Capt. Kiner of Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office recognized as graduate of Florida Sheriffs Association Commanders Academy

Two-week program ‘recognized as premier course of executive study’ for mid- and upper-level criminal justice leaders

(From left) St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick, Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Executive Director Steve Casey, Capt. Debra Kiner, Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman, and FSA President/Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper gather for the recognition of Kiner. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

On May 24, Capt. Debra Kiner of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office won recognition as a member of Graduating Class 15 of the Florida Sheriffs Association Commanders Academy, Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman has announced.

A Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division leader, Kiner completed the academy at the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) headquarters in Tallahassee, a news release says. This program, “recognized as the premier course of executive study” for mid- to upper-level criminal justice leaders, “was designed by sheriffs to ensure that these leaders have the background and training to carry out their responsibilities in the agencies they serve,” the release explains.

“Strengthening our organizations from within is our goal, and the Commanders Academy is a critical tool to do just that,” noted Sheriff Hoffman in the release. “Law enforcement leadership is complex, and training for decision-making and development makes a difference for our agency and the communities these members serve.”

Kiner and commanders from 35 other Florida sheriff’s offices participated in the two-week course, the release adds. The curriculum covers topics such as leadership, ethics, and discipline, along with other relevant subjects, “as well as emerging trends and issues in law enforcement,” the release points out.

Additionally, Class 15 raised more than $74,682 for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, the release says. “This donation will help support the youth ranches’ mission to prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient, and productive citizens,” the release notes.

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