The mission of the Training Section is to provide all employees with training opportunities that will develop and enhance their individual skills while respecting the diversity of the individual and their unique talents. This section provides cutting-edge training that reflects current and future trends in law enforcement and prepares the individual with the skills necessary for today's law enforcement professional.
Training is the cornerstone of the WCSO. To maintain a professional and progressive law enforcement agency, all employees must be trained and become proficient in all aspects of this profession. The training section strives to provide the highest quality training that reflects national trends in law enforcement.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) requires all state certified law enforcement officers to receive 40 hours of mandatory re-training every four years. The WCSO believes in the benefits of training and requires all deputies to attend the mandatory annual training. This training covers a broad spectrum ranging from: ethics, customer service, communications, leadership, current trends and changes in the law enforcement environment, case preparation, and officer safety (including firearms and defensive tactics).
Our training department serves as a clearing house for many types of training. Examples include: roll-call training, in-service training, mandatory training, continuing adult education, specialized training, and outside seminars and classes. In addition to the opportunities provided for our members, both sworn and non-sworn, we also provide training to the community in the form of firearms safety classes.
Number of hours of overall training for the Agency in 2013: 22,539