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Billie Taylor


Billie Taylor

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, Field Training Officer, Domestic Violence Response Officer, Breath Test Operator, Explorer Advisor, Honor Guard, Community Policing/Bicycle Unit, Downtown Liaison Officer, 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 the Training/Recruiting/Hiring and Background Investigations Supervisor.

As a Lieutenant, she served as a Uniformed Patrol Operations Officer In-Charge and served two terms as the Training/Hiring/Recruiting and Background Investigations Officer In-Charge.  Throughout her career, she was also 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. Lieutenant Taylor also teaches Background Investigations throughout the United States and presented at the 2018 Leadership Summit on the topic of Recruiting.

Lieutenant Taylor has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice with a focus on Legal Studies, both 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).