Hector Garcia holds a doctorate degree in the Organizational Leadership discipline from Argosy University. Hector also holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Lynn University and Florida Atlantic University respectively. Hector is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Leadership Course facilitated through the University of Louisville. He is also a graduate of the FBI Southwest Command College. Dr. Garcia formerly served as the Director of the School of Justice for Miami Dade College (Fl). Miami Dade College is the largest institution of higher education in the United States. As Director of the School of Justice, Dr. Garcia was responsible for the leadership of the law enforcement, fire, corrections, and private security training and certification programs, the college-wide criminal justice and environmental sciences academic programs (Associate and Bachelor’s levels), the law enforcement and fire science assessment center.
Dr Garcia has over 26 years of law enforcement experience with 20 of those years being in the school based law enforcement discipline. He has served as the Chief of School Police for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clark County Police Chief’s assignment called for the leadership of the safety and security of the nation’s fifth largest school district. He lead policing and security services for 330,000 children, 42,000 staff members and over 400 schools and ancillary facilities.
Hector has also served as the Chief of Police/Director of Security for the Sarasota (Fl) School District. In addition, he has served as the Administrative Captain for the Palm Beach County (Fl) School Police Department.
Dr Garcia served as a member of the Palm Beach County Multi-Agency Gang Task Force and the departmental representative for the Palm Beach County Multi-Agency Gang Task Force Executive Steering Committee. Hector also served as the department’s first law enforcement Accreditation Manager. Under his leadership, the Palm Beach County School Police Department was recognized as the first school-based policing agency in the United States to receive both state and national law enforcement accreditation status. Hector has also served as an assessor for law enforcement promotional Assessment Centers as well an assessor for law enforcement accreditation assessments. Hector is the former chair of the Palm Beach County GIS Law Enforcement Management Committee. He served as the grants manager for the COPS grant and numerous other federal and state grants during his career.
Hector has been the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award as well as other commendations for original law enforcement enrichment initiatives. He was conferred with the Safe Communities Award in Las Vegas, NV for his work on traffic safety in school zones. He is also the founder and President of the Family Charity Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the lives of needy children and families.
Hector has extensive and practical experience in the school-based Emergency Management, safety and security fields. Hector has coordinated numerous full-scale critical incident drills throughout the country. Hector designed and implemented the largest school crisis demonstration drill in the country in Las Vegas. He produced and administered the first and largest maritime-related crisis drill in the country in Key Biscayne (Miami), Florida.
Hector has authored articles that have been published in both national and local law enforcement periodicals. Hector serves the International Association of Chiefs Of Police as a member of the Juvenile Justice Committee , Police Administration Committee and the Civil Rights committee. Hector also has served the National Association Of Chiefs of Police as the national Vice President for the Campus Police section. Dr. Garcia currently serves the Miami Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police as chair of the Training, Social Media and Academy Curriculum Committees.
Hector has appeared on CNN, Headline News and local network television programs as an expert commentator on criminology, crisis incidents and planning. Hector has also appeared on the Univision International television network and CNN International En Espanol where he provided his expertise on a variety of criminal justice issues as a criminologist. Dr. Garcia recently appeared on CNN Tonight live where Anderson Cooper interviewed him regarding perspectives on the Newtown massacre. Dr. Garcia also hosts a local television program in Miami-Dade County, Florida that features criminal justice topics with a viewership range of 500,000 households.
Hector has trained thousands of law enforcement and civilians in emergency management, school safety and security topics. Hector served as the judicial/law enforcement expert for the city of Detroit’s Youth Violence analysis. Hector served as the school-based policing education representative for the state of Nevada on a Homeland Security mission to Israel. Hector has also worked with the American Association of School Administrators, the Office of the Governor for the state of Louisiana, the Miami Dade County School District, the state of Florida, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the American Association of School Administrators, the North Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force, The Nevada School Superintendent’s Association, the National School Board Association, the Ministerie of Justitie, Curacao, the Minister of Justice (covering the national police, Customs, Immigration, Prison system and the National Detectives) in Sint Maarten, confidential Fortune 500 organizations, and a host of other entities as a consultant on school safety, crisis /emergency management, security, leadership initiatives and crisis-related projects. Dr. Garcia is the architect of the highly successful Community Policing Initiative in Sint Maarten. He prepared, implemented and monitors the initiative, which has recorded record crime reductions in this country.