This is a high liability division charged with the training of all Law Enforcement, Corrections, Communications and civilian positions with the agency. In addition to providing entry level training for all new employees, the division maintains their certifications and is responsible for all mandatory re-training of sworn personnel.
Our goal is to provide our agency with the best training available. The division utilizes numerous in-house instructors that are state certified to teach Firearms, Driving Skills and Defensive Tactics.
Not only does the Training Division provide mandatory training requirements as set forth by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but also those required by our agency. One such requirement is for all ranking supervisors, Sergeants and above, to complete an accredited Administrative Command School. To date, every supervisor within Patrol, Corrections, Civil and Communications has attended a command school from either Southern Police Institute with the University of Louisville, Administrative Officers Management Program with North Carolina State, Command School with St Leo University or the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. No other agency can make this declaration. The Training Division is responsible for the employee’s registration for these programs and acts as a liaison with the various schools.
The Sheriff’s Office also encourages its employees to continue their academic education. The Training Division coordinates with St Leo University to bring their instructors to the agency’s facility for employees to pursue a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. The division maintains a computer lab so employees can take on-line college courses or work on college assignments, including Command School or the Master’s program.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office provides energetic motivational and educational seminars for its employees on a variety of topics. The presenters are nationally and internationally known in their fields and give fresh ideas and information to the groups. The Training Division seeks out the best presenters and arranges for them to come to Marion County.
Sheriff Blair has initiated a structured training regimen to help insure that all sworn employees are “Combat Ready” for any situation they may encounter. This program helps employees become more proficient in the areas of Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Driving techniques and Physical Agility. Each sworn employee participates in quarterly training in all of these high stress focused areas. Additionally, each employee will successfully run the half mile obstacle course within prescribed time limits to insure physical fitness.