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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
April 8, 2016
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(850) 488-0420

Correctional Officers Graduate from Florida Leadership Academy

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections today highlights the outstanding achievements of three correctional officers. Correctional Officer Lieutenants Emma Hulsey and Thomacia Rowe, along with Correctional Officer Sergeant David Carson, of Hardee Correctional Institution, Suwannee Correctional Institution and Desoto Correctional Institution, respectively, graduate today from the 35th Florida Leadership Academy. Their participation in the four-week seminar at the Polk State College Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety instilled in them the skills necessary to support the needs of our agency and their communities as they prepare for future endeavors.

Secretary Julie Jones said, ”The Department is proud of the dedicated efforts put forth by Lieutenants Hulsey and Rowe and Sergeant Carson. These officers have exemplified the values inherent to our organization through their dedication to enhancing their leadership skills and ensuring the safety of Florida’s families.“

The goal of the Florida Leadership Academy is to prepare first–line supervisors in criminal justice organizations to exemplify the character and integrity expected in their professions and to examine the various components critical to performing as an efficient leader. The Florida Leadership Academy is administered by the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, itself established within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by the state legislature in 1990.

For more information regarding the Florida Leadership Academy, please contact the Florida Department of Corrections Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office of Public Information at (850) 410-7001.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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