Lieutenant (ret.) Billie Taylor began her career in 2000 when she was hired by the Lakeland Police Department in central Florida where she served in the following capacities: Patrol Officer, Patrol Accident Investigator, Field Training Officer, Domestic Violence Response Team, Explorer Advisor, Honor Guard, Community Policing Unit, Hostage Negotiator, Background Investigator, and worked undercover in multiple high-level drug investigations.
As a Police Sergeant, she served as a Uniformed Patrol Supervisor, Criminal Investigations Supervisor and as theTraining/Recruiting/Hiring and Background Investigations Supervisor.
As a Lieutenant, she served as a Uniformed Patrol Operations Officer In-Charge and as the Training/Hiring/Recruiting and Background Investigations Officer In-Charge.
Throughout her career, she was an adjunct instructor for Polk State College Kenneth C. Thompson Law Enforcement Academy, where she taught a variety of topics both at the police academy level and advanced/specialized training and at the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) teaching Background Investigations. Lieutenant Taylor presented at the 2018 Leadership Summit on the topic of Recruiting.
Lieutenant Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies track focusing on Employment Law, from Saint Leo University, and is a graduate of the F.D.L.E. Florida Criminal Justice Leadership Program and the esteemed 138th Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute (SPI).