Captain Charisse Rivers, Chief over the Criminal Investigations Bureau at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) recently graduated as a part of the 129th Administrative Officers Course (AOC) at Southern Police Institute (SPI). The SPI is located at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. The AOC is an in-residence, accredited college level program that lasts for 12 weeks and is designed to develop informed, effective, ethically and technically competent law enforcement managers who are capable of assuming positions of leadership in their respective agencies. Officers from all over the United States, as well as from countries such as Turkey, attended the course. According to the Southern Police Institute, the diversity of class members “ensures that class members will leave the Southern Police Institute with a network of graduates that will provide an outstanding resource from which they can seek assistance for organizational problems throughout their careers.” The motto of the 129th Administrative Officer’s Course was “Ancora Imparo”. This translates various ways, but really means, “And Still, We Learn”.
Along with the education Captain Rivers received from the SPI, she brings experience in the law enforcement which began at the Ft. Walton Beach Police Department as an auxiliary officer while working full-time at Eglin Air Force Base in Range Patrol and Security Police Investigations. She worked as a patrol deputy with both the Collier and Hendry County Sheriff’s Offices before transferring to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) in 1997. In 1998, Captain Rivers was promoted to investigator and spent the next several years investigating crimes against persons. She later became a sergeant. Captain Rivers was promoted to lieutenant in 2009 and served as the Agency’s accreditation manager, leading to the successful accreditation of the WCSO. Rivers was promoted in October 2012 to Captain of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.
Captain Rivers has accumulated over 2,500 hours of law enforcement and management training, and she earned an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Okaloosa-Walton Community College.
“This course was an extremely positive and challenging experience,” Rivers said. “The lessons I learned and the people I met positively impacted my life. Overall, I believe the class will certainly enhance my future performance as a leader.”