Performance Driven Professional Police and Governmental Executive with proven success in a broad range of government including law enforcement, city government, strategic planning, child dependency, and safety & security in university campus environment.

A Senior Law Enforcement Professional, FBI National Academy and FBI LEEDS graduate with a proven track record of success as a Chief of Police, Executive Lieutenant, Unit Commander and Director of Safety and Security at a large national university.  A seasoned, goal-oriented, and performance-driven police executive with over 40 years of demonstrated success in County and municipal law enforcement leadership including; administration, operations, management/leadership, investigations, community policing, social services, school resource officers, and volunteerism. Knowledgeable in regulations associated with compliance within higher education as related to safety and security/policing of college campuses.


4613 N. University Dr #571- Coral Springs, FL 33067

Key Achievements

  • A retired police chief within America’s largest nationally accredited sheriff’s office with 6300 employees, including 2,800 certified law enforcement deputies.
  • Chief of Police for Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) City of Oakland Park with expertise in municipal environments: interacting with City Managers, City Commissions, Homeowners Associations, employees and Collective Bargaining members; as well as the community we serve.
  • Director of Campus Safety & Security at a national university and responsible for Clery Act and Title IX Investigations.
  • Successfully designed and implemented law enforcement programs for the City of Oakland Park to better carry out the policies and goals of the City Commission and Management, as well as the City’s 48,000 residents (i.e.: Pain Clinic Task Force, Homeland Security/Hardening City Infrastructure, Sexual Predator Ordinance).
  • Experienced police chief with proven bottom-line performance and continuous improvement in administrative, operational and financial outcomes including identifying cost sharing and alternative funding sources.
  • Developed the infrastructure and managed the Child Protective Investigations Section when the Florida Department of Children & Families contracted with the Broward Sheriff’s Office to be their contractual service provider for child dependency investigations.
  • Experience with process improvement and the criteria for attaining Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA), Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA), International Association of College Law Enforcement Accreditation (IACLEA) and the Florida Sterling Award.
  • Proven commitment working in partnership with diverse communities and charitable organizations. Strong proponent and believer in strength through diversity and productive community collaboration. Recipient of Presidential Volunteer Service Award (2010, 2011 & 2012). Awarded the Presidential Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
  • Proven record for being multi-task orientated, focused and completing projects and assignments with efficiency and positive effectiveness, as well as exercising considerable initiative and independent judgment.
  • Assisted City of Oakland Park City Manager develop the City’s Strategic Plan and Business Plan for several city departments with the emphasis on public safety (police, fire and code enforcement).
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Provided over 1000 hours of sworn testimony in local, state and federal depositions, motions and trials.

Professional Strengths

  • Seasoned leader in CALEA agency
  • Organizational improvement
  • Customer Service focused
  • Experienced communicator
  • Experienced problem solver
  • Strategic thinker
  • County and municipal leader
  • Experienced project manager
  • Community oriented policing
  • Courtroom Testimony Professional
  • Encourages Diversity


January 2013 to present

Bukata & Associates, Inc


President and owner of Bukata & Associates, Inc. We conduct safety and security assessments and training for public and private businesses in order to minimize risk and liability. We also specialize in the development of police policy & procedures and interpretation and providing expert courtroom testimony in:

  • Child dependency investigations
  • College and University security and law enforcement (including access control)
  • Community policing initiatives
  • Corporate and private plant security related matters
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Domestic counter terrorism initiatives
  • Evidence collection and storage protocols for law enforcement agencies, law firms, and insurance companies.
  • Expert witness testimony and litigation preparation relating to police procedures and practices for both defendants and plaintiffs
  • Federal Title IX requirements and investigations
  • Homeland security initiatives
  • Internal Affairs investigations
  • Jeanne Clery Act requirements and investigations
  • Law enforcement accreditation
  • Law enforcement litigation
  • Law enforcement policies and procedures: development and review
  • Law enforcement related technology
  • Leadership development
  • Media relations – crisis management
  • Minority hiring and promotion
  • Negligent Security & Premises Liability
  • Police hiring practices, recruitment, and retention issues
  • Police use of lethal and less lethal use of force
  • Police vehicle pursuits
  • Preparing for and responding to mass disasters
  • Racial Profiling
  • Security development and deployment
  • Security/Threat assessments
  • Training initiatives
  • Use of Force instruction
March 2013 – June 2017


Johnson & Wales University – N. Miami Campus

Responsible for the overall operation, administration and management of the Department of Campus Safety & Security (CSS) including emergency management, transportation (Fleet) and security threat assessments; as well as for building relationships which reflects positively upon our university. Supervises and develops the department staff, facilitating professional opportunities to improve individual capability and managing performance against job accountabilities, department goals, and established university, campus and department policies and procedures. In addition, this position is responsible for attaining Accreditation thru IACLEA and meeting all requirements as mandated by the United States Department of Education associated with campus law enforcement/security. Initiated “Stop the Bleed” campaign training and hardware and brought Narcan to the campus including mandating training for CSS personnel.

