Chief Sid Klein
1981 - 2010
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.
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.