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Biography of: Larry Williams 

Department of Law Enforcement 


  • Troy University, Troy, Alabama – Master of Public Administration/Criminal Justice, 
    Graduated March 2009
  • Warner Southern College, Lake Wales, Florida – Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management,
    Graduated May 2003
  • Polk Community College, Winter Haven, Florida – Associate of  Arts, 
    Graduated August 1988

Professional Experience:

  • 2016 – Promoted to Chief – Serving as the Department of Law Enforcement Commander
  •  2009 – Promoted to Major – Serving as the West Division and Special Operations Division Commander
  • 2007 – Served as Director of Law Enforcement Services – Bartow Police Department
  • 2005 – Promoted to Captain – Served in Patrol and Special Operations
  • 2002 – Promoted to Lieutenant – Served in Judicial and Court Process
  • 1998 – Promoted to Sergeant – Served in Patrol and Bureau of Criminal Investigations
  • 1990 – Promoted to Full Time Deputy Sheriff
  • 1988 – Present – Polk County Sheriff’s Office 

Professional Certifications, Memberships & Affiliations:   

  • Graduate of the FBI NA - 260th Session
  • Graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s 46th Session of the 
    Senior Management Institute for Police - 2010
  • Graduate of Florida State University Certified Public Manager Program
  • Designated Florida Certified Public Manager – 2008
  • Graduate of Southern Police Institute, 114th Administrative Officers Course 
    University of Louisville, Kentucky – 2005

Community/Civic Affiliations:

  • International Rotarian – Lakeland North Rotary Club,  2005 – Present
  • Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, Inc.,  2005 – Present
  • Polk County Police Chiefs' Association, 2007 – Present
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2007 – Present
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Secretary, Imperial Polk Credit Union, Board of Directors, 2003 – 2007