MIAMI - The Miami-Dade County Public Schools appointed a new police chief.
The school board appointed Ian Moffett on Wednesday. He was most recently a law enforcement trainer at the Miami Police Academy and previously worked for the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department for 15 years.
"I am very pleased that we are appointing Mr. Ian Moffett, somebody who knows the culture, the needs, the student-centric approach to school policing," said Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Moffett replaced former Chief Charles Hurley, who resigned in February after allegations of sexual harassment that were later cleared by district investigators.
Originally from Guyana, Moffett moved to South Florida as a teenager and graduated from Miami Southridge High School. His father was a police officer in Guyana and his son is also going into law enforcement.
Moffett said he knows that his job is not only to keep the students safe, but also that police officers should be role models.
"At the end of the day, I want to be sure our officers realize that they are mentors to these kids. They need to be able to work with them. Intervention, prevention and enforcement is a last resort," said Moffett.
The Miami-Dade School Board also added 25 new positions to the Schools Police Department.
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