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Chief Sid Klein

Chief Sid Klein

1981 - 2010

Sid Klein was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 7, 1941. After attending schools in Miami, Florida, he served in the United States Navy from June 1959 to September 1962. He began his law enforcement career with the Dade County Public Safety Department as a deputy sheriff in March 1963.

In 1966, he was assigned to Internal Affairs where he worked in a special investigative unit called the “Sheriff’s Squad” which reported directly to Sheriff E. Wilson Purdy on investigations of organized crime and corruption. Also, in this capacity, he served as a special investigator for the Dade County Grand Jury. In 1968, he was assigned as an undercover narcotics agent in the Organized Crime Bureau.

In May 1970, he became one of the original officers of the newly formed Lakewood (Colorado) Department of Public Safety. In 1970, he was named “Police Agent of the Year”; an award which he repeated in 1971. Klein was promoted to Sergeant in June 1971 and to Captain in July 1971, where he served as a Patrol Watch Commander. In June 1972, he assumed the responsibility of the Captain of the Investigation Division, and from September 1973 to May 1978, he served as the Captain of the Intelligence Division. In 1978, he was promoted to Assistant Director of the Lakewood Department of Public Safety.

Sid Klein was appointed Chief of Police of the Clearwater Police Department on January 1, 1981, after he was chosen over 200 other candidates for the position. As Chief of Police, he instituted numerous programs and procedures in an effort to make the Clearwater Police Department a more efficient, professional, and responsive law enforcement agency.

Chief Klein retired in February of 2010 after 29 years of serving the city, it's residents and visitors, and the men and women of the Clearwater Police Department.

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