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Brent Coates has 31 years of experience, 28 years with the Florida Highway Patrol, Retired as a Major, honorary promotion to Lt. Colonel, 15 years Adjunct Faculty University of North Florida "Institute of Police Technology & Management (IPTM), Bachelor Degree from Barry University, Miami, Florida, Certified Public Manager (CPM) through Florida State University, West Virginia State Police Academy, Florida Highway Patrol Academy

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Leadership Training: FBI Great Lakes Leadership Seminar #14, Leadership In Police Organizations (LPO), DHSMV 11th Management Fellows Class (1) year, Homeland Security - Use of Force Workshop, Line Supervision, Middle Management, R.A.C. Executive Leadership, Developing Law Enforcement Managers, Human Relations and Stress Reduction, Tactical Operations Command, Staff Inspections, Investment in Excellence, Incident Command, Use of Force, Affirmative Action/EEOC, Channeling Employee Behavior, Employee Performance, Ethics in Leadership, How to Handle People with Tact and Skill, Civil Liability Seminar

Certified Instructor Training: Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) Faculty Development, Firearms Instructor Course, Instructor Techniques, Chemical Agent Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, First Responder Instructor, Basic Law Enforcement Instructor, Cooper Aerobics Law Enforcement Instructor, DWI Instructor, American Heart Association Affiliate Faculty, Basic Life Support/CPR Instructor, CPR Update, Human Diversity Instructor Concepts **Over 3,000 hours of Criminal Justice classroom training

Special Duties: Training Academy Recruit School Counselor/Instructor, Rest Area Concentrated Enforcement (R.A.C.E.) Task Force, Gainesville Homicide Task Force, Martin County DUI Task Force, Hurricane Andrew Task Force, Statewide DUI Technical Committee, DHSMV Representative for Senate and House Committee, Sub-committee on Pending DUI Legislation, Inspector In Place - Office of Staff Inspections Troop K, Troop G CALEA Coordinator, Northeast Florida Tactical Response Team (TRT) Commander, Subject Matter Expert (SME) Promotional Committee, Disaster Relief Response Team (DART) Statewide Commander, Value-Jet Crash (FHP) Shift Commander, Am-Trak Derailment (FHP) Incident Commander, Statewide DUI, Haz-Mat, FTO (Field Training Officer), CPR and Medical First Responder Coordinator, Robbery Interdiction Detail (FHP) Commander, Olympic Torch Dade County Detail Commander

Recognition: Palm Beach Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, State Awards Committee Award, Letter from Governor Chiles - Value Jet Crash, G.E.M. Award, Florida Distinguished Service Award, Florida State Traffic Officer of the Year, Buckle-Up Florida - Traffic Safety, Buckle-Up Florida - Enforcement Campaign, M.A.D.D. Beyond the Call of Duty Award, Governor's Mentoring Initiative, FDOT 1st Place Occupant Safety Award Buckle-Up Florida, *over 150 letters of commendation, appreciation or recognition

Community matters

Civic Groups & Community Involvement: Masonic Lodge Washington Lodge #58, Masonic Lodge Lake Lodge #72 (Blue Lodge), Florida Sheriff's Association, Florida Police Chief's Association, Northeast Florida Law Enforcement Security Council, Putnam County Safety Council Board Member, St. Johns River Community College Police Advisory Board Executive Committee, St. Johns County Community Safety Team, Putnam County Community Safety Team, Chairman, Interlachen Little League & Babe Ruth Association, Price Middle School - Parent Teacher Organization Assistant Coach Girls Fastpitch Softball Team, Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise Treasurer, Board Director, Past President, Designated as a District 6970 Premier Club, Rotary International Presidential Citation, Assistant District Governor District 6970, Florida Association of State Troopers, American Association of State Troopers, National Rifle Association, Head/Assistant Coach Gainesville Gold 10U - 18U Girls Fastpitch Softball Team, Head Coach Gainesville GATORS 12 Under Girls Fastpitch Softball Team, Interlachen High School Football Booster Club & Baseball Dugout Club Interlachen High School volunteer Assistant Coach junior varsity/varsity softball team, American Cancer Society Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser, United Way of Putnam County Board of Directors, President, The Lee Conlee House Board of Directors, Board of Trustees Putnam Community Medical Center, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce

Family matters

Married in high school to Kendra for 29 years, he has three children, a son, a daughter and a son-in-law. They have three grandchildren Trooper & Lucy (Jack Russell) and Prince, a Rat Terrier. His wife is employed by the Putnam County School System and has over 30 years of teaching experience and both of our children our products of the Putnam County School System.