a popular Fort Worth restaurant.

Chief Bowman was appointed to the CALEA Board beginning January 2006. He currently serves as a member of the Standards Review and Interpretation Committee and Review Committee E.

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