The Training Unit coordinates and administers all non-trust funded training for sheriff’s office members. The Training Unit is also responsible for maintaining all training records and ensuring each member maintains their certifications on a continual basis. The Training Sergeant and support staff ensures members are in compliance with state and federally mandated training requirements. They provide specialized and remedial training as needed to maintain a member's skill level and abilities to perform their duties in compliance with Sheriff's Office General Orders and the Mission Statement. They keep civilian and sworn members current with the newest technology and methods of providing professional services to the community.
The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Training Unit hosts semiannual firearms qualifications for both law enforcement and detention deputies. This unit also conducts additional training days throughout the year for members to stay proficient in firearms and discretionary training.
The Training Unit has numerous responsibilities to include the annual citizen’s academy, active shooter response training to sworn and civilian personnel. Additionally, the Training Unit ensures all firearms, rifles, and shotguns are functioning properly; members of this unit are certified armors in each type of agency issued firearm.
The Training Unit administers a mandatory, new hire orientation to each newly hired patrol deputy which consists of 86 hours of training prior to their first phase of field training. The Training Unit is a vital part of grooming the next generation of law enforcement officers by working with the cadets at the South Florida State College Criminal Justice Academy and assisting with the transition from cadets to sworn law enforcement officers with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.