WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The School District of Palm Beach County has a new Police Chief, Daniel Alexander will lead the school district’s police department after the current chief departs next week.
Alexander is the current deputy chief of school police, and will replace outgoing Chief Frank Kitzerow, who announced his resignation last week and will officially leave the department at the end of the month.
.@pbcsd Superintendent has appointed Daniel Alexander as the next Chief of School Police. Alexander currently serves as Deputy Chief of School Police. The announcement comes after the resignation of Chief Frank Kitzerow who will leave the department at the end of the month. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/sFccFJsjdF
— Ryan Hughes (@HughesWPTV) April 19, 2021
Alexander joined the school district’s police department in December of 2019 after serving as the Boca Raton police chief for more than 13 years.
Prior to that, he was the police chief in Cape Coral for four years.
“School policing is not what it used to be,” Alexander told WPTV on Monday. “It’s not a police officer standing in a bus loop somewhere and just watching kids.”
Alexander said his primary focus in becoming chief will be to build upon the police department’s success over the last few years, including new technology to monitor schools and advanced threat assessment.
“I see us continuing the evolution,” Alexander said. “What’s different about school policing is we have one singular focus. And that’s to keep our schools safe every day.”
Alexander said one of the biggest challenges his agency has faced is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused tremendous levels of stress. The School District of Palm Beach County will return to traditional in-person education next school year, and get rid of distance learning related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our concern is that once we have some post-traumatic stress associated with this pandemic, that we’re able to deal with that in terms of providing wraparound services to our students as they come back into this environment,” Alexander said.
Alexander will be sworn-in as school district police chief on April 30, which will also be Chief Kitzerow’s last day.cers, which he feels could improve morale within the department.