CHIEF OF POLICE BIO
Chief of Police William R. Latchford was sworn in on June 16, 2008. Chief Latchford and his Administration are committed to making the Seminole Tribe of Florida and its Reservations the safest in the nation in which to live, work, and play. He envisions a police department focused on organizational effectiveness and efficiency, employee relations, community relations, and public service.
Chief Latchford joined the Seminole Police Department in July of 1994. During his career he started on the Hollywood Reservation working in patrol before rising through the ranks as a Corporal in Traffic Homicide, Sergeant of the Big Cypress Reservation, Sergeant of the Hollywood Reservation, Staff Sergeant over Hollywood, Big Cypress, and Immokalee Reservations, Lieutenant of Patrol, Captain of Patrol and Deputy Chief of Police. In 2006 Chief Latchford joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office as a Commander in Strategic Investigations and Port Everglades before returning to lead the Seminole Police Department.
Chief Latchford holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University. Chief Latchford is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course, and FDLE’s Chief Executives Seminar.