Chief Tony Farrar

Chief William “Tony” Farrar has been a police officer for 34 years. Chief Farrar is a graduate of the POST Executive Leadership Command College, POST Executive Development Course, and the Police Executive Research Forum - Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. 

Chief Farrar holds graduate degrees in Administration of Justice and Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science. In 2013 he graduated from the University of Cambridge (UK) - Institute of Criminology with an additional graduate degree in Criminology and Police Management.

Chief Farrar is a graduate of the POST Master Instructor Development Program and a certified trainer through the Peace Officers Standard and Training in six different disciplines. He is also a certified trainer through the California Association of Tactical Officers and the National Tactical Officers Association.

In 2009, Chief Farrar received the Peace Officers Standards and Training Individual Excellence in Training Award. The Excellence in Training Award recognizes outstanding contributions to law enforcement training. The award encourages innovation, quality, and effectiveness. He was the "runner up" for this award in 2008.

Chief Farrar has extensive knowledge and expertise relating to tactical operations and has presented information relating to tactical operations to audiences including law enforcement, community groups, and the private sector throughout California and other states. He has developed several law enforcement conferences and training venues and his written materials have been published in both domestic and international publications.

In 2009, Chief Farrar participated in a Homeland Security Training Mission in Israel; training with experts in law enforcement, the military, and the private sector. In 2010, Chief Farrar participated in a Humanitarian Mission to Haiti; assisting with relief efforts and evaluating first response plans.

In February 2013, Chief Farrar was appointed as an Executive Fellow at the Police Foundation in Washington D.C. The Police Foundations central focus is the advancement of policing through innovation, research and science. In April 2013, Chief Farrar participated in the 13th Annual Jerry Lee Capitol Hill Symposium on Evidence-Based Policy (Police Education in What Works: From the US to the UK). 

Chief Farrar continues to teach leadership courses throughout the state and has been recognized for his leadership training by the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) and other state and national organizations.

Chief Farrar is also a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Society of Evidence-Based Policing, the California Police Chief's Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

In 2013 Chief Farrar received the Award of Excellence in Evidence-Based Policing from the Society of Evidence-Based Policing for his research on Body Worn Video. This award was presented to Chief Farrar at the 6th Annual Evidence-Based Policing Conference in Cambridge. In 2014 Chief Farrar and the Rialto Police Department received the Motorola - Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Police Programs from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

Chief Farrar has become one of the leading experts on Body Worn Video and has presented on this technology not only across the United States but also Internationally. In November of 2014, Chief Farrar's contribution to the research on Body Worn Video Cameras at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology was published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.    

In July 2015, Chief Farrar was selected to be inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame. This is an impressive accomplishment as the two requirements to be inducted are challenging and hard-earned marks of distinction. Those who are members have not only been central to the implementation of a documented rigorous scientific evaluation of police practices, but have also shown a consistent record of incorporating evidence-based practices into policing. The award ceremony is will take place on August 12, 2015 at George Mason University's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy.      

In 2015 Chief Farrar will serve as the President of the San Bernardino County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association.