Major John Scanlan joined the Palm Beach Police Department on March 21, 2005. He served in the Patrol Unit, Honor Guard, Crisis Intervention Team, Field Training Unit, and Criminal Investigations Unit before his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 2018. As Sergeant he served in the Patrol Unit and the Criminal Investigations Unit until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2019. As a Lieutenant he served in the Patrol Unit and Professional Standards Unit. He was appointed to the rank of Captain in December 2020 where he oversaw the Criminal Investigations Unit. He was appointed to the rank of Major in January 2022.
Major Scanlan has received 23 Department/Citizen commendations and has been designated the Department’s Officer of the Month twice. He was also awarded the Palm Beach Police Foundation Officer of the Quarter Award.
Major Scanlan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the College at Brockport, State University of New York. He is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Leadership Academy and has completed the FBI-LEEDA’s Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute, and Executive Leadership Institute to receive the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.