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).