Lieutenant Christine Cuttitta has been employed by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since 2000 and holds Corrections Certification. Over her tenure, Lieutenant Cuttitta has been primarily assigned to operations at the Pinellas County Jail. This facility has a current average daily population near 3,000 inmates, with over 40,000 admissions annually. It houses medium and maximum security inmates with an entire facility devoted to medical and psychiatric care and custody. Lieutenant Cuttitta has been assigned to supervise all high liability areas of the compound including intake booking, maximum security, close custody, healthcare and general population housing.
In 2012, she was transferred from the Detention and Corrections Bureau to the Administrative Investigation Division (AID) where she investigated allegations of employee misconduct. This often required her coordination with Professional Standards/Internal Affairs components of other law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities. Complaints were interdisciplinary and Lieutenant Cuttitta gained experience vetting law enforcement and correctional related allegations.
In 2014, Lieutenant Cuttitta returned to the Detention and Corrections Bureau as a Shift Commander and was assigned to Maximum Security. She later was reassigned as the AID Commander and returned to administrative investigations. She oversaw the daily operations of the unit comprised of eight investigators: six law enforcement certified sergeants and two detention certified sergeants. Lieutenant Cuttitta was responsible for assignment and quality control of investigations and case files, compliance with law enforcement accreditation standards, instruction in Supervisory Development, member orientation, and the citizen’s academy. In 2016, Lieutenant Cuttitta returned to the Department of Detention and Corrections (formerly Detention and Corrections Bureau) as a Shift Commander.
Lieutenant Cuttitta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She is also certified as a General Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor from the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. She has taught at the South Eastern Public Safety Institute of St. Petersburg College, in St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.