Chief Ian A. Moffett was born in Georgetown, Guyana (South America). After migrating to Toronto, Canada in 1976 with his parents and sister, he eventfully immigrated to Miami, Florida in 1985 with his family. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, and possesses a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. He is also a graduate of the prestigious University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course and a proud graduate of Miami Southridge Senior High School. He is currently employed by the Miami-Dade School Board as the Chief of Police for Miami-Dade Schools Police Department.
The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department is currently the seventh largest law enforcement agency in Miami-Dade County with an authorized strength of 185 sworn personnel and provides police services to the fourth largest School District in the United States. One of main objectives of the department is to provide a safe learning environment that promotes good health and is free from violence, weapons, hazards, vandalism and substance abuse. The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department not only deals with incidents of a criminal nature, but the officers strive to be positive role models for the students and prove there is an alternative to crime or violence. The officers play an active role in the prevention of crime on our campuses.
Chief Moffett has worked and trained with Multi-Agencies regarding responding to critical incidents and has given countless workshops in the area of Youth Violence, Gang Awareness, School Safety, Weapon of Mass Destruction, Emergency Management, and tactical training. He is currently a certified instructor and holds a specialty in firearms through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Chief Moffett is also an online faculty instructor for the University of Phoenix and Florida International University and teaches Critical Incident Management and Concepts of Physical Facility Security, Personal Protection to graduate level students, and Criminal Investigations to undergraduate students. He is currently a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Region 7 Domestic Security Task Force. Chief Moffett is also serves on several school safety and juvenile boards within the South Florida Community. He is currently the Vice President for the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials (NASSLEO) and a Subject Matter Expert for the United States Department of Education on issues related to emergency management in schools.
Previously, Chief Moffett was a Police Major with Miami Police Department, for three and half years, and was responsible for the Training & Personnel Development Section. The Training & Personnel Development Section comprised of 40 personnel consisting of lieutenants, sergeants, officers, and civilian staff. He was also designated as Training Center Director for the Miami Police Training Center. Prior to this, Chief Moffett was also employed with Miami-Dade Schools Police Department for over 15 years. He held the position of Police Captain and commanded the Central Operations Section of the schools police managing over 120 schools and district sites, member of the schools police District’s Critical Incident Response Team (DCIRT), and oversaw 40 officers and civilian staff.