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Biography of: Rick Wright 

Special Operations Division 



  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida – Doctor of Philosophy, 
    Graduated 2013
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida – Master of Arts, 
    Graduated 2008
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida – Bachelor of Arts,
    Graduated 1996
  • Polk Community College, Winter Haven, Florida – Associate of  Arts, 
    Graduated 1988

 Professional Experience:

  • 2016 – Promoted to Major – Serving as the Special Operations Division Commander
  • 2012 – Promoted to Captain – Served in Patrol and the Bureau of Primary and Secondary Schools/Director of Safe Schools
  • 2008 – Promoted to Lieutenant – Served in Patrol, Canine Unit, Training Section, and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations/Special Victims Unit
  • 1998 – Promoted to Sergeant – Served in Patrol and NW District Crime Suppression Team
  • 1991 – Canine Unit – Handler, Patrol Canine Instructor, Narcotics Detection Instructor
  • 1990 – Promoted to Full Time Deputy Sheriff
  • 1990 – Present – Polk County Sheriff’s Office 

 Professional Certifications, Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Graduate of the Southern Police Institute, 123rd Administrative Officers Course, University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Graduate of Florida State University Certified Public Manager Program


Community/Civic Affiliations:
  • Kiwanis - Downtown Lakeland
  • Member of  Life Church, Auburndale Florida