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The Training Division is dedicated to providing our Law Enforcement, Corrections and Communications positions with the best training available.   Training is an investment based on the premise that the way one trains is the way he/she will perform. The agency provides all of the training mandated by the State of Florida, as well as a myriad of career enhancing courses to all of its employees. We pride ourselves in providing the latest and most relevant training to all our employees. The Training Staff maintain their certifications and are responsible for facilitating and coordinating training to all agency employees, both sworn and civilian. The Training Staff networks with other local, federal law enforcement agencies and the Florida Sheriff's Association (FSA) to bring valuable and practical training opportunities to the agency.

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Bill JohnsonLieutenant Bill Johnson has over seventeen years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer in April of 2001 and joined the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office as a Uniform Patrol Deputy in November of 2006.

Lieutenant Johnson has served in several capacities during his tenure with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office. His assignments have included road patrol deputy, narcotics detective, court services supervisor, road patrol supervisor, narcotics unit supervisor and training supervisor.

Lieutenant Johnson has attended many courses and specialty classes. He holds current certifications as an Instructor for General Topics, First Aid, CPR, Driver Instructor and Firearms Instructor. He possesses an Associates in Arts degree from Central Texas College in general education and a Certificate of Nursing from Charlotte Technical College. He also possesses a current Florida State License as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Lieutenant Bill Johnson
DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
208 East Cypress Street
Arcadia, Florida 34266
863-993-4700 ext: 2238