Sergeant Robin Patterson of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office was one of 37 law enforcement supervisors who graduated from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s 39th Florida Leadership Academy Class on August 18, 2017. These graduates serve in leadership roles representing 31 criminal justice agencies throughout the state. Sergeant Patterson is a 21 year veteran of the sheriff’s office who currently serves as the agency’s training supervisor.
The graduates met for four week-long sessions (one week a month) at the Gainesville Police Department in Gainesville, Florida. They learned skills necessary to support the needs of their agencies and their communities as they prepare for future challenges. The four sessions included classes on Leadership & Management, Effective Communication, the Accountable Leader, and the Professional Leader.
The goal of the Florida Leadership Academy is to prepare first-line supervisors in criminal justice organizations to exemplify the character and integrity expected of criminal justice professionals and to examine the various components necessary to being an efficient leader.
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, which is 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.