Chief William “Tony” Farrar has been a police officer for 31 years. Chief Farrar is a graduate of the POST Executive Leadership Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum - Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. He is also an adjunct instructor through the Coast Community College District.
Chief Farrar holds graduate degrees in Administration of Justice and Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science. He recently graduated from the University of Cambridge (UK) - Institute of Criminology with an additional graduate degree in Criminology.
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). In May 2013, Chief Farrar was appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Cambridge Executive Program.
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).
Most recently, Chief Farrar received the 2013 Award of Excellence in Evidence-Based Policing from the Society of Evidence-Based Policing. This award was presented to Chief Farrar at the 6th Annual Evidence-Based Policing Conference in Cambridge.