Participants of 2019 VLEOA International Training Conference in Orlando, Florida
with Orange County Sheriff John Mina (center left) and
Florida Highway Patrol Colonel Gene Spaulding (center right)
Hosted by the
Orange County Sheriff's Office
and co-hosted by the
Florida Highway Patrol
Thank you to all attendees for a GREAT conference!
2019 International Training Conference
October 9-12, 2019
Special Thanks to our Special Guests:
Sheriff John W. Mina has dedicated his life to public safety. He spent nearly 28 years with the Orlando Police Department, where he rose through the ranks and was appointed Chief of Police in 2014. For more than four years, he commanded 1,000 sworn and civilian OPD personnel and 100 volunteers. In November 2018, Orange County voters chose Mina as the 29th elected Sheriff. The Orange County Sheriff's Office is one of the nation's largest sheriff's offices, and has a budget of more than $300 million and over 2,700 sworn and civilian employees.
Colonel Gene S. Spaulding was appointed as the 14th Director of the Florida Highway Patrol on August 21, 2015. Colonel Spaulding brings over 26 years of Florida Highway Patrol knowledge and experience in serving the great state of Florida. He holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement third session of their Executive Leadership Seminar and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations program. He serves as a member of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, the Statewide Drug Policy Advisory Council, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Highway Safety Committee.
Congresswoman Val Demings represents Florida's 10th District. The first in her family to graduate college, she became a social worker, then a police officer. In 2007, she made history by becoming Orlando’s first female Chief of Police. Chief Demings shepherded the department through the financial crisis, championed policing strategies that put the community first, and oversaw a 40% reduction in violent crime. She serves as a member of the United States House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees.
Mayor Jerry L. Demings was sworn in on Dec. 4, 2018 as the 5th elected Mayor of Orange County and is the first African-American to serve in the role. He oversees more than 8,000 Orange County employees and a $4.4 billion budget as the County’s chief executive officer. Always a trailblazer, Mayor Demings became the city of Orlando’s first African-American police chief in 1998 and was elected the first African-American Orange County Sheriff in 2008, a position to which he was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2016. Prior to his election to the position of sheriff, Mayor Demings served as an active volunteer reserve deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.