Our actions and relationship with the community are guided by an internal sense of honesty and morality.

    Our conduct and demeanor display the highest standard of personal and organizational excellence.

    Our members recognize the differences as a strength in our organization and community.

    Our duty is to promote public trust by upholding our obligations to the department and community.

    Our responsibility is to be alert to issues and activities impacting our tribal communities.


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, a graduate of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), and FDLE’s Chief Executives Seminar.