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Captain Chari Rivers


Chief of Professional Standards Bureau

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Captain Charisse Rivers serves as the Bureau Chief for the Office of Professional Standards. 

Captain Rivers began her career in law enforcement as a part-time auxiliary police officer with the Ft. Walton Beach Police Department while working full-time at Eglin Air Force Base in Range Patrol and Security Police Investigations. Captain Rivers worked as a patrol deputy with both the Collier and Hendry County Sheriff's Offices before transferring to the Walton County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) in 1997. In 1998, Captain Rivers was promoted to investigator and spent the next several years specializes in the investigation of crimes against persons. She later became a sergeant within the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Captain Rivers was promoted to lieutenant and served as the agency's accreditation manager, leading to the successful accreditation of the WCSO through the Florida Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation. Rivers was promoted in October 2011 to Captain and returned to lead the Criminal Investigations Bureau for two years. Captain Rivers most recently served as the Patrol Bureau Chief and is now serving as Bureau Chief for the office of Professional Standards.

Captain Rivers has accumulated over 2,500 hours of law enforcement and management training, and earned an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Okaloosa-Walton Community College. In May 2013, Captain Rivers graduated from the 129th Administrative Officer's Course at the Southern Police Institute (SPI) in Louisville, KY. She is an assessor for the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation and is a member of the Florida Deputy Sheriff's Association, the National Association for Female Law Enforcement Executives, the Association of Graduates of the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officer's Course and the Walton County Sexual Assault Team. Captain Rivers is a strong advocate for children and is a member of the Walton County Steering Committee for the Children's Advocacy Center, and volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem, helping children whose lives have been affected by abuse or neglect.