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Member Bio

Dr. James D. Sewell

James D. Sewell retired from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in February 2005. During his tenure with FDLE, he held a variety of positions, including Assistant Commissioner; Deputy Commissioner; Regional Director of FDLE's Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center; Director of the Division of Criminal Justice Information Systems; and Director of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute. He also served as Chief of Police for the City of Gulfport, Florida, for nearly five years. Additionally, he held positions with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and The Florida State University Department of Public Safety, where he began his law enforcement career in 1973. Since January 2007, he has served as an advisor to the Secretary of Florida's Department of Children and Families.

Dr. Sewell received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminology from The Florida State University. He has published two textbooks, one in its second edition, and over fifty journal articles and book chapters, principally on law enforcement management and law enforcement stress. Dr. Sewell is a graduate of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Chief Executive Seminar (Eighth Class) and F.B.I. National Academy (114th Session) and is a Life Member of both the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Florida Police Chiefs Association.