Boca’s former police chief retired on Saturday and started his new job Monday.
That officially makes Dan Alexander the Palm Beach school district’s new director of school police. He was approved for the post in October.
School police are not new. The force was founded in 1972 but increased substantially to meet the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act standards. That ensured an officer on every campus for the 2019-20 school year. The district also funded about 50 police aides for large campuses, including monitoring the perimeter and parking lots.
“Combined with regularly budgeted and referendum funds for school police, the district will spend over $60 million for school policing this year,” according to the district.
Here’s Alexander’s responsibilities, according to the school district:
· Directs activities of the department;
· Maintains close working relationship with area and assistant superintendents;
· Recommends policies and procedures relative to the security of the district to the administration;
· Implements board policy and procedures pertaining to the operation of the department;
· Develops and implements an overall comprehensive plan for security for the district;
· Coordinates with state, county and municipal government agencies to help school system personnel obtain services needed by the system;
· Develops and supervises maintenance of records;
· Develops the budget, recommends and evaluates personnel and plans the program of the department.
Alexander reports to Jupiter’s former police chief, district chief of police Frank J. Kitzerow Jr.
Boca Raton’s immediate past deputy chief of police Michele Miuccio is the city’s new interim police chief, effective Dec. 1.
By Marci Shatzman