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Kirk W. Blouin

Director of Public Safety

Palm Beach Police Department

HQ Phone:  (561) 838-5454

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Palm Beach Police Department

345 South County Road

Palm Beach, Florida,33480

United States

Company Description

The Palm Beach Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency that defines the highest levels of service and excellence. We are committed to keeping the Town of Palm Beach among the safest communities in the nation. Our approach is highly pro-activ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Director, Business Development

TransPerfect Inc


Captain of Support Services

Police Department


Director

Public Safety Committee


Deputy Chief of Police and Division Chief

EMS PIPELINE SERVICES LLC


Contributor

Palm Beach Daily News


Affiliations

The Citizens' Association of Palm Beach

Board Member


Education

Southern Police Institute


Bachelor of Science Degree

Business Administration

Florida Atlantic University


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www.palmbeachdailynews.com

Detective Gary Walley, left, is promoted to sergeant by Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin during the Palm Beach Police recognition ceremony Wednesday at Town Hall. (Damon Higgins / Daily News)
Palm Beach Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin, far right, honors police officers who are entering into retirement, from left: Sgt. "He gets along with everyone," Blouin said at the ceremony held in the Town Council chambers filled with co-workers and family members of the honorees. "He's a very dedicated family man and is always talking about his children," Blouin said. "Joe has always been a winner," Blouin said. "It's a great example to some of the younger officers if you stay positive and come to work with a positive attitude good things happen," Blouin said. Blouin recognized four recent retirees: Capt. Jeff Trylch (29 years); Sgt.


www.palmbeachdailynews.com

Palm Beach Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin
Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin said he will never be in favor of decriminalizing charges for those found in possession of under 20 grams of marijuana. On Monday, the West Palm Beach City Commission unanimously gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would give police the option to issue a $100 civil penalty rather than making an arrest. "Politicians should keep out of it and leave it to law-enforcement professionals rather than have a knee-jerk reaction that feels good in the community," Blouin said. Blouin says he doesn't see any advantage to the West Palm Beach ordinance because, under the law, police have discretion whether to confiscate the marijuana and not charge the person or charge the person and issue a notice to appear in court. Mike Edmondson, spokesman for State Attorney Dave Aronberg, said Blouin is correct. But Blouin has no plans to make that happen. A marijuana arrest doesn't prevent someone from going to college or getting a job, Blouin said. A person can become a police officer with a misdemeanor marijuana charge on his or her record, he said. "Lots of times, these small types of crime lead to solving larger crimes," he said.


www.palmbeachcivic.org

The Civic Association hosted a Crime in Palm Beach Symposium with Palm Beach Police Chief Kirk Blouin on January 20.
The Chief reported that, when he first joined the department 20 plus years ago, there were nearly 650 serious crimes (homicide, burglary, assault, etc) per year. In 2010, under his watch, there were just 150 major crimes committed, the lowest total in recorded history.


www.palmbeachdailynews.com

Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin and Mayor Gail Coniglio immediately began working with state officials, including making calls to the governor's office, to resolve the issue.
"We had a disagreement," Blouin said. "Their interpretation of the law was that because these LPR (license plate recognition) and surveillance cameras weren't specifically included in the law that they were illegal." Blouin, president of the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police, worked with Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow, president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, to work out a solution with the state. "I believe at this point we've come to a successful outcome," Blouin said. "They told us at this time to not worry about removing the cameras." He said the letter seemed "a little silly" at first because the state had approved the cameras in the right of way by granting permits for them when they were installed. 'Solves crime' Removing the cameras would have meant a huge loss for the department, Blouin said. "In my experience, this technology is probably some of the best technology since the use of DNA to solve cases," he said. "It solves crime for us. Its use is invaluable." Blouin said the department uses the cameras daily, whether directly or indirectly. They help officers gather intelligence on potential criminal activity, get leads in solving crimes, return warrants, make arrests and aid in Amber alerts and Silver alerts. Police won't say exactly how many cameras are installed on the island or where they are located. But there are at least 100 cameras and the island's entry/exit points are covered, Blouin said. There would have been "very few" cameras to remove on state roads, but it would have been expensive, he said.


www.palmbeachdailynews.com

Holland, property manager of the President of Palm Beach condominium, recently fired Croghan as doorman, said Palm Beach Public Safety Director Kirk Blouin has said.


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