Admiral’s Cove Director of Security Jay Alpert (left) and Chief Executive Officer Peter Moore in front of television monitors in the Admiral’s Cove security office (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)
Jay Alpert, Director of Security for the Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, was named the Palm Beach County 2016 Private Security Officer of the Year by the the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police.
“(Alpert’s) original goal of opening a dialogue in order to maximize efforts and prevent a problem, rather than respond to one, has been fulfilled and indeed surpassed. This program may well serve as a regional model,” Palm Beach Gardens Police Department Chief Stephen J. Stepp wrote in his letter recommending Alpert.
The county Police Chiefs Association gives the award to a private security officer every year. The 2015 Security Officer of the Year was David Fleisch with G4S Security in Jupiter.
The association also gives annual awards to the police officer of the year and the civilian police department employee of the year.
When Albert took the position two years ago in the 900-resident gated community off Alt. A1A in Jupiter, he started regular meetings with local police agencies, including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
The meetings have expanded and now are held on the first Tuesday of every month. They take place at different communities in the northern end of the county. Three dozen agencies regularly attend.
Guest speakers have included Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach County Director of Emergency Management Bill Johnson and Robert Molleda, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
The next meeting on May 2 will feature a guest speaker from the Internal Revenue Service who plans to discuss identity fraud.
“I get speakers with important information that the different departments can share. That encourages cooperation between police departments,” said Alpert.
Admiral’s Cove Director of Security Jay Alpert (center) accepts award from Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Stephen Stepp (left) and North Palm Beach Police Chief Rick Jenkins at April 20 awards ceremony (Photo provided)