Major Nicholas Caristo, a law enforcement professional for more than 33 years who has been the Acting Police Chief of the Palm Beach Police Department since September 2018, was officially appointed Police Chief by Town Manager Kirk Blouin.
“Major Caristo has exhibited the necessary grit, integrity and dedication to this community that will lead the department into the future. He has demonstrated the courage to make the tough choices. I am confident he and his team will continue to keep the community safe and make positive contributions to the Town,” said Town Manager Blouin.
Before joining the Palm Beach Police Department in 2005, Chief Caristo served 20 years with the New York City Police Department, where he specialized as an investigator in the Special Victims Unit before becoming a 9/11 First Responder. In Palm Beach, he began his service in the Patrol Unit, Detective Bureau and Organized Crime, Vice and Narcotics Unit. In 2013, he was promoted to rank of Sergeant as Supervisor to Organized Crime, and Vice and Narcotics, and Patrol. In 2015, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the Support Services Division supervising the Code Enforcement and Parking Unit, Business and Community Relations, Records Information Systems and the Communications Unit. Following, he was appointed to the rank of Captain in 2016, to Major in October 2017, and to Acting Chief in September 2018.
Throughout his career with the Palm Beach Police Department, Chief Caristo received 23 Department/Citizen commendations, was named Officer of the Month six times, was awarded Kiwanis Officer of the Quarter twice and is a recipient of the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal.
Chief Caristo holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from State University of New York Empire State College and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course.
The following officers were also promoted and recognized at a Department Meeting and Promotional Ceremony held at Town Hall on April 12, 2019:
· Benjamin Alma to Support Services Manager
· Detective Michael Koerner to Sergeant
· Detective David Watson to Sergeant
· Sergeant Daniel Wilkinson to Lieutenant
· Sergeant Gary Walley to Lieutenant
· Captain Thomas Melnichok to Major