Daniel Alexander Named Chief of School Police

Daniel Alexander Officially Named Chief of School Police Department
Posted on 05/03/2021
Daniel Alexander Officially Named Chief of School Police Department

Daniel Alexander has taken the helm as Chief of the School District of Palm Beach County Police Department, a promotion formalized during a pinning ceremony held on May 3. As Chief, Alexander is tasked with continuing the great work that has led the District’s School Police department to being known as a nationwide leader in school safety and security.

“Chief Alexander, this promotion represents the confidence and faith that this District has in you, and the dedicated work you will continue to perform out of the greatest commitment in the world, the commitment to protect our children,” said Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II.

“I have complete confidence that through his integrity, professionalism, and highly-specialized brand of school-based policing, our campuses will remain a safe environment for student wellness and education to flourish,” Fennoy said.

Since joining the Department in 2019, Alexander has been instrumental in developing various technology solutions to include real-time command, video integration, asset management, panic alarms, professional standards, project management, and scheduling. He’s also credited with refining internal remote communication strategies to include a virtual Roll Call program.

During the promotional ceremony, Alexander’s wife, Nixita, pinned Chief Alexander’s badge.  “When she pinned this shield on my uniform, I reaffirmed my commitment to her and to you that I will not tarnish this shiny new badge. I will strive to maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity,” he said.

Alexander is also central to work involving the development of strategies to manage the growth of the School District Police Department following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School tragedy, particularly in the dimensions of planning, project management, policies, procedures, personnel development, process refinements, and performance accountability.

In fact, Alexander noted that he has a photo of the MSD victims in his office, “to serve as a reminder of why we are here. In their honor we will aggressively challenge any threat to the safety of our kids and our schools. And a reminder that we all share a responsibility in making sure our students are safe and they feel safe,” he said.

Alexander has more than 32 years in law enforcement and was formerly Chief of Police for the cities of Boca Raton and Cape Coral. He has a bachelor’s degree and master’s of public administration from the University of Florida. He also has training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Executive Institute Senior Leadership Program.

“Looking to the future, we must recognize that our success will hinge on the continued investment in our department employees. To our department staff, you have my commitment to put you first and create an environment that is purposeful, positive, professional, and productive,” Alexander said.

                                          

“To our teachers and staff, we will continue to strengthen our partnership with you so we can provide all of our students with everything they need to succeed. We are equally committed to staff safety and we recognize our role as part of the larger District team,” he added.

During the ceremony, Alexander noted that his family’s “roots run deep with this District and public education,” as both of his children were educated in District schools. His daughter is also a Florida school teacher.

Concluding his remarks, Alexander stated, “this department will be laser-focused on keeping every campus safe every day.”

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