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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 Sadie Darnell, Florida Sheriffs Association President

2017 Commanders Academy

The Florida Sheriffs Association graduated 30 deputies from the fifth class of its prestigious Commanders Academy June 9, 2017. 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 5 also raised $17,054.64 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 30 graduates of the 2017 Commanders Academy.

  • Lt. Paul Hinson, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain T. Chris Volz, Baker County Sheriff’s Office
  • Watch Commander Marty Williams, Bay County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain George Konkel, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Tammy Lyn McNeal, Broward County Sheriff’s Office
  • District Commander Randal Whitney, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Dave Vincent, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Richard Glover, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Jose Vitali, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office
  • Commander Mark Jackson, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Commander Gerald M. Ditolla, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Clifford E. Carroll, Jr., Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chief Investigator Bobby Collins, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Michael Raley, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office
  • Assistant Chief Deloris Patterson, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant James Dilimone, Lake County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chief Steve Harrelson, Leon County Sheriff’s Office
  • Major David Harper, Madison County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Patrick Cassella, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Brian Dotten, Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Lynda Graham, Nassau County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Stephen Garrison, Orange County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Justin Wetherington, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
  • Director Jennifer Crockett, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
  • District Commander Chris Stallings, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Scott Haines, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Captain Kevin McElyea, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Kelly Martin, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lieutenant Troy Church, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bureau Chief John Moring, Walton County Sheriff’s Office

See previous Commanders Academy classes.​

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