Deputy Commissioner Amir El Farah will officially begin his new role as Chief of Police in Garden Grove, California on January 1, 2023, succeeding Tom Darre, who is retiring.
A 27-year law enforcement veteran, El-Farra began serving the city in 2008 as an officer with the Garden Grove Police Department after serving in the Los Angeles Police Department.
Mayor Scott Styles said in a city news release, “Deputy Chief El Farah has the proven character, drive and ability necessary to successfully lead the Garden Grove Police Department.” I have no doubt that our community has as much faith in him as I do.”
Over his years in the division, he quickly rose through the ranks, being named Acting Sergeant in 2013, Sergeant in 2014, Sergeant of the Year in 2015, Lieutenant in 2016, Captain in 2019, Lieutenant in 2021. became the chief minister.
Major units he oversaw in the department include SWAT, K-9, Special Investigations, and Homeless Special Resources.
“I am honored and humbled to continue working with the extraordinary people of the Garden Grove Police Department in this new position,” Elfara said. To ensure the highest commitment to service, safety and protection.”
El-Farra and his wife Erinn have been married for 26 years and have four children and one grandchild.
Chief since 2019, DaRé is retiring after a 32-year law enforcement career in his hometown of Garden Grove. He also served as director of the city’s emergency operations center during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During his tenure, DaRé advocated hiring more sworn officers, expanded the department’s resources for the homeless, and established a “Community Impact Unit.” This is a partnership program where residents and businesses work together to prevent crime.
He has been awarded the Medal of Courage, the Medal of Merit and Class A Commendation for his achievements in the department.