Position Vacancies
Chief of School Police & District Security, the Palm Beach County School District
By the Florida Police Chiefs Association
May 22, 2018 - 8:47:49 PM



Palm Beach County School District

West Palm Beach, FL

Closing Date: May 28, 2018

The Palm Beach County School District Police Department is currently seeking a Chief of School Police & District Security to direct the department and continue to advance its commitment to safety for students and staff in a supportive teaching and learning environment.

About the Police Department

The Palm Beach County School District Police Department was created by a Special Legislative Act which authorized the appointment of sworn police officers to carry out all law enforcement activities throughout the District's schools and facilities.

Over one hundred uniformed Police Officers are assigned to schools throughout Palm Beach County. These Officers are responsible for campus patrol, initial case investigations, subsequent follow-up, and making arrests. Additionally, the officers provide classroom presentations, counsel students and parents, engage students through mentoring, and serve as positive role models to help promote healthy relationships between youth and law enforcement.

SDPBC spends $19 million per year to operate a fully accredited Police Department with 152 sworn officers to serve approximately 174,000 students in 180 District Schools. SDPBC plans to hire at least 75 new officers in the next year to comply with new Florida legislation.

School Security Projects/Campus Hardening

The school District is scheduled to spend $30 million in security projects that are included in one-cent sales tax project list over the next ten years. This includes single point of entry projects, additional surveillance cameras, fencing, card access door locks, etc. The District has also set aside an additional $10 million in District capital millage funds dedicated to school security projects. As required by new law (SB 7026), SDPBC is conducting a threat assessment of each school campus and will be applying for a share of $99 million non-recurring state allocation.

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Essential Job Functions

Performance Responsibilities

The ideal candidate:

  • Provides executive-level leadership in short- and long-term planning, organization, and implementation of District policing, law enforcement, safety, and security goals and objectives.
  • Develops and administers departmental policies, rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures accordingly.
  • Administers a comprehensive school police function, including but not limited to, law enforcement, criminal investigations, records management, emergency communications, youth and gang violence prevention and intervention, professional training and development, and student/community education.
  • Prepares and monitors implementation of the District’s emergency operations and crisis response plans for schools to ensure compliance with state law and District administrative directives.
  • Administers the coordination of data collection, interpretation, and dissemination of information, to include crime and trending analyses of crime occurring on District property.
  • Oversees the implementation and content management of the department’s digital and electronic communications platforms, including but not limited to, external web presence and site efficacy; digital and social media engagement initiatives and objectives; stakeholder community media contacts and outlets; and management of crisis communications for emergency preparedness.
  • Prepares and presents departmental issues and recommendations on major issues requiring policy direction to executive leadership, the Superintendent, the Board, and the public.
  • Conducts organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies to remain abreast of research, trends and developments in the industry; provides continual monitoring and evaluation of efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures.
  • Identifies opportunities for operational and program improvements; recommends and implements necessary change to align with stated goals, objectives, and initiatives for District policing, law enforcement, safety, and security.
  • Administers the enforcement of and District compliance with local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and standards governing the law enforcement, safety, and security functions for the PreK-12 public education environment.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned staff; provides or oversees the coordination and provision of staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies and implement discipline procedures.
  • Prepares and monitors the overall fiscal and operational budgets for policing, law enforcement, and security programs; reviews, recommends, and authorizes purchase of equipment and supplies; ensures proper maintenance and utilization of equipment.

Effective Communication

The ideal candidate:

  • Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing. Must be able to prepare comprehensive reports showing trend analysis, with clear and concise representation of concepts and ideas.
  • Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups, and effectively and tactfully interact with all levels of staff and District administration.

Commitment to Community

The ideal candidate:

  • Promotes cooperative and collaborative relationships with citizen groups, law enforcement agencies, public safety organizations, and community stakeholders in developing and implementing programs to address law enforcement, safety, and security goals and objectives.
  • Provides a public, visible presence in response to student, parent, staff, and community inquiries and concerns regarding safety, security, emergency preparedness, and law enforcement matters; serves as liaison between the District and local, state, and federal emergency response units.
  • Should recognize the special nature of policing 174,000 students in 180 District schools.

Minimum Qualifications

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, police science, criminology, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Police Officer certification or ability to obtain.
  • Extensive work experience as an administrator in increasingly responsible leadership roles in the field of law enforcement, preferably within a large school system or other comparably sized organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and evaluate general and statistical information and use such to inform critical decision-making.
  • Ability to learn current computing technologies and software applications appropriate to the position’s job responsibilities.

The preferred candidate:

  • Will have a background that includes evidence of professional development through recognized training, programs and associations for executives and leaders in law enforcement. Examples include but are not limited to: FDLE Senior Leadership Program (SLP); International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO); FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) and/or Command Leadership Institute (CLI); and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (NUCPS) School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC).
  • Evidence of personal and professional involvement with community stakeholders involved in promoting positive law enforcement, criminal justice, and security programs and initiatives.

Salary Range

The established salary range for this position is $112,573 - $178,588 (S11).

Application Process and Deadline

To apply please go online to and click on External Applicants, at the "Search Jobs" tab enter 185732 (Job Opening ID #) and attach your cover letter and resume. Deadline for submissions is May 28th, 2018.

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