HAINES CITY, FL – A 27-year law enforcement veteran becomes second in command of the Haines City Police Department.

Jerry Connolly, with 18 years of service at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, has worked in nearly every discipline including, but not limited to, homicide, robbery, traffic homicide investigations, special operations, school resource and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT).

During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, Connolly started as a Deputy moving to Homicide Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and named Captain over the Bureau of Colleges & Universities, which included the contracted safety and security of Polk State College and Southeastern University. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Sentinel Program.

“The fact he has worked his way up to the rank of Captain under Sheriff Judd speaks volumes for his integrity and work ethic,” said Haines City Chief of Police Jim Elensky. “Connolly is an accomplished individual who will continue to move Haines City forward in the efforts to make our agency a benchmark in public safety.”

Connolly holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, a Master’s in Public Administration from Troy University and a Doctorate in Human Services with a specialization in Criminal Justice. He is also a Certified Public Manager.


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