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Biography of: Major Rick Wright 

Professional Development 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:

  • 2017 - Major - Serving as the┬áProfessional Development Division Commander
  • 2016 - Promoted to Major - Served 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 Senior Management Institute of Police, 68th Session, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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, Florida
  • Member of Life Church - Auburndale, Florida