Assistant Chief Mike Link began his career at the Lakeland Police Department in 1985 as a reserve officer and became a full-time officer in 1986. As an officer, Mike served in the Uniform Patrol Division, as a Field Training Officer, a member of the Street Crimes Unit and SWAT Team, and as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division. Mike was promoted to Sergeant in 1994 and served in the Uniform Patrol Division, Special Investigations Section, Community Services and Crime Prevention Unit, and the Special Operations Section.
Mike was promoted to Lieutenant in 2003 and served as a Shift Commander in the Uniform Patrol Division and in 2004 became the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Section. In 2006 Mike was assigned to the Special Operations Section and in 2009 he was transferred to the Special Investigations Section as the Officer in Charge. Mike was promoted to Captain in 2010 and served as the Commanding Officer for the Investigative Services Division until 2011 when he was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. Mike currently serves as the bureau Chief for the Investigative Services Bureau.
Mike holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science Degree from Saint Leo University in Criminal Justice. Mike is a graduate of the 249th session of the F.B.I. National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police Session 49, the F.D.L.E. Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Senior Leadership Program class 12, the Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives Development Class 27, and the Florida State University Certified Public Manager Program. He is also certified as a Certified Labor Relations Professional through the Florida Public Employees Labor Relations Association (FPELRA).