Dan Duncan – Melbourne Beach, Florida’s New Police Chief

The Brass Key | August 14, 2010 | Comments (0)

Dan Duncan plans to shoot new life into community policing, to reawaken neighborhood watch programs and to meet with residents to help reduce crime.

And that’s all in less than one week on the job as the new police chief of Melbourne Beach.

“We’re going to have high visibility,” Duncan said. “I want the community to know that we’ll be there for them.”

Duncan, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement in Brevard County, was selected from a field of about 80 applicants. He began his new position Monday.

Duncan replaced Ronald Krueger, who was the chief between October 2007 and May 2010. Krueger is now police chief in Rockledge.

Melbourne Beach town manager Jim Bursick said he focused his search for a new chief on applicants from Florida and chose Duncan based on experience, knowledge of the area and his previous working relationship with the town’s residents.

“I figured he could hit the ground running and get a lot going, which he already has,” Bursick said. “Having already worked with Dan, I knew what he
could do.”

Duncan, 56, started his law enforcement career in West Melbourne, worked for the Melbourne Police for 24 years, and served with the Melbourne Beach Police Department between 2005 and 2007. He was most recently an officer with the Melbourne International Airport Police. His starting salary is $65,500 per year.

“I’m glad to be here,” he said. “I know the town, I know the people and I’m familiar with the police department.”
 
Duncan said he wants to build a strong bond between the department and the residents.

Among priorities are reviving dormant neighborhood watches, implementing community policing, which seeks closer ties between officers and residents to prevent crime, and conducting periodic community meetings to inform residents about crime trends and crime prevention.

“With the smaller agency you have the opportunity to build that bond with residents,” Duncan said.

By R, NORMAN MOODY from FLORIDA TODAY

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