- Departments:Support Services Bureau
- Title:Assistant Chief
- Phone:(954) 828-5500
Responsibilities: Assistant Chief Karen Dietrich is the Commander of the Support Services Bureau.
History: During her tenure with FLPD, she has worked in all the areas of the City to familiarize herself with the vast geography we have to patrol. She has served in the Special Problems Unit for 2 years and in the Honor Guard. She was also a member of the SWAT Team, which provided her with excellent training and tactics. However, one of her biggest accomplishment during her tenure in patrol was becoming the first female motorcycle officer in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. She remained as a Motor Officer for 5 years attending many competitions from Fort Lauderdale to New Orleans. While in New Orleans she won the award for the Top Female Rider.
She was promoted to Sergeant in 2001. After six months as a Road Patrol Sergeant she had the opportunity to become the Sergeant in charge of the Training Unit. She took over the Training Unit and was able to attend numerous training classes to include receiving her certification as a firearms instructor in multiple disciplines such as handgun, shotgun, rifle, and MP-5. She brought many training classes together for the department and developed a 40 hour training block for all personnel on an annual basis. She remained the Sergeant of the Training Unit for 4 years until she was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as a Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Division. On September 10, 2006 she was promoted to Captain.
During her tenure as a Captain, she served in Road Patrol with the additional responsibility as the FTO Commander for one year before being assigned as the Executive Officer to the District Major for three years. In 2010 she was assigned to Special Operations where she oversaw several units such as the Red Light Camera Program, Traffic Homicide, Homeless Outreach, Code, Crime Prevention & Special Events Division. During the merger of Special Operations and Support Services Captain Dietrich took on additional responsibilities of all the specialty units to include K-9, Bomb, Motors, Mounted, Marine and many other units. On January 6, 2013 she was assigned as the Criminal Investigations Commander.
On September 28, 2014 she was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned as the Internal Affairs Commander. In September 2016, she was assigned back to the Investigations Bureau. In January 2018 she was assigned as Support Services Commander. On November 11, 2018 she was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief and took over as the commander in the Support Services Bureau, she currently holds this position today.
- Critical Decision Making in Complex Coordinated Attacks- Department of Homeland Security
- Executive Development Seminar- FBI LEEDA
- Future Police Chiefs Conference- Florida Police Chief’s Association
Leadership in Police Organizations, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Date Joined FLPD: July 2, 1990
Degree: Masters Degree- Strategic Leadership/ Mountain State University
Bachelors Degree- Public Administration / Union Institute & University
Associates Degree- Criminal Justice / Broward Community College
Graduate: Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBI NA) #262
Adjunct Instructor / BCC Criminal Justice Institute
SPI Executive Leadership / Louisville Kentucky
SPI Command Officer Development Course/ Louisville Kentucky