KISSIMMEE – The Kissimmee Police Department has sworn Camille Alicea and Wilson Munoz as deputy chiefs during Tuesday’s city commission meeting. They are the first Hispanics to hold the rank of Deputy Chief in the department’s history.
Chief Holland said, “Both Alicea and Muñoz have demonstrated commitment to the agency and the community. They were chosen because they’re true public servants who have fostered strong relationships throughout the city. Their long and plentiful careers with us exemplify excellence in the two of them.”
Alicea has been a part of the agency for about 25 years now. Alicea obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Barry University and is a graduate of the Valencia College Public Safety Leadership Development Certification Program. Alicea is also a Board Member for the non-profit Help Now.
Alicea has moved up through the ranks. She began as an officer, became a detective, then she was assigned to Community Relations as a sergeant and later oversaw the Criminal Investigations Division as a lieutenant, just to name a few of her promotions.
“It’s a full circle moment. Talent and hard work will get you where you need to be,” Alicea said. “I arrived in this country at 21 years old without knowing English. There are no excuses. With a strong support system, you can make it too.” Alicea will be the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Bureau, overseeing the Support Services Division and Professional Standards Section.
Muñoz started his career at KPD nearly 24 years ago, obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, and is a graduate of Valencia College Public Safety Leadership Development Certification Program. Muñoz is also part of the Florida Police Chief’s Association, the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators, and a Board Member of the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council. Muñoz will be the Deputy Chief of the Operations Bureau.
Muñoz moved up the ladder touching all facets of the police department. He, too, started as an officer, became a detective, and then a corporal assigned to Patrol. Later he was promoted to sergeant in the Counter Crimes Unit and lastly, a lieutenant in the Professional Standards Section. He also took part in other units and divisions along the way. “To build trust and respect, collaboration with our residents is vital. I look forward to working with the public every single day. I am proud of the diverse community I represent, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
To learn more about the City of Kissimmee Police, visit, www.kissimmee.gov/police.