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Biography of: Paul A. Baggett 

East Division 


  • Troy State University, Troy, Alabama - Master of Science in Human Resource Management, graduated June 2004
  • Troy State University, Troy, Alabama - Master of Public Administration, graduated January 2000
  • Saint Leo College, Saint Leo, Florida- Bachelor of Arts, Criminology, graduated January 1991
  • Polk Community College, Winter Haven, Florida - Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts, graduated May 1989
  • Polk Community College, Winter Haven, Florida - Associate in Science, Criminal Justice, graduated December 1983

Professional Experience:

  • 1980 – Present - Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • 1989 – Promoted to Sergeant - Served in Patrol and Investigations
  • 1995 – Promoted to Lieutenant - Served in Patrol, Investigations Section, Accreditation Manager, Training Section
  • 2003 – Promoted to Captain - Served as Bureau Commander and District Commander
  • 2005 – Promoted to Major - Serving as the East Division Commander

Adjunct Professor:

  • 1993 – Present -South Florida Community College, Avon Park Florida - Instructing in the Criminal Justice Academy and Academic Program

Adjunct Instructor:

  • 1993 - Present-Polk State College, Winter Haven, Fl, Instructing in the Criminal Justice Academy

Assessor Team Leader:

  • 2000 – Present - Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., Fairfax Virginia

Professional Certifications, Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Graduate of Florida State University Certified Public Manager Program
  • Designated Florida Certified Public Manager - 2004


Leadership Training:

  • Graduate of the Southern Police Institute, 101st Administrative Officers Course - University of Louisville, Kentucky – 1999
  • Graduate of the Executive Fellows Program - University of South Florida, Tampa – 2000
  • Graduate of the Florida Executive Development Seminar - 2007
  • Graduate of FBI National Academy , 235th Session - 2008
  • PERF Senior Management Institute Session 42 - 2009

Community/Civic Affiliations:

  • Kiwanis Club of Lakeland
  • Florida Sheriff’s Association
  • Southern Police Institute Alumni Association Inc.
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Polk County Police Chiefs Association
  • National Sheriff's Association
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • Vice Chairperson, Imperial Polk Credit Union, Board of Directors, 2002- 2007
  • Director, Peace River Center, Board of Directors 2002- Present
  • Chairman, FDLE CJSTC Region VIII Training Council 2009 - Present