Peter R. Paulding has 40 years of experience in law enforcement, 30 years as a supervisor and manager. He served as patrol supervisor and shift commander for 17 years and as police chief for 14 years. He began his career in Plymouth, Massachusetts and retired as Chief of Police from Grafton, Massachusetts in 2001. In 2001 he was hired as the Chief of Police in the Gulf Breeze Police Department, Florida and retired from GBPD in 2012.
He is currently active as an adjunct faculty for University of North Florida Institute for Police Technology and Management. He is also consulting and mentoring other law enforcement managers and is the CEO of his law enforcement technology management company.
Paulding has been a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police since 1998. He has also been active in the Florida Police Chiefs Association since joining in 2001. He served as the statewide President of the FPCA in 2010-2011.
He spearheaded the FPCA Disaster Task Force initiative in 2005. The Board of Directors honored him with the 2005 selection of the Directors Choice Award for his exceptional performance and support and advancement of the law enforcement profession. In 2006 he brought the IACP New Chiefs Mentorship initiative to the FPCA Board. The Board of Directors honored him again in 2007 with the selection of the Directors Choice Award for his efforts. He has also served as a mentor police chief since 2001 and has mentored new police chiefs in Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and Ohio on personnel, budget, management, grant funding, ethics, and many other issues.
In 2004 he was appointed to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and served as a statewide commissioner for 8 years and chair of the commission in 2008. The Gulf Breeze Police Department has been an accredited agency by the CFLEA since 1996 and was also Nationally Recognized by CALEA from 2002 to 2008.
During his tenure, he has also led an award-winning police agency in Gulf Breeze. The GBPD has won the Rocky Pomerance Excellence in Policing award in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 presented by the FPCA to recognize member agencies for developing and implementing an innovative approach to policing. They were runner-up for the award in 2008. They have also won the International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing award in 2003 and 2010 for their community policing initiatives. In 2006 they were also a finalist in the IACP Community Policing award and placed in the Top 25 in the IACP Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement