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Assistant Chief Sam Taylor has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience and has been with the department since 1989. In the role of Assistant Chief, Sam will oversee and provide direction for the Special Services Bureau and is responsible for personnel and services including: SWAT, K-9 Unit, School Resource Officers, Traffic, DUI Enforcement, Red Light Cameras, Crime Prevention, 911 Communications, Planning and Research, Recruiting and Training.


Assistant Chief Taylor was hired in February 1989 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1997. He has been a Sergeant supervising officers in the Uniform Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. He was promoted to Lieutenant in December 2002 and has served as a Lieutenant in the Uniform Patrol Division, Communications and the Criminal Investigations Division. In 2015, Sam was promoted to Captain, overseeing the Special Operations Division and then transferred to his current role of supervising the Investigative Services Division.


Assistant Chief Taylor graduated from Polk Community College in 1981 with an A.A. degree, and the University of South Florida in December 1993 with a B. A. in Criminal Justice. He received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in National Security issues from Troy State University in December of 2002. Captain Taylor completed the Certified Public Manager course and received the CPM designation from Florida State University in 2009. He is a 2011 graduate of the Southern Police Institute (SPI) at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY and a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forums’ Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.