Romine to be inducted into Hall of Fame

(Bradenton, FL—February 20, 2020) Jay Romine, director of the Manatee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy has been selected as an inductee into the 2020 Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created in 2014 to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of Florida’s citizens through their works, service and exemplary accomplishments.
“…Such a fitting tribute to a law enforcement leader who has made a measurable impact in his pursuit and advocacy of excellence within our field over his 41-year career. He has enriched our profession, earned the respect of his peers, and is a role model to many. I can’t think of an individual more deserving than Jay Romine, or an honor more fitting,” stated Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., Chief of Police for the Bradenton Police Department, who also serves on the advisory council for the MTC Academy.
The Florida Police Chiefs Association nominated Romine, who began his career in law enforcement in 1979 in Holmes Beach where he rose through the ranks to chief of police. Among his many accomplishments during his twenty years as chief, Romine founded the Manatee County Law Enforcement Council, was appointed by the governor to serve on the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) in 2002, 2006, and 2012, served as the CJSTC chairman from 2007-2010, and served as president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) in 2004 coordinating disaster response to all areas of the state during a year when several major hurricanes made landfall in Florida.
Chief Romine was appointed director of the MTC Law Enforcement Academy in 2013. He was elected by his peers to the chair of the Florida Criminal Justice Training Center Directors Association, and he is the leader of the 40 certified training centers in Florida.
The induction ceremony will be held at the Capitol in Tallahassee on May 16, 2020. About Manatee Technical College Manatee Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. MTC has three campuses within the School District of Manatee County and offers over 50 career preparation programs, as well as continuing education and adult general education classes. The mission of MTC is to produce highly skilled individuals and resourceful leaders through collaborative education to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities and the workforce. ###

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