North Miami Beach Police Chief William Hernandez took Major Kevin Prescott to lunch to discuss his vision for the department’s future.
Hernandez had a surprise. After he praised Prescott for his good work and dedication to the department, he slipped him a box with a wallet inside.
When Prescott opened the wallet “he became emotional,” according to Hernandez.
The wallet contained a badge with Prescott’s new rank: deputy chief.
“I opened it up and I was shocked and excited,” said Prescott, who has been with the department for 23 years and a major for more than 10. “I felt proud and honored. It was a nice surprise.”
The department had been without a deputy chief — the person who would fill in if boss is busy or on vacation — since Hernandez was appointed from deputy to interim chief last year. He now is the city’s permanent chief, overseeing the department’s 107 sworn officers.
Prescott, 45, who came to Miami with his family in 1980 and graduated from Miami Norland Senior High, joined North Miami Beach police in 1993 after a short stint with Miami Beach. He has since moved up the ranks.
As deputy chief, Prescott will lead the administrative division, which includes the finance and information technologies departments, and the property, training and crime prevention units.
Even though his role has changed, Prescott said he will continue to have an open-door policy and work closely with the community.
“Rest assured that after 23 years I am committed to the citizens and employees of North Miami Beach to make sure they have a safe environment to work and play,” he said.