Training

Commanders Academy

"The FSA Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that is essential for the generation of future leaders in your organization. This Academy provides a comprehensive curriculum and offers programs on leadership skills, business and personal ethics, management training and other topics as they relate to the law enforcement profession. A leader must attain a level of competence by achieving various milestones in their career and I believe they will gain those key elements in this Commanders Academy. This Academy will give your supervisors an opportunity to succeed by providing them with the best possible training tools to do their jobs and carry out the mission of law enforcement in a manner that reflects the positives of our profession." -- Sheriff Mike Adkinson, Florida Sheriffs Association President

2018 Commanders Academy Class VII

The Florida Sheriffs Association graduated 28 sheriff deputies and personnel from the seventh class of its prestigious Commanders Academy June 8, 2018. See the press release here. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that is essential for the next generation of leaders. The Commanders Academy provides a comprehensive curriculum and offers programs on leadership skills, business and personal ethics, management training and other topics that relate to the law enforcement profession. These forward-thinking classes prepare commanders for an exceptional career in the service of their communities. In addition to successfully completing this two-week training course, Commanders Academy Class 7 also raised $29,800 for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. This generous donation will help support the mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches in preventing delinquency and to develop lawful, resilient and productive citizens. 

The Florida Sheriffs Association would like to congratulate all 28 graduates of the Commanders Academy Class VII.

  • Lieutenant Kyle Salman, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Vicky J. Heath, Bay County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Thomas J. Palmer, Broward County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Joseph Sousa, Jr., Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Michael Kanter, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office
  • Manager Dominic Antoniello, Clay County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Jason Wrobleski, Collier County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Timothy Hilgeman, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chief Steve Brandt, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Thomas J. Webb, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sergeant Joe Maurer, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Gerald W. Knecht, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Christopher J. Andrews, Madison County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Stanley Schaeffer, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Luis M. Poveda, Miami-Dade County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Tony Marlow, Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Tait G. Sanborn, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Dennis A. Komar, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain John Valdes, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant John Welch, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Joseph Giasone, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Leon Lowery, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Robert Dean, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant James DeFonzo, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sergeant Shawn Larney, Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Richard R. Fortin, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Adam Falk, Walton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant John Standland, Washington County Sheriff’s Office

See previous Commanders Academy classes.​