MIAMI - JULY 17: A member of the Miami-Dade police Mortgage Fraud Task Force wears a shirt with their emblem during Operation: "Life is Good" July 17, 2008 in Miami, Florida.The operation included the arrest of 15 people suspected of being involved with mortgage fraud. The individuals were arrested for activity that included, but not limited to racketeering, conspiracy to racketeer, use of personal identification information, grand theft, and money laundering. Some statistics show that Florida ranks first in the nation for mortgage fraud and second in the number of foreclosures. The task force is comprise of various agencies including the Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office, Florida Attorney General's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, State of Florida Department of Financial Services, FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office, Office of the Treasury and others. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The 26-year veteran who had been serving as the Police Departments interim director since October had the "interim" tag taken away Monday as Mayor Carlos Alvarez appointed Loftus to the position permanently.
Loftus replaces former Director Robert Parker, who retired unexpectedly on Oct. 30. Loftus was the assistant director for Investigative Services, overseeing most violent crime investigations before the promotion.
"I am confident that Mr. Loftus will do an excellent job in leading this essential department,'' Alvarez wrote in a statement.. "His interest and passion for public safety will be of great value to the MDPD.''