Richard Holland

Chief of Police

Education

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Troy University, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Saint Leo University, 2002

About

Chief Richard Holland started his career at Florida Polytechnic University in June of 2014. Holland is a career law enforcement officer who brings expertise in investigations, mentorship, security operations and policymaking. He has experience and training in hurricane preparedness, crises intervention, hazardous materials, advanced tactical leadership and emergency operations of critical incidents. Holland previously worked for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office from 1988 to 2014 after serving 26 years and retired as a captain. Holland served in the Special Operations Division which encompasses SWAT, crises negotiators, tactical medics, tactical hazmat, and tactical doctors for most of his career (1993-2013, 20 years).

Holland also served as the southeast district commander and the bureau of special investigations captain. In the later role, his work targeted illegal drug operations, organized crime, computer crimes, and identity theft working alongside the US Marshals Service Task Force, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and DEA Task Force.

Holland also served as the training Lieutenant overseeing training for 2000 members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Holland started his law enforcement career at the Winter Haven Police Department in 1986.

 

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, State University System Education Chief of Police Committee Florida Police Chiefs Association, 2016-current
  • Board Member, Florida Police Chiefs Association Highway and Safety Committee, 2018-current
  • Board Member, Polk County Police Chiefs Association, 2018-current
  • Member, Polk County Police Chiefs Association, 2014-current
  • Member, Florida Police Chiefs Association, 2014-current

Awards and Honors

  • Medal of Honor, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 2003
  • Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 2006

Community Involvement

  • Twenty-three outreach programs, Florida Polytechnic University, 2016-current
  • Annual Lakeland Regional Health Care Pediatrics Ward Christmas Toy Drive, 2016-current