The Special Operations Bureau provides, as the name implies, specialized operational support to the Department. This includes supervision of the Northern Area Municipal Communications Center (dispatch for PBG and four other cities). Also included is oversight of the Community Involvement Unit and functions such as crime prevention, youth programs, and volunteer programs. This position is also the coordinator for the Police Department for special events such as the Honda Classic.
The Special Operations Bureau is supervised by Major Jack Schnur who has over 30 years of law enforcement experience with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department. In addition to his current assignment, he has worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Road Patrol Sergeant, Crime Prevention Sergeant, and Commander of Investigations. His collateral duties include Hostage Negotiations Team Commander, Crime Prevention Practitioner, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Practitioner.
Major Schnur holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Palm Beach State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Administration from Barry University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s Florida Executive Development Seminar, Nova Southeastern University/Broward Sheriff’s Office Executive Leadership Program and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. Major Schnur is also an Ex-Officio Member/Advisor for the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation assisting with the Foundation’s objectives.