2006 – December 2012

Chief of Police: City of Oakland Park, FL

Responsible for the overall operation, administration and management of police services for the City of Oakland Park; including emergency management, which has an annual operating budget of $13 million, 88 sworn officers & 10 civilians. Plan, direct, coordinate, supervise and evaluate the activities of Police Department personnel in preserving order, protecting life and property and in enforcing laws/ordinances. Initially served as Assistant Chief for the City.

  • Work in team environment with other City department heads and police union leaders to resolve inter-organizational concerns and build professional internal relationships.
  • Successfully designed and implemented law enforcement programs for the City to better carry out the policies and goals of the City Council and Management as well as City’s 45,000 residents.
  • Heavily involved in community and charitable organizations.
  • Implement neighborhood resource office to enhance outreach into the community.
  • Use of code enforcement deputy to increase compliance in severe code/zoning cases and to address neighborhood/quality of life concerns.
  • Maintain high law enforcement service levels, despite 30% increase in coverage area with 5 % budget reduction.
  • Received national recognition for efforts to address pain clinics, including the appointment of a deputy to the Office of the President as part of a White House Task Force. First In Broward County to address the Pill Mill trend prior to judicial or legislative attention.
  • Coordinated renovation of 18,000 square foot district office and two-room holding cell area and coordinated relocation efforts.
  • Increased community outreach and municipal relations with Hispanics, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and other minority/interest groups; participation in US citizenship classes with Hispanic Unity of South Florida.
  • Implemented use of technology; including camera surveillance in municipal parks and in governmental facilities, to increase public safety.
  • Developed ordinances related to pain clinics, roadside solicitation, sexual predators/offenders, red light cameras and other severe areas of concern to the community.
  • Identified “loopholes” noted in Florida Law associated with transient sexual offenders to the attention of the State Legislature who have incorporated said recommendations into the 2011, 2012 & 2013 Legislative sessions.
  • Applied for and regularly receive grant funding utilized for implementation of law enforcement strategies within the City.
  • Maintain average monthly call levels to support 4,100 calls, with an average of 2,500 arrests annually.
  • Implemented a Special Investigative Unit, Bicycle Patrol Unit, Complex Code Enforcement Investigation Unit and Park Safety Unit to combat increased trends in street level crimes and achieved 13 % reduction in Part One offenses from 2007 through 2012.
  • Received national recognition for partnership with Hispanic Unity of S. Florida for deputies assisting in the instruction of U.S. citizenship classes. Also, developed and maintained partnerships and other outreach efforts to minority communities.
  • Implemented a mentorship program to facilitate employees to further their career and education.
  • Created a Sheriff’s Explorer Post for 25 Oakland Park youth. This post is completely funded by the Law Enforcement Trust Fund and managed by the BSO Oakland Park deputies.
  • Managed the Broward Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Program 1997 to 1999.
1997 - 2006




Central Broward (2004-2006) Served as the Executive Officer (Assistant Police Chief) within this BSO district reporting directly to the District Chief. Responsible for managing a 5.5-million-dollar budget and all operational needs associated with servicing the unincorporated central Broward community of 25,000 residents.

Child Protective Investigations Section (CPIS) (2000-2004): Lieutenant of Operations; responsible for the operation, administration and investigative activities of CPIS which is responsible for the timely investigation of all child abuse complaints in Broward County (with 1.8 million residents). Since Broward ranks high among Florida counties for the number of abuse reports received annually (15,000 cases), extensive resources were devoted to this section including 101 investigators, 25 supervisors/managers and 37 support personnel (budget $12 million).

Strategic Investigations Division (SID) (1997-2000) Served as the Countywide Executive Lieutenant for SID (includes Major Narcotics, Vice, Street Narcotics, Multi-Agency Gang Task Force Commander, Gang Investigations, Child Pornography & Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, School Resource Officer program). Directed all administrative and operational functions of the section.  Additional responsibilities included budget preparation, grant writing, coordination, command, control and direction of all administrative and operational activities of the Division.  (Budget 10 million and 65 personnel)

1983 - 1997


Organized Crime Division: Domestic Interdiction Unit, Domestic and International drug smuggling and money laundering investigations.

