The Polk County Sheriff's Office training function is headquartered at the Burnham-McCall Training Center is located at 2201 Old Bartow-Eagle Lake Road, Bartow, FL, 33830. The center includes administrative offices, class-rooms, and training areas for the Emergency Response Team, the Canine Unit, an agility course, and ranges for various weaponry training.
A Lieutenant is responsible for the daily administration of the Training Section and overseeing all facilities and equipment. The Training Section has two sergeants assigned, one from the Department of Law Enforcement and one from the Department of Detention. One sergeant is responsible for the daily administrative tasks, while the other sergeant serves as the agency’s range master. Both sergeants assist with the planning and implementation of training programs. The secretary assigned to the section provides administrative assistance for the lieutenant and Sergeants while simultaneously providing direction and leadership to the clerical staff.
Additionally, there are four agency members assigned as training coordinators, two deputy sheriffs and two detention deputies. They are involved in coordinating the Street Training Evaluation Program, Detention Deputy Training Evaluation Program, Detective Training Evaluation Program, Sheriff’s Service Officer Training Program, and Management Training Programs. The coordinators, as subject matter experts, are involved with various subjects including high-liability training, which consists of firearms, defensive tactics, and emergency vehicle operation.
The coordinators are supported by clerical staff that schedule courses, process registrations, and make travel arrangements when necessary. The clerical staff also maintains records of all agency members’ completed training. An in-house schedule of courses, external training that is offered, as well as training announcements and bulletins is made available for viewing on the agency’s Intranet by the Training Section’s clerical staff.
In addition to providing training for agency members, the agency makes the range and facilities available for use by law enforcement and corrections academies as well as advanced and specialized training conducted by the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety, Polk State College. The facilities are also utilized by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Coast Guard, National Guard, and other military entities. Additionally, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol, and other state law enforcement agencies, coupled with local municipalities, utilize the Training Center’s accommodations on a routine basis.
The training section also develops and maintains the agency's online training program. The online training allows agency members to complete required training at their assigned location and at a time that is more convenient to them. Additionally, the SROVT (Solid Realistic Ongoing Verifiable Training) program is coordinated through the training section and host on the agency's intranet site. SROVT allows the agency's members and supervisor to interact and learn through discussions using actual events to emplhasize the agency's policies and procedures, as was as the most recent court rulings.