Interim Chief 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 . 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.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 Gwynes was born and raised in Jacksonville. He graduated from Ed White High School in 1974. He earned a BA Degree in Criminal Justice from UNF in 1983 and a MS Degree in Criminal Justice in 1996.
Lieutenant Gwynes served the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for 31 years. He served in Corrections, Patrol, Detectives, Community Oriented Policing Unit and the Narcotics Unit. He retired in 2008 as a Lieutenant. He came to the University Police Department in 2009 and has served in the Patrol and Traffic Units.
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.
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