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Police foundation breakfast upbeat but no word on chief’s changes

Boca Raton Police Foundation progressed from small fundraisers to a big breakfast in a Boca Raton Resort & Club ballroom.

“Breakfast with the Chief” drew a big crowd of VIPs, foundation members and supporters for police initiatives not covered by the city.

Boca Police Chief Dan Alexander announced a 26 percent decrease in crime in the last 13 years. He gave the audience an overview of the department. He introduced Officer Rosalind Gualteri, aka Officer Roz, Officer of the Year.

Police Chief Dan Alexander, right, front row, with city council and other dignitaries at Breakfast with the Chief for Boca Raton Police Foundation.

But what he didn’t say was the elephant in the room. Last month, Alexander was approved to be director of school police for the Palm Beach County school district. He’ll report to the district’s police chief. But there’s no starting date, the district confirmed. And the city hasn’t announced his retirement and replacement. The police department refers announcements to the city.

Back to “Breakfast with the Chief,” Alexander was introduced by John C. Tolbert, president and managing director of the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

ADT Security Services’ executive Bob Tucker talked about working closely with law-enforcement and supporting customers. He showed a moving video of a response to a fire. The company is headquartered in Boca.

Police Foundation director Debbie Levine emceed. Sponsors included ADT, the Resort, Crocker Partners, Office Depot, Michelle and Marty Greenberg, Polen Capital, Gary Peters Family Foundation and Ellen and Marc Blumencrantz.

By Marci Shatzman

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