Lieutenant Billie Taylor, Lakeland's First Female Graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course


A photo of Lieutenant Billie Taylor

Way to Go Lieutenant Billie Taylor!

The Lakeland Police Department is proud to announce that Lieutenant Billie Taylor has graduated from the prestigious University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course (AOC). The AOC is a police executive leadership graduate program. Lieutenant Taylor was one of 46 law enforcement officers representing 42 agencies from 19 states to graduate from the 138th Administrative Officers Course on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Louisville, KY.

The Southern Police Institute, founded at the University of Louisville in 1951, attracts participants from law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, the Pacific Rim nations, and Europe. The Administrative Officers Course is a twelve week (480 hour) in-residence, accredited college level educational program. The course curriculum is designed to develop informed, effective, ethically and technically competent law enforcement managers. This comprehensive development program provides instruction in law enforcement issues, diagnostic problem solving and administrative law.

Lieutenant Taylor is a 18-year veteran of the Lakeland Police Department. She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015 and currently the oversees one of the agency’s four patrol squads. Taylor is one of a select few to complete the prestigious school and is the first female graduate in Lakeland Police Department’s history.

“We are extremely proud of Lieutenant Taylor’s achievements,” said Chief Larry Giddens. “The advanced education and training provided by the Southern Police will undoubtedly enhance her skills throughout her professional career and we are proud to have her as a part of our leadership team.”