Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Training Center

Training Center Director

Billy Duckett

941-747-3011 Ex: 2705

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Training Center ensures that all enforcement and civilian personnel are qualified and well trained by planning and implementing certified, comprehensive and specialized training programs. Over 100 topics are taught by Certified Instructors and include Active Shooter, Advanced Marksmanship, AED / CPR, Crash Reporting, Defensive Driving, Defensive Tactics, DUI, Investigative Techniques, and Speed Measurement. All enforcement and civilian personnel also attend comprehensive ethical and professional development programs. All courses meet the strictest guideline requirements of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Officer training programs.

The MCSO holds the unique privilege of being one of only two Sheriff’s Offices in the State of Florida that holds a CJSTC (Criminal Justice Standards Training Commission) Type C Certification. This certification grants a training school the authority to deliver Commission-approved Basic Recruit Training Program Courses for correctional and correctional probation officers, and Commission-approved Advanced and Specialized Training Program outlined in Florida Rule Chapter 11B-35, F.A.C. In 2014 the Training Center trained over 6,000 students who attended over 700 different classes receiving over 4,000 hours of training covering more than 100 different topics, with a total of 56,000 teaching hours.


All certified Deputies are required to qualify annually with their weapons.

They may also attend Live Fire Shoot House, Rifle Courses, Active Shooter, Basic – Advanced Marksmanship, Low light Marksmanship, and Shotgun Courses.

Certified Deputies attend Agency Specific and In-Service training including Defensive Driving, Use of Force Simulator, Active Shooter / Shoot House, and Ground Fighting Tactics.


At the Corrections Academy new Deputies attend a 420 hour State Certified training program.

The training center is located at 14490 B Harlee Road, Palmetto, FL 34221.
941-747-3011 Ext. 2707
Fax: 941-729-9328




Range Master

Deputy Lou Gregory

941-747-3011 Ext. 2746









Law Enforcement Training Coordinator

Deputy Christopher Ricci

941-747-3011 Ext. 2736









Law Enforcement Training Coordinator

Deputy Chuck Wise

941-747-3011 Ext. 2732









Corrections Training Coordinator

Deputy Kelly Lanford

941-747-3011 Ext. 2737









Corrections Training Coordinator

Deputy Donell DeLeon-Thompson

941-747-3011 Ext. 2706









Certification Coordinator

Lindsey Pawlishen

941-747-3011 Ext. 2739









Administrative Assistant

Julie Hibler

941-747-3011 Ext. 2733









Office Specialist

Linda Shields

941-747-3011 Ext. 2704






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