Orland’s police chief announced his intent to retire last week, according to a press release.
J.C. Tolle has served as police chief since being appointed in 2012, after nearly a year as acting chief, following 10 years as a sergeant in the Orland Police Department.
“I have had the privilege of serving the Orland community for nearly 24 years,” Tolle said in his letter to Pete Carr, Orland city manager. “I feel tremendously blessed and honored to have served the last seven years of my career as the chief of police.”
Tolle was a Willow High School graduate and completed police academy at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka. He worked briefly for the cities of Williams and Willows as well as Glenn County Sheriff before starting as a patrol officer with Orland in September of 1995.
Tolle said he is looking forward to retirement.
“If I can find the right place to lease in Orland, I would like to open up a strength and conditioning gym,” Tolle said on his plans for the future. “Strength training and powerlift has been a passion of mine for 25 years. I think Orland could use this type of facility.”
Carr described Tolle’s leadership of the police department as a time of rebuilding of the department and a period of remarkable success, according to the press release.
“Chief Tolle’s consistent, solid excellence as chief provided the leadership needed for Orland PD to establish itself as a high performance, professional law enforcement team,” Carr said in the press release. “They’ve earned the community’s respect and admiration.”
Tolle worked to build community-oriented policing into the culture at Orland Police Department, according to the press release. Tolle is well known for being approachable as a police chief and visible in the community – Orland officers are frequent visitors at local school campuses.
As chief, Tolle embraced the latest in dash-mounted cameras and body-worn cameras for all officers, providing video and audio records of police interaction with the public, according to the press release. The department is now updated with modern technology, a new fleet of vehicles, new lethal and nonlethal weapons and new uniform insignia. Orland Police Department maintains two K-9 officers with its force and 12 sworn officers.
According to the press release, Tolle also ensured advanced training was available for officers – over what is required – and the department often provides advanced skills training in partnership with other regional agencies for a variety of scenarios from active shooters to K-9 apprehension.
“Anything that was accomplished was completed by the OPD team,” Tolle said.
According to the press release, Tolle’s retirement will be effective July 3.