Chief Pustizzi began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 1988. He served as a patrol officer until 1993, at which time he transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit as a detective. Chief Pustizzi was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1995. During his tenure as sergeant, he served as supervisor to a wide variety of units within the agency including the Patrol Component, the Field Training Program, and Criminal Investigations. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 2002 and served as the Criminal Investigations Unit Commander, which included the General and Special Investigations Unit, Youth Liaison Unit, Crime Scene Investigations, and the Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit. Chief Pustizzi was selected to the Special Response Team in 1990 and was named commander of the Special Response Team in 1997, where he served until 2005. Upon his promotion to Deputy Chief in 2005, he spent the next seven years moving between the Operations and Administration Divisions as Deputy Chief. Chief Pustizzi was sworn in as Chief of Police on March 16, 2012 by City Manager Erdal Dönmez.
Chief Pustizzi earned his B.A. Degree in Criminology from the University of Florida and went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, Chief Pustizzi is a graduate of Southern Police Institute Command Officers Course, the F.A.U. Criminal Justice Executive Leaders Course, the FBI National Academy #221 session and the FBI LEEDS #64 (Law Enforcement Executive Development Course). He currently serves as a State Vice President for the Florida Chapter of the FBI National Academy. Chief Pustizzi is also an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, FBINA Associates, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the International Counter-Terrorism Officers Association.