Assistant Chief Victor White began his career in law enforcement in 1979 serving as a Military Policeman in the United States Army. After which, he became a Lakeland Police officer in 1983. As an officer, he served as a Crime Scene Investigator. He became a Detective in the Special Investigations Section in 1985 working vice and narcotic investigations. He later became the agencies Criminal Intelligence Officer. In 1990, Victor was selected to assist in the implementation of the community policing concept. Many of those initial goals and strategies are still in effect today. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1992 and assigned to the Patrol Division where he served as a supervisor for patrol operations and later returning to the Community Oriented Policing Section. In 1997, he was assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Operational Review Section with the responsibility of conducting internal affairs investigations on department members as well as the agencies accreditation requirements. He managed in the department’s second C.A.L.E.A. re-accreditation as well as its first Florida accreditation. In 2000, Victor was promoted to Lieutenant and again assigned to the Patrol Division serving as a Shift Commander. In 2003, Victor was assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Special Operations Section. His responsibilities included traffic crash enforcement/investigations, K-9, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Field Training program, Reserve members, Aviation, and as the agencies Disaster Preparedness Coordinator. In 2006, he was transferred to the Special Investigations Section serving as the officer in Charge of vice and narcotic criminal offenses, as well as both the Intelligence and Street Crimes Units. In 2009, he was promoted to Captain and has served as the Commanding Officer in each of the department’s four divisions.
A graduate of Lake Wales High School, Victor has both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Critical Incident Management from Saint Leo University. He is a Certified Public Manager through Florida State University, a graduate of the Drug Enforcement’s Administrations Drug Unit Commander Academy (DUCA), the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy Session 239, the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Florida Executive Development Seminar. He is also certified as a Certified Labor Relations Professional through the Florida Public Employees Labor Relations Association (FPELRA).