Colonel Charles C. "Curt" Hall, a 32-year veteran of the FHP, was appointed Director of the Florida Highway Patrol on March 10, 1998, by the Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Mr. Fred O. Dickinson, III.
Colonel Hall received his Associate of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Pasco Hernando Community College and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology at Florida State University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Leadership Program and the Chief Executive Seminar, both sponsored by the Executive Institute of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Colonel Hall was a member of the Patrol's 28th Recruit Class. After completing his initial training at the FHP Academy, he began his career as a Trooper in Glades County. He has progressed through all ranks within the Patrol. Before being appointed as Director of the Patrol, his most recent assignment was Deputy Director of Field Operations.
Colonel Hall served in the United States Air Force from 1961 until 1965, when he was honorable discharged. He is a member of the Florida Sheriff's Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association and the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association.
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Colonel Hall's vision for the Patrol is to focus on highway safety. Florida is unique with its makeup of population; permanent residents, seasonal residents, tourists, and immigrants. Based on figures taken directly from the Census Bureau, in 2000 Florida had an estimated 15.1 million residents. The Census Bureau projects by the year 2025, Florida will have more than 21 million residents and by the year 2020, one in four Floridians will be over the age of 65.
As of January 1, 1998, Florida had over 12,691,835 licensed drivers and over 12,170,375 registered vehicles. In addition, over 20,000,000 tourists drive into Florida and over 20,000,000 tourists (half of which rent vehicles) fly into Florida each year. With this many people on our roads, no wonder some of our roadways begin to look like parking lots, especially during peak traffic periods and the winter months. You can now understand why . . . traffic is our number one priority.
The Florida Highway Patrol has made substantial changes from November, 1939, and the first graduation class of 32 patrolmen to June 1998, with over 1,735 men and women, now referred to as Troopers, standing proud with 473 civilian support personnel to provide first class service to Florida.
We need to work together to stop the carnage on our highways and we can do this because of our excellent training at the academy and in the field. But we must also provide quality service to the motoring public. Our motto Service, Protection and Courtesy are not just idle words, they are the standards set by the first recruit class.
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