David Howard

  • Jupiter, Florida US



Highly organized and detail oriented

Proven ability to promote teamwork

Communication skills

Work experience

Work experience
Jan 2013 - Present

Leiutenant/Shift Commander

West Palm Beach Police Department
  • Serve as Acting Commander of a police in the absence of the Precinct Commander
  • Manage day-to-day operations of a police precinct staffed by 26 police officers
  • Directly supervise 4-member team of Sergeants providing administrative, accreditation, budget, and logistical support
  • Develop strategic plans, policies, and procedures to ensure efficient operations
  • Formulate and implement crime reduction strategies to reduce robberies, burglaries, and auto thefts
  • Establish, develop, and maintain liaisons with public, private, and business organizations to implement community oriented policing objectives and/or resolve problems
  • Review and approve operational plans for special events and crime enforcement projects
  • Mentor and train managers, supervisors, and first line personnel
  • Supervised teams of police officers and supervisors who responded to 911 emergency calls
  • Managed public safety emergencies, directed operations at large scale crime scenes, developed and implemented strategies to respond to emerging crime trends
  • Prepared, reviewed, and approved performance appraisals for subordinate supervisors and employees; established performance objectives for subordinate supervisors and employees
  • Mentored and trained new supervisors and employees
Aug 2009 - Jan 2013

Patrol Sergeant/FTO Supervisor

West Palm Beach Police Dept.
  • Manage daily patrolling and security operations
  • Maintaining officer schedules and discipline
  • Diffusing situations volatile or potentially volatile in nature
  • Conduct shift change roll calls
  • Response to calls of serious felonies and incidents and act accordingly
  • Train new officers
  • Manage work correspondence
  • Prepare reports and summaries of incidents
  • Supervise special police programs and units including crime prevention and computer operations
Mar 1992 - Jan 2013

Dive Team Training Coordinator

West Palm Beach Police Dept.
  • Instruct and certify newly selected dive team members in black-water Police Diving, Underwater Crime Scene, Nitrox, Overhead environment, Dry-suit, black water diving, search and recovery and Full face mask diving skills. 
  • Train and supervise a ten member team, report directly to dive team commander on issues relating to training and needs of team to include the preparation of yearly budget. 
  • Supervise dive call outs and adjust training as needed. 
  • Teach 80-hour Underwater Police Science & Technology course.
  • Point of contact for Palm Beach County public safety dive team organizations for Operation Turbulent Trident, in conjunction with United States Customs and United States Navy. 
May 1981 - Jan 2011

Chief Master Sergeant/E-9/Retired

US Air Force/Reserves
  • Principle leader to 350 personnel in five sections
  • Resolved technical work problems not covered by precedents or established policies
  • Analyzed problems or trends regarding quality or quantity of work and operating effectiveness of duty sections
  • Managed employee performance management program such as performance plans, feed-back (mid-point), appraisal reports (evaluations) and personnel award programs
  • Mentored, motivated and apprised personnel whose efforts garnered squadron, group and Wing level quarterly and annual awards
  • Oversaw equipment, personnel, and technical data availability to support contingency operations
  • Ensured personnel are properly trained, equipment is adequate, and safety/security regulations and procedures are complied with and observed
  • Oversaw the preparation of higher headquarter reports and reviews products for accuracy and thoroughness
  • Presented briefings and reports to senior leadership, General Officers, and Senior Executive Service personnel
  • Planned, organized, coordinate and scheduled work to achieve efficient & economical operation
  • Established and adjusted short and long-range plans for accomplishing work, set priorities and deadlines for special projects
  • Provided training, guidance, and inventory support to enlisted force
  • Filled in for First Sergeant on numerous occasions and deployed as a First Sergeant
  • Enforced discipline, short notice discharge and demotion
Sep 1999 - Jun 2008

Accreditation Manager

West Palm Beach Police Dept.
  • Accreditation Manager and Staff Inspections Supervisor
  • Directly supervise two Policy and Procedure Officers and one Staff Inspections Officer
  • Responsibilities include exploring, pursuing, and obtaining grant funding opportunities
  • Development and implementation of the agencies multi-year (strategic) plan
  • Supervising the accreditation efforts of both the law enforcement and communications areas for both state and national accreditation
  • Conducting annual citizen and employee surveys and reporting finding to command staff
  • Supervising newly created Crime Analysis/COMPSTAT unit with two full time analyst
  • Responsible for performing analytical and administrative work with minimal supervision
  • Accreditation training for 450 agency members
  • Provide information and public appearances concerning the accreditation process
  • Draft written directives to achieve accreditation objectives
  • Act as a liaison for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.,
  • Updating of current policies, developing, writing, editing, and the implementation of all new policies and procedures for a 312 sworn member organization, which is the largest municipal police department in Palm Beach County
  • Directly responsible for generating all personnel orders relating to promotion and transfers
  • Assist with writing and obtaining state level grants
  • Develop numerous databases that were used to track off-details, capture and maintain policy issuance, and enhance communication throughout the agency
  • Designated as the agencies lead instructor for CPR and First Aid Training annually. 
Oct 1990 - Feb 2003

Police Officer

West Palm Beach Police Dept.
  • Responding to the scene of a crime or an accident
  • Interviewing suspects, witnesses
  • Writing crime reports
  • Responding to radio calls
  • Monitoring any suspicious activity of ongoing crimes
  • Coordinating vehicular traffic
  • Visiting open businesses such as banks, markets, department stores, service stations, and other types to establish a rapport with owners
  • Booking suspects and evidence and transporting them to the appropriate Police Department facility
  • Responding to citizens’ and visitors’ questions
  • Preparing Daily Field Activity Reports
  • Attending and coordinating neighborhood watch meetings
  • Performing numerous other activities in support of the community policing philosophy


Oct 2004 - Oct 2006


Nova Sourtheastern Univ
Jan 1994 - Dec 1996

Bacholors of Science

Palm Beach Atlantic Univ.


Jan 1996 - Present

Master Scuba Diving Instructor

Jan 2000 - Present


Aug 2009 - Present

Private Pilot (Single Engine Land)

Federal Aviation Administration
Mar 1986 - Mar 2018

100 Ton Master Mariner License

U.S. Coast Guard
Mar 1997 - Mar 2013

Firearms Instructor (K Instructor)

State of Florida
Jan 1998 - Mar 2012

Emergency Medical Technicion-Basic

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicions