Punta Gorda police chief one of three named to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission
Punta Gorda police chief Pamela Davis has been named as one of three new members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission.
The commission was set up to investigate system failures in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and prior mass violence incidents in Florida and develop recommendations for system improvements.
The commission sits within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and was established during the 2018 legislative session.
In addition to Davis, also named was Daniel Fopganholi, a Broward County School Board member, and John Newman, chief of Security and Emergency Management for Hillsborough County.
- Davis is the Chief of police for the Punta Gorda Police Department. She was previously the Director of the Professional Development and Training Academy for the Baltimore Police Department. She is the President of the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Vice Chair of Drug Free Charlotte County. Davis earned her master’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of both the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum.
- Foganholi is a Broward County School Board member for District One. He is the Director of Strategic Partnership for the Brazilian American Coalition and the Director of Legislative Affairs for New Generation Children’s Ministry. Foganholi earned certificates in marketing and business management from Florida Atlantic University.
- Newman is the chief of Security and Emergency Management for Hillsborough County. He was previously the Assistant Chief of Police for the Tampa Police Department. Newman earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice and his master’s degree in American studies from the University of South Florida and graduated from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.
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