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Training Section

Captain Todd Gardiner - Section Commander

The Orange County Sheriff's Office Training Section has earned the reputation for providing its sworn and civilian employees with the best possible training available. Quite simply, it’s an investment based on the premise that the way one trains is the way they will perform.  The agency provides all of the training mandated by the State of Florida, as well as a myriad of career enhancing elective courses to all of its employees.  We pride ourselves in providing the latest and most relevant training to all students, so they can handle any situation they encounter in today’s law enforcement.

The Training Section consists of 21 sworn personnel, 11 civilian personnel and one full-time volunteer.  The Training Section is responsible for facilitating and coordinating training to all agency employees, both sworn and civilian.  The Training Staff networks with other local and federal law enforcement agencies to bring valuable and practical training opportunities to the agency. 

 

Firearms Range Facility

Firearms range

The Firearms Training Facility hosts additional student sessions for sworn block training classes or uses the facility for shooting proficiency training and practice. The agency's state-of-the-art Firearms Range hosts hundreds of law enforcement officers from outside of our agency. Throughout 2015, approximately 4,873 attended training at the agency’s Firearms Range facility.

Law Enforcement Vehicle Operation (LEVO) Training

The LEVO instructors offer real-world, behind the wheel training designed to enhance the driving skills and vehicle familiarization to its students.


Since much of policing an area the size of Orange County puts agency personnel behind the wheel of agency vehicles, the Sheriff's Office takes the training of employees assigned agency vehicles very seriously.  One of the finest Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations training facilities in the country is located in the far northern portion of the county.  The agency's LEVO instructors train our employees as well as Law Enforcement Academy students, from outside the agency.
 

LEVO TRAINING

Field Training Evaluation Program (FTEP)

Our Field Training and Evaluation Program gives new deputies the foundation and basic skills they need in high liability areas in order to succeed on the road. They will total another 22 weeks of training to be able to be a well-rounded Deputy Sheriff with our agency. The Field Training Evaluation Program provides training to approximately 120 newly hired deputies each year.

Academy Recruits

Academy Recruits

The Training Section is responsible for providing training to all academy recruits of the agency. Our new hires complete their training as deputy sheriff's at our local Criminal Justice Academy, under the watchful eye of an Orange County Sheriff's Office sergeant who monitors their progress and training. That direct connection helps with the transition to their new and permanent position. We select the best candidates for the job.