ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Walton County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the graduation of Sergeant Phillip Kent from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (FCJEI) Florida Leadership Academy.

Kent was among 44 first-line supervisors serving in leadership roles representing 37 criminal justice agencies throughout the state of Florida.

The goal of the Florida Leadership Academy is to prepare first-line supervisors in law enforcement organizations to exemplify the character and integrity expected of criminal justice professionals and to examine the various components necessary to being an efficient and effective leader.

The graduates met for four week-long sessions at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility in St. Augustine, Florida. They learned skills necessary to support the needs of their agencies and their communities as they prepare for future challenges.

“We know Sergeant Kent is going to excel in his position,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “We look forward to seeing how Florida Leadership Academy further advances his abilities to lead and serve his community.”

Sergeant Kent currently serves as a Sergeant in District 4 on the night shift. He previously served as a School Resource Deputy at Walton High School before being promoted to Sergeant.

The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, housed within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and affiliated with the State University System, was established in 1990 by the Florida Legislature to address the need for an innovative and multi-faceted approach to the education and training of criminal justice professionals.