James Riggs

Mr. Riggs began a career in law enforcement with the Altamonte Springs Police Department in 1994. Since that time, he has worked in the Patrol Division, where he served as a Field Training Officer for seven years. Mr. Riggs also held an assignment in a plain clothes Street Crimes Unit, which engaged in covert anti-street crime operations.  Next, he was fortunate enough to work in the Detective Bureau, where he specialized in Persons Crimes. There, he learned a great deal about investigations and the in-depth aspects of the Criminal Justice System.

From 2003 through 2011, Mr. Riggs fulfilled a part time assignment as a helicopter Flight Officer, and considered it a privilege to serve this role in a collaborative effort between his organization and the Tactical Air Section of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, Mr. Riggs served as the Training Coordinator for the organization. This position helped develop a multitude of administrative skills, as he was responsible for the effective and efficient management of the department’s training, wellness program, and promotional procedures. He is a High Liability instructor in a number of disciplines to include; Police Vehicle Operations and Defensive Tactics.

Mr. Riggs feels honored to say that he was an Assessor and Team Leader with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, where he had the opportunity of traveling to other law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Florida.  One of his responsibilities in this function was to ensure the agencies were in compliance with more than two hundred and fifty established professional standards.

Since 2005, Mr. Riggs worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as a member of the State Officer Certification Exam Advisory Team, where he assists with exam question formulation and review. From time to time he is called upon to testify in Administrative Hearings as a Subject Matter Expert for FDLE.

While holding the rank of Commander, he was tasked with overseeing the Investigations Division; responsible for the long-term planning and administration of the Criminal and Special Investigations Sections.  Mr. Riggs currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Police where he performs professional and managerial law enforcement work, directing all operations of the Police Department.

Mr. Riggs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is undertaking graduate work at the University of Central Florida.

Course Expertise

  • Criminal Investigations