The Personnel Section is responsible for recruiting employee prospects. Once hired, the section utilizes various resources to properly educate new personnel and re-educate current employees.
Lt. Matthew Coverdale supervises the Training/Accreditation/Personnel Section. He was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant on May 22, 2017. He was hired as a police officer on August 23, 2004 and promoted to sergeant on December 9, 2013. Among his assignments have been Uniform Patrol, Field Training Officer/Sergeant, Investigations, Vice and Narcotics, Community Oriented Policing Services, and SWAT.
Officer Heather Mallett, who coordinates the hiring process for the department, can be reached by telephone at 850-436-5429 or email Officer Mallett.
Officers undergo training monthly ranging from crowd control to how to deal with victims of crime.
The Training Section is responsible for orientation of new employees within the department in addition to providing in-house education for officers at a schedule of seven hours per each 28-day work cycle.
Each officer is mandated by Florida Police Standards to obtain 40 hours of advanced training annually and it is the responsibility of the Training Section to ensure this is completed.
Academic instruction is also provided by this section for all police cadets. Please visit our Police Cadets page for more information.
The Training Section can be reached by telephone at 850-435-1960.