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Former Miami-Dade police chief has new gig — in Pittsburgh

 

dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

After two years as the popular director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, Jim Loftus retired last fall to enjoy a less stressful life and spend time with his wife and two daughters.

He isn’t done with law enforcement just yet, though. Loftus recently took a job as the deputy chief of the police department at the University of Pittsburgh, a school he attended in his native Pennsylvania.

He spent last week walking the campus, reassuring parents that the school would do its best to keep incoming students safe.

“The pace is a lot slower, and those are the things I missed,” Loftus, 57, said. “It sounds kind of corny, but I didn’t get to do enough of the walk-and-talk stuff as a police officer.”

Loftus spent 30 years as a Miami-Dade officer, rising through the ranks before replacing Robert Parker as top county cop in 2010. The plain-spoken and earnest Loftus drew praise for guiding the department through difficult times, including the shooting deaths of two officers and a budget crisis.

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