A veteran Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy has been named to lead a new section under the Department’s Investigative Services Division. Flagler County Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Bob Weber says Lt. Steve Cole will head the new Special Victims and School Resource Officer section. In a news release, Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre said, “Lt. Cole brings a strong background of working with youthful offenders and he is an experienced law enforcement officer with the majority of his experience being right here in Flagler County.”
Lt. Cole has spent 19 of his 23 years as a law enforcement officer with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. He was the first certified gang officer with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, and has been vice president on the Board of Directors for the Florida Gang Investigator’s Association for over seven years. Lt. Cole has also been recognized twice by Crimestoppers as Flagler County “Crime Stopper of the Year.” He has also served as a School Resource Officer two years in addition to his ten years with the Investigation Division.
The Sheriff’s Office says Lt. Cole also coaches baseball and football on the Police Athletic League and is a Pop Warner Football commissioner. He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and teaches as an adjunct instructor at St. Johns River College.
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