A true South Florida native, Chief Kevin Lystad was born and raised in South Florida growing up only miles from the community he serves.  Appointed the 9th Chief of the Miami Shores Police Department in March of 2006, he has dedicated his life to his community and the law enforcement profession.

Chief Lystad is a past president and current member of the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as a member of the Dade-Miami Criminal Justice Council.  Chief Lystad promotes effective partnerships within the law enforcement community, citizen groups, private corporations, and non-profit groups such as Informed Families and M.A.D.D.  He also serves on the Executive Board of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force.

Chief Lystad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Barry University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBI LEEDS (Law Enforcement Executive Executive Development Seminar) program, Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course, and the Florida Police Chiefs Association’s Future Police Chiefs training program.

Chief Lystad holds active memberships with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, Florida Police Chiefs Association, and the Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 17 years and his two teenage sons, teaching and practicing martial arts, and volunteering as an Assistant Scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout troop.