Assistant City Attorney/Police Legal Advisor
Sarasota Police Department
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Joe Polzak serves as Legal Advisor for the Sarasota Police Department (SPD) and as legal counsel for several other law enforcement agencies. He formerly served as a felony prosecutor for the State of Florida as an Assistant State Attorney. Mr. Polzak is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the IACP Legal Officers Section, the Florida Association of Police Attorneys (FAPA) and state and federal courts. He has presented law enforcement best practices to IACP, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), CIT International, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Florida Institute on Homelessness & Supportive Housing, Florida Coalition for the Homeless, the Florida Housing Coalition and leadership work groups of the Council of State Governments (CSG) and U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Mr. Polzak was awarded the SPD Chief’s Award, U.S. Congressional Law Enforcement Unit Citation, and was co-recipient of the Sarasota NAACP President’s Award for his work on SPD’s homelessness response program, winner of the IACP Leadership in Human and Civil Rights Award.
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