Captain DePalma began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 1986. Captain Depalma served as a Patrol Officer until 1992, at which time he was transferred to the Youth Liaison Unit and served a School Resource Officer until 1995. Captain DePalma was then assigned as a Detective in the Vice, Intelligence and Narcotics Unit until 2006 when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to Patrol. As a Sergeant, he was also assigned to the Youth Liaison Unit and Community Involvement Unit until he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2009. As Captain, he worked in Patrol from 2009-2010, Special Operations from 2010-2011 and Criminal Investigations Component from 2011-2013. He also served as the SWAT Commander from 2005-2013. He is currently serves as Captain of the Community Services Component, consisting of the Youth Liaison Unit, Emergency Management Unit and Community Involvement Unit.
Captain DePalma graduated from Carthage College with a B.A Degree in Criminal Justice. He also has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University. He is a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute-Leadership Academy, a graduate of the Senior Management Institute, sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum and a graduate of the Southern Police Institute. Captain DePalma is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, the National Tactical Officers Association and the Florida SWAT Association.