The School Board has appointed two assistant school police chiefs to the District’s Police Department. Regina Price and Dennis Weiner will report directly to School Police Chief Frank Kitzerow.
The hiring is part of the expansion of the School Police Department that has been underway for most of this year. More than 50 officers have been hired by the department since Chief Kitzerow took the helm in July.
“We are working toward setting the benchmark for school-based policing in the United States,” said Kitzerow. “We should be setting the model for other school police departments to follow.”
Price, who grew up in Palm Beach County, was with the Riviera Beach Police Department where she started as an officer in 1986 and was promoted to Major before she left the department in 2016 to head the Darby Township Police Department in Pennsylvania as the Chief of Police.
“[Price] is well respected and is a well-versed officer who will bring great talent to our organization,” Kitzerow said.
Price has been honored as the 1996 Palm Beach Post Officer of the Year runner-up, the 1996 Minority Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Minority Law Enforcement Council and the 2003 Unsung Hero of Law Enforcement by Operation Hope.
Dennis Weiner brings extensive law enforcement, military and legal experience to the School District. Weiner most recently was the Executive Director of Law Enforcement Exchange, Inc., and previously served as Chief of Police for Coral Gables, Fla., Juno Beach, Fla. and for the Centre Island, Oyster Bay, NY Police Department. He also served in the New York City Police Department from 1985 to 1992.
Weiner’s military experience includes Navy Security Lead for the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago, Deputy Camp Commander, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Training/Operations/Logistics Officer Maritime Civil Affairs & Security Forces Assistance Command, and he was selected by the Security Department to re-work an Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Plan & Physical Security Plan while serving as the Master at Arms for the Navy Security Force in Naples, Italy.
Weiner has a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Organizational Management from Harvard University, a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, and has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1999. He also holds an LLM in Tax Law from New York University Law School and graduated from the FBI National Academy.
“The caliber of the people we are attracting, at all levels of the agency from officers to these two deputy chiefs is really remarkable,” Kitzerow said. “People like this bring great credibility to our department.”