Experience