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Major Shannon Tait

Education: Washington High School, Pensacola, FL 1995; Pensacola Junior College – Associate of Science Degree in Liberal Arts, 2002; Troy University – Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, 2004; Basic Law Enforcement Academy, George Stone Vocational College, Pensacola, FL 2005; St. Leo University – Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, 2011; Florida Leadership Program, Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (FCJEI), Tallahassee, FL, 2011; Drug Unit Commander School – IPTM, Jacksonville, FL 2014; Senior Leadership Program, FCJEI, Tallahassee, FL, 2015; Command Officer Development Course, 77th class – University of Louisville, 2017.

Career: Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Patrol Deputy, 2005-2007; Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), 2007-2008; Field Training Officer 2009; Criminal Investigator 2009-2010; Patrol Sergeant 2010-2013; Lieutenant Multi-Agency Drug Task Force 2013-2016; Captain, Central District Patrol Commander, 2016-2017; Captain, Investigative Services Division, 2017; Major, Investigations Bureau Commander, 2020

Achievements: First female Captain for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, 2016. Kiwanian of the Year, 2012-2013. OCSO Lifesaving Award, 2009.

Affiliations: Kiwanis Club of Destin, Past Secretary and Vice-President, President for 2016-2017. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, North Okaloosa County Lodge # 146. Member of the First Judicial Circuit Law Enforcement Association. 2017-2018 Honorary Commander Eglin Air Force Base 96th Security Forces Squadron.

Personal: Born, Pensacola