CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Clearlake Police Chief Craig Clausen was recognized Thursday for an achievement accomplished by less than 1 percent of the state's law enforcement community.
Robert Stresak, executive director for the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, or POST, presented Clausen with the organization's Executive Certificate for satisfactory completion of requirements for the award described in Title II, Division 2 of the California Code of Regulations.
Stresak said he wanted to express the great significance of the award and his pleasure for the opportunity to present it to Clausen before the Clearlake City Council and the community Clausen serves.
According to Stresak, POST has presented only 1,500 executive certificates in the past 50 years.
He commended Clausen for his tenacity and dedication in earning the certificate while “juggling” the responsibilities of his employment and his family.
Stresak said Clausen was one of the few to receive the certificate.
“For every 1,000 law enforcement applicants, 100 get accepted to the academy while 90 graduate and 80 complete field training requirements. Only 1 percent join the state's police officer community; even fewer become executive officers,” he said.
Clausen was surprised and speechless at the presentation.
City Manager Joan Phillipe later took time in her report to recognize Clausen's achievement.
“I want everybody to know what a big deal this is,” she said. “I have worked with a lot of police chiefs but not one who has achieved that certificate.”
Stresak said POST serves more than 615 law enforcement agencies and 79,000 police officers throughout the state.
POST maintains 40 academies, offering 4,000 training courses from basic to executive training.
“What just took place right there, is well-deserved. Thank you for serving our community,” Mayor Denise Loustalot said.
Last September, another local law enforcement leader, Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen, also received the POST Executive Certificate, as Lake County News has reported.
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