Polk County Sheriff's Colonel Gary William Hester, commander of the Department of Law Enforcement, was recently published in a national journal.
Dr. Jimmy J. Williams, Ph.D., a Criminal Justice professor at the University of Alabama, co-authored the article with Colonel Hester, based on Colonel Hester's thesis for his Master's degree. The article, titled Sheriff law enforcement officers and the use of force, can be found in the July - August 2003 edition of the Journal of Criminal Justice, Volume 31, Issue 4. The article examines the relationship between law enforcement officers' characteristics, such as age, race, gender, length of service, education, and job assignment, and their use of force.
Writing the thesis was Colonel Hester's final step in obtaining his Master of Science degree, which he was awarded in December 2001 from the University of Alabama. Two copies of his thesis, bound in hardback volumes, can also be found at the University in Tuscaloosa - one in the main library, and one at the Department of Criminal Justice.
Colonel Hester is a 24-year veteran of the
Polk County Sheriff's Office, and is 42 years old. He is a graduate
of Haines City High School (class of '78); has an Associate of Arts degree
from St. Leo University; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Summa
Cum Laude, from St. Leo University; the aforementioned Master of Science
degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama; and is a
graduate of the Southern Police Institute, 97th Administrative Officers
Course, University of Louisville, Kentucky.
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