Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
Mark Richardson, assistant chief of the University of North Florida Police Department, recently graduated from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Chief Executive Seminar at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
Richardson, a Westside resident, and the 23 other graduates represent criminal justice agencies around the state who serve in a leadership role within their agency. The seminar met for one week each month for three months at FDLE’s headquarters in Tallahassee. Graduates took classes on topics such as demography, budgeting, legacy leadership, ethics and implementing strategic change.
The goal of the Chief Executive Seminar is to prepare Florida’s criminal justice leadership for the challenging and changing demands of the future. Class participants study trends and events that may affect criminal justice professionals in the state, developing new leadership skills to address and manage the changes that lie ahead.
Richardson has been a law enforcement officer for 35 years. He has been assistant chief at UNF since March 2009 and previously held positions with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, including homicide commander, assistant chief patrol Zone 4, assistant chief of Special Events and chief of Community Affairs and Special Events Division.
He also served on the State of Florida Traffic Safety and Aggressive Driver Safety Committees and was the Southeast Regional director of Airborne Law Enforcement. In addition to more than 2,000 hours of advanced law enforcement training, he received a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University.
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, established within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and affiliated with the State University System, was established in 1990 by the Florida Legislature, who recognized the need for an innovative and multifaceted approach to the education and training of criminal justice professionals.
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