Chris Castelli is a 23-year veteran with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Chris is a graduate of Western Carolina University where he majored in Criminology. Having worked patrol and the Juvenile Crimes Unit he was selected to develop Clay County’s first full time Marine Enforcement Unit and has continued to develop that program for the last fifteen years. Chris called on his previous experience with the National Park Service where he worked Marine Patrol at several national seashores.
Chris obtained a U.S. Coast Guard Captain License and has completed advanced marine training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the U. S. Coast Guard Training Center (Yorktown, Va.), and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Academy (Quincy, Fl.). Chris has advanced training in Boating Accident Reconstruction and Marine Enforcement Tactics as well as advanced Waterborne Response Team training. Chris developed marine training courses to train marine enforcement officers in Basic Marine Operations, Boating Under the Influence and Boating Accident Investigation he is the lead instructor for marine operations with IPTM.
Since 2005 he has trained marine officers from all over the southeastern United States. He has assisted the U.S. Navy at NAS Jacksonville and the Sanford Police Department (Sanford, Fl) in training and developing their newly formed marine units and has worked extensively with the FWC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initializing and enforcing the endangered/threatened species protection zones in Clay County. Chris is an active certified instructor in Boating Safety through the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). He is currently an active member of the Florida Marine Intelligence Unit (FMIU) and a Certified Marine Investigator through the International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI).