Photo/Story Gallery 2003

Florida Sergeants Complete Leadership Academy

Colonel Knight, Sgt. Sorrells, Sgt. Dodson, Lt. Col. Gregory & Chief Dawson at the graduation.Twenty-three law enforcement sergeants from across the state of Florida-representing city, county and state agencies-graduated from the charter class of the Florida Sergeants Leadership Academy (a part of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute) at a commencement ceremony on Friday, October 31. Among those graduating were FHP Sergeants Doug Dodson and Dennis Sorrells.

Pictured left: Colonel Chris Knight, Sgt. Dennis Sorrells, Sgt. Doug Dodson, Lt. Col. Rick Gregory & Chief Silvester Dawson at the graduation.

The Florida Sergeants Leadership Academy was the first of its kind in Florida, bringing together a group of sergeants selected by Chiefs, Sheriffs and Executive Officers to establish a new instructional curriculum on supervisory skills and techniques used in modern policing.

Sergeant Sorrells, with his wife and son at graduation.
Sergeant Dennis Sorrells, with his wife and son at graduation.

Sgt. Dodson with his parents Mollie and<BR>Greg Dodson (retired FHP Chief) at the graduation ceremony.
Sgt. Doug Dodson with his parents Mollie and Greg Dodson (retired FHP Chief) at the graduation ceremony.

Sheriff Perry, Sergeant Sorrells and Commissioner Tunnell at the ceremony.
Sheriff Neil Perry, Sergeant Dennis Sorrells and Commissioner Guy Tunnell at the ceremony.

This first graduating class will play a vital role in deciding how future first-line law enforcement supervisors will be trained. The school consisted of four 40-hour classes that included research assignments and additional long hours of study outside the classroom.

Sheriff Neil Perry (Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Policy Board Chairman) and FDLE Commissioner Guy Tunnell presented certificates to the graduates. Chief Paul Rumbley of the Palm Bay Police Department challenged the class to go forward with their training and encouraged them to continue setting the bar for others to follow.