Lieutenant Billie Taylor began her career in 2000 with the Lakeland Police Department in central Florida. As an officer, she served in the following capacities: Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Domestic Violence Officer, Breath Test Operator, Explorer Advisor, Honor Guard, Community Policing/Bicycle Unit, Downtown Liaison, Hostage Negotiator, Background Investigator and undercover operations for numerous cases.
Lieutenant Taylor was promoted to Sergeant in 2007 and transferred back to patrol until 2010. In 2010, she was selected as the Sergeant over Property Crimes in the Criminal Investigations Section. In August of 2011, she was selected for a new position within the Training Section. This new position was in charge of the in-house Mini-Academy, Field Training program. Shortly after the transition into the position, she was tasked with evaluating the testing, background and hiring process. This evaluation led to an entire restructuring project.
Lieutenant Taylor revised the background process to include development of elements of investigation for each position within the City, creating forms, written manuals and example guides. During this time, Lieutenant Taylor also created the Lakeland Police Department Recruiting Team and was assigned as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for the Police Department.
Lieutenant Taylor was promoted to her current rank of Lieutenant in 2013 and was assigned as the Officer-In-Charge of the General Services Section. In this position, Lieutenant Taylor oversaw the Training Unit, Field Training Program, Recruitment Team, Hiring/HR and Background Investigations. She also assisted in the supervision of Facilities Maintenance, Quartermaster and Accreditation. As a Lieutenant, she was assigned to create a background process including forms, manuals and selection documentation for the Florida Polytechnic Police Department. Lieutenant Taylor also created, tested and implemented a new accelerated hiring process for experienced officers. Recently, Lieutenant Taylor implemented a tracking process that eases the calculation and tracking of the selection process at each step for adverse impact analysis.
Lieutenant Taylor has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from Saint Leo University. Lieutenant Taylor is a graduate of the F.D.L.E. Florida Criminal Justice Leadership Program. She is enrolled in the Florida State University Certified Public Manager Program and will be attending the 136th Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute (SPI) of the University of Louisville in August.