James P. Kelly, Esq. - Executive Vice President, School Safety Division
Background and Experience
James Kelly has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University and J.D. from Western New England University. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1985.
Mr. Kelly is a “practitioner” in the area of School Safety. For twenty-three years he served as the Chief of Police for the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC), Florida, which is the eleventh largest school district in the nation (over 180,000 students who speak 152 languages and dialects). In this role, Mr. Kelly was responsible for the safety and security of students, employees, volunteers, and campus visitors as well as the security of all district facilities.
Using a wholistic approach to school safety, Mr. Kelly developed, implemented, and maintained a model school safety program. He used a combination of physical security, prevention /intervention / diversion programs, partnerships with other agencies, policies/procedures, and training (in the above areas), to accomplish the ultimate goal of providing a safe and nurturing educational environment.
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