Assistant Chief Paul L. Acosta began his law enforcement career in 1991 in North Carolina and joined the Miami Beach Police Department in 1995. He has served in a variety of capacities and positions of rank including: Major of the Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Captain, Executive Officer of the North Beach area, Commander of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), liaison to the Office of Emergency Management, special events, support services, and patrol operations. Acosta has also served as a trainer for a number of disciplines within the Department. His most recent assignment was as the Patrol Major in charge of the Operations Division of the MBPD.
Assistant Chief Acosta has received numerous honors and awards during his career including the Miami Beach Police Department's Life Saving Award and Exceptional Service Award. He is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and was awarded the "Combat Action Ribbon" and the prestigious Navy/Marine Corps "Achievement Medal." Assistant Chief Acosta graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy 278th Session and served as the graduation spokesperson. He has also completed the Leadership in Police Organizations Course, the Senior Management Institute for Police program at Boston University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University.