Sergeant Aaron Peterman began his law enforcement career in 1997 as a deputy sheriff with the Polk County (FL) Sheriff’s Office. He served in the Patrol Division before being selected as a Detective assigned to the Tactical Drug Unit and later the Narcotics Unit.
In 2000, Sergeant Peterman began his employment as a police officer with the Lakeland (FL) Police Department. While in the Patrol Division, he was selected to the Neighborhood Liaison Unit (COPS) and the SWAT Team. Sergeant Peterman was then assigned as a Detective to the Street Crimes Unit and also served in the Narcotics Unit.
In 2006, he was selected to the K-9 Unit where he handled patrol and drug-trained K-9’s. Sergeant Peterman then became a trainer in the unit and in 2014 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a trainer in the K-9 Unit, Sergeant Peterman was assigned to the Patrol Division for approximately two years before being reassigned back to the K-9 Unit. He currently supervises the K-9 Unit, which encompasses eight K-9 teams and deploys a patrol and explosives certified K-9 himself.
Sergeant Peterman is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified General Subjects Instructor. He is also a certified Firearms, Driving and Canine Instructor. He has instructed SWAT and K-9 related topics for the Florida SWAT Association, Canine Development Group, Police K-9 Magazine, SKIDDS (SWAT Interacting with K-9), and HITS Training and Consulting (Handler Instruction and Training Seminar).
Sergeant Peterman is the current United States Police Canine Association Region 1 President.