5 Questions with Delray Police Chief Jeff Goldman 

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1. What made you decide to become a police officer?
My parents owned a restaurant in Pompano Beach. I worked there as an 18 year old cooking and cleaning. Pompano Beach Police Officers would come in for breakfast and lunch. I would hear them telling stories of their job. I was so enthralled in what they were saying. One of them asked if I was interested in being a police officer. I jumped at the chance and started as an auxiliary officer in Pompano Beach at 19 years old. I fell in love with the job and made it my career.
2. Tell us about yourself and how you worked your way up to police chief.
I was born and raised in South Florida. I attended high school in Hollywood. I started at Delray Beach PD at the age of 20, presently I am 47 years old. I am married to my wife, Cindy and have two children, Samantha 15 years old and Tyler 12 years old. I enjoy sports and like to exercise. I started with the Delray Beach Police Department in 1989. Through the years I have had the opportunity to work in many units and gain valuable knowledge of the city and this profession. I started my climb up the ranks in 2000 as a sergeant. From there I was promoted to lieutenant, captain and assistant chief. I was appointed Chief of Police in 2014. It wasn’t easy, as I went back to school to earn my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. I also attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA., a 10-week executive leadership school. As chief, I oversee 156 sworn officers and 65 non-sworn civilians. We are responsible for ensuring public safety for the 16 square miles of our city. We are a full-service police department that is accredited.
3. What is the best and most rewarding part of working for the city of Delray? The most challenging?
The best part of working for this city is the people. The people I work with internally at this police department, those at city hall, and those who I meet on a regular basis. It’s such a great place to work and call home for a career in law enforcement. Most rewarding is seeing those I have mentored and championed continue to grow professionally and be the next leadership team of the police department. I am very proud of our succession planning and continued investment in our employees. The most challenging part of my job is finding a balance of spending time with my employees and our community. There is not enough time in the day to interact with both. You have to find time each day to walk around and talk with the employees and make it a point to get out of the building to speak with our community.
4. What safety tip does the department push the most?
We can’t tell people enough to “Lock Your Doors to Keep What’s Yours.” We see plenty of burglaries to unlocked vehicles.  It’s also important to educate our senior community about scam artists that target them.
5. Tell us about how the department uses social media to reach its residents. Have you found it effective/helpful?
Social media is one of the most important tools for communicating with our residents and visitors. We have more than 11,000 Facebook followers and more than 9,000 for Twitter. I even have my own Facebook page with more than 2,000 followers. We use social media to let the community know about crime trends, safety tips, road closures, missing people, the work of our employees and so much more. It’s an easy way for them to ask us questions, as well.