University Police Department Command Staff

Chief Frank Mackesy

Chief Francis J. "Frank" Mackesy, Director of Police & Public Safety


Chief Mackesy began his law enforcement career with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) in 1979.  He retired from the JSO in 2011 after 32 years of service, achieving the rank of Undersheriff.  His responsibilities included overseeing the day-to-day activities of five (5) departments comprising just over 3000 employees and a $350,000,000.00 budget.  He acted as a liaison to the Mayor’s Office, City Council, Federal and State Legislators and numerous agency heads throughout the region.  Additionally, he helped plan and coordinate security for Super Bowl XXXIX, which was held in Jacksonville in 2005.


Upon his retirement he was employed by Florida State College at Jacksonville.  As the Director of Emergency & Security Training he provided client outreach, facilities operation, customer management, and non-credit curriculum development for a high technology center specializing in police training and other public safety related areas.  In this role he was one of the lead instructors charged with providing on-site training to the United States Secret Service.


He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida.  Chief Mackesy was privileged to be made an honorary member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, UNF Chapter, April 2003, and to be recognized as the UNF outstanding Alumnus, Coggin College of Business, 2004, and as a Distinguished Business Leader, UNF Coggin College of Business, 2011.  Chief Mackesy is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (190th Session).


As an alumnus of the University of North Florida, I can think of no greater honor than teaming with the men and women of the University Police Department, students, faculty and staff in continuing the tradition of excellence required as a member of the Osprey family in the delivery of police services to the College community”.



Deputy Chief Bill Strudel

Deputy Chief Charles W. "Bill" Strudel, Associate Director of Police & Public Safety


 DeputyChief Strudel graduated from Fletcher High School and earned a bachelor's degree in criminology from Florida State University (through UNF) in 1977. He went on to earn his masters of science degree in criminal justice from Rollins College in 1980. He graduated August, 2013 from UNF with a master of science in clinical mental health counseling .

Deputy Chief Strudel joined the University of North Florida Police Department in 2005 after retiring from the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office as a police sergeant with 25 years service. During a break in his JSO career, he worked as a Vice President for the Enforcement Security Corporation and moved to full time teaching at two Florida police academies. He was Training Center Director at the St. Augustine Technical Center's Academy for three years before returning to police work. He served as a Lieutenant at UNF for four years before stepping down to complete internships at Hubbard House, and the City Rescue Mission. He continues to help at both locations as a volunteer.

Deputy Chief Strudel has taught at the Jacksonville Police Academy since 1973 and still teaches regularly, specializing in firearms and tactical training. He has published numerous articles on police tactics and training. He has also taught and attended hundreds of hours of advanced police training.




Lieutenant Dwayne H. Howard, Patrol Operations Lieutenant


Lieutenant Howard was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Jacksonville soon after. He attended school in Duval County, graduating from Jean Ribault Senior High School. He then attended Florida A&M University, majoring in music.

Lt. Howard worked for 24 years as a police officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. He joined UPD in 2004 and has worked in patrol, investigations and as the Residence Life Officer. He has been married to his wife Judy for 33 years and is the father of 3 daughters and grandfather of 4.








  Lt. Knight

Lieutenant Patricia P. "Patty" Knight, Special Operations Lieutenant


 Lieutenant Patty Knight was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She graduated high school from West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md and was a member of the National Honor Society. She received her bachelor of science degree from Florida State University and master's degree from Webster University (graduating with academic honors).


After 31 years of service, Lt. Knight retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. During her law enforcement career, she worked as a police officer in the Patrol and Detectives Divisions.  She became the first female to obtain the civil service rank of lieutenant with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.  While a lieutenant, she was assigned to the Community Affairs Division.  Additionally, she acted as the Field Force Commander.

Lt. Knight has been a polygraph examiner since 1979.  She is a past president and current member of the Florida Polygraph Association.

She has received recognition from the JSO and various organizations throughout her distinguished career.     


  Lt. Taylor

Lieutenant Matthew L. "Matt" Taylor, Police Services Lieutenant


 Lieutenant Matt Taylor is a native of Jacksonville, FL. He graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, has completed coursework at UNF and has received training from the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and the University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education.


Lieutenant Taylor has worked at UNF in different capacities since 2000, joining the police department in 2007. In October 2013 he was appointed Communications Manager. In this role, he oversees all Police Communication Operators, information systems and departmental communication.