Jay Romine, director of the Manatee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy, also served as Holmes Beach chief of police for more than 20 years.
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. 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. During his 20 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 throughout the state when several major hurricanes made landfall. 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.