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Chief Deputy Kenneth W. LaPee

Education: Calvary Christian Academy (formerly Fort Walton Christian School,) Ft Walton Bch, FL; A.A.S. Criminal Justice Technology-Northwest Florida State College; Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute: Florida Leadership Academy, Class #2, Tallahassee, FL,  Senior Leadership Program Class #13, Tallahassee, FL, Executive Leadership Seminar Class #7. Southern Police Institute, Command Officer Development Course (CODC,) Session 78.  More than 1200 hours of additional advanced and specialized job related training.

Military Service:  1989-1994 United States Army, Military Police, Persian Gulf War & Somalia;

Career:  1992-93 Part Time Police Officer, Clayhatchee (AL) Police Dept., 1994 Okaloosa County, Deputy Sheriff, Patrol; 1996 Field Training Officer; 1997-99 Special Response Team member; 1997 Corporal, Patrol Division; 1997 to present instructor for Basic Law Enforcement Recruit Academy and Law Enforcement Advanced Courses; 1998 to 2016 OCSO Honor Guard Member; 1998 Corporal, Implemented Community Policing Unit; 2000 Sergeant, Patrol Division; 2004 Sergeant, Criminal Investigations Division; 2005 Lieutenant, Shift Commander North District; 2006 Lieutenant, Shift Commander Central District; 2008 Lieutenant, Narcotics (Drug Task Force & Street Crimes); 2010 Captain, Central District Patrol Commander;  2016 Major, Operations Bureau Commander;  2018 Major, Investigations Bureau Commander; 2020 Chief Deputy

Honors and Affiliations: OCSO Lifesaving Award; Adjunct Instructor, Northwest Florida State College; Certified Instructor in Community Police and Human Smuggling topics from the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute. Director of the local Chapter of RU recovery, a faith based addiction recovery program. Former Executive Board member and past Chairman of the Okaloosa Community Development Corporation.  Board Member of Fresh Start for Children and Families.  Past board member of the Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care.  Former Circuit Advisory Board member, Department of Juvenile Justice. Authored a published research project entitled, Florida State Probation and County Sheriff’s Offices: Partners in Public Safety, April 2009. Deacon, choir member & Sunday school teacher, Calvary Baptist Church, Fort Walton Beach. Member of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers.  Member of the First Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association.

Personal: Born: Seattle, WA.