March 20th, 2018

April Salter 850-681-3200

Florida Police Chiefs Association Leaders Appointed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Police Chiefs Association today announced that two of their senior leaders have been appointed to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The Commission was created by SB 7026, called the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, and signed into law by Governor Scott. The sixteen member commission will examine the February 14, 2018 high school shooting and will identify and address what could have been done differently. FPCA President, Police Chief Kevin Lystad of Miami Shores, was appointed by Governor Scott and will serve as vice-chair of the Commission. Chief Chris Nelson, Chief of the Auburndale Police Department, was appointed to the Commission by Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

“Florida’s police chiefs are the eyes and ears for Florida’s communities and understand the diversity and complexity of our state. We appreciate Governor Scott and Speaker Corcoran for providing the opportunity to provide input on the commission.” said Amy Mercer, Executive Director of the Florida Police Chiefs Association.

“I look forward to the important work that is ahead of us, said Chief Lystad. “We need to understand how tragedies like these can be avoided in the future. There are no easy answers, but we must look at the contributing factors and the potential solutions,” said Chief Lystad.

FPCA 3rd Vice President, Chief Chris Nelson currently serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Auburndale, said “I’m honored to serve on this important commission to look for ways to keep our schools safe.”