1981 – 1983




  • Institute for Intergovernmental Research Facilitator (via Bukata & Associates) Dec 2017 to Present
  • Lexipol Professional Services Representative (Part-Time) August 2018 to Present
  • Lexipol Florida Subject Liaison (via Bukata & Associates) Nov 2015 to August 2018
  • Police Officer (Part-Time) Town of Hillsboro Beach FL. State of Florida sworn police officer assigned to training and organizational development and Marine Patrol. January 2014 to Present.
  • Nova Southeastern University, Adjunct Instructor, Undergraduate Criminal Justice program; 2009 to Present
  • Broward College: Institute of Public Safety Institute. Police Academy Instructor June 2002 to 2004, 2009 to 2017 & 2/2019 to Present
  • Broward College: Adjunct Instructor, Undergraduate Criminal Justice 2009 to 2017
  • University of Phoenix, S. Florida Campus, Instructor, Undergraduate Criminal Justice, General Studies and Undergraduate Business and Management; March 2002 to June 2014.
  • Police Officer (Reserve) City of Miramar, FL; State of Florida sworn police officer assigned to training, organizational development.  May 2013 to December 2013
  • University of Phoenix: Online, Adjunct Instructor and Mentor, Undergraduate Criminal Justice, General Studies and Management. June 2002 to June 2004.
  • University of Phoenix: Area Chair for Undergraduate Business and Management, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl Campus. January 2004 to 2005.
  • University of Phoenix: Area Chair for Criminal Justice Administration, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl Campus. November 2002 to December 2003.


University of Phoenix (S. Florida Campus)
M.A. Organizational Management, 2001

Graduate of the FBI National Academy, 236 Session,
Quantico, VA, 2009

State of Florida Certified Police Instructor

Graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, 70th Session,
Quantico, VA, 2012

FEMA Incident Command National Certification:
IS-100, IS-100.leb, IS-200, IS-300, IS-400, IS-700 & IS-800.A, IS-800.B, IS00005.a, IS-00240.b, IS-00907, IS-00042, IS-00120.a, IS-0052 (Public Works Role in Emergency Mgt)

Certified Police Marine Patrol Officer

Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
Bachelor of Professional Studies, 1999

• Graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course,
University of Louisville, 1995

Federal Title IX and Jeanne Clery Act Investigations

Sexual Assault on College Campus Investigator

Adjunct Criminal Justice Professor
at Nova Southeastern University, University of Phoenix (former), Broward Collage and Institute of Public Safety instructing undergraduate criminal justice, business management and organizational development

Florida Police Accreditation Manager

Community Leadership – Professional Memberships – Professional Awards

Leadership – Professional Memberships

  • FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) (Since 2009)
  • FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI LEEDA) (Since 2012)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) (Life member)
  • Broward County Chiefs of Police Association (Since 1997)
  • Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) (Since 1997)
  • National Sheriff’s Association (NSA)
  • Board Member, Kiwanis of Oakland Park (2006 to 2009)
  • Member, Kiwanis of Oakland Park (2006 to 2012)
  • Volunteer Firefighter, Coral Springs, FL (1980 to 1982)
  • South Florida Area Representative FBINAA (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015)
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) (Since 2014)
  • Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police (Since 2014)
  • Florida Police Chief Association (Since 2015)
  • American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) member (Since 2017)
  • Society of Police Futurists International

Professional/Community Awards

  • Named “Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer” by U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida, 1999, “BSO 1997 Co-Deputy of the Year”, “Deputy of Month” (6 times), Exceptional Service Award (3 times)
  • GLBT Presidential Pride Award, June 2010
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “South Florida’s Finest Couples” Recipient, September 2010
  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Recognition for Tour de Broward 2010, 2011 & 2012
  • BSO Volunteer of the Year Recipient, 2012
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life Committee representing Broward Sheriff (2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
  • Recipient of over 130 public and BSO letters of commendation
  • City of Oakland Park Champion Award; 2012
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award 2010, 2011, 2012
  • President’s Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award 2014
  • 2015 & 2016 Anti-Defamation League Excellence in Law Enforcement Award Committee
  • University of Phoenix Faculty of the Year 2004