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Biography of: Mike Pruitt 

West Division 
 

 Education:

  • Certified Public Manager, Florida State University – 2006
  • Master of Arts Degree, Criminal Justice, University of Alabama – 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Criminology, Saint Leo College – 1997
  • Associates of Arts Degree, Criminal Justice, Polk Community College – 1993

 


  Professional Experience:

 1987 – Present – Polk County Sheriff’s Office

  • 2007 – Promoted to Major – Special Operations Division Commander
  • 2008 – Served as Director of Law Enforcement Services – Haines City Police Department
  • 2005 – Promoted to Captain – Served in Patrol and Bureau of Criminal Investigations
  • 2002 – Promoted to Lieutenant – Served in Patrol and Bureau of Criminal Investigations
  • 1998 – Promoted to Sergeant – Served in Patrol and Bureau of Special Investigations
  • 1987 – Full time Deputy Sheriff – Served in Patrol and Investigations

 


  Professional Certifications, Memberships & Affiliations:  

  • Police Executive Research Forum Association
  • Executive Officer – Learning for Life Explorer Post #900
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Florida Police Chiefs Association
  • Polk County Police Chiefs Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Florida Sheriffs Association
  • National Sheriffs Association
  • National Tactical Officers Association
  • Airborne Law Enforcement Association
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Florida Cattlemen’s Association
  • Polk County Cattlemen’s Association
  • Florida Agriculture Crimes Intelligence Unit
  • Florida Emergency Preparedness Association
  • International Association of Emergency Managers
  • Southern Police Institute Alumni Association
  • FBI National Academy Associates

  Leadership Training:

  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy, 252nd Session – 2013
  • Understanding EMAC - 2012
  • Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute Session 39 – 2008
  • SWAT Management – IACP - 2007
  • Graduate of Florida State University Certified Public Manager Program – Designated Certified Public Manager – 2006
  • Graduate of the Southern Police Institute, 109th Administrative Officer’s Course – University of Louisville, Kentucky - 2003
  • DEA Drug Unit Commander’s Academy – 2000

 


  Community / Civic Affiliations:
  • International Rotarian – Haines City, FL
  • Drug Prevention Resource Center
  • Relay for Life – Haines City, FL
  • MidFlorida Red Cross Board
  • Polk Sheriff Charities, Incorporated Board
  • Deacon – Calvary Baptist Church, Winter Haven, FL


  Additional Accomplishments:
  • Adjunct Professor -  2009 – 2012 – Polk State College – Instructed in the Criminal Justice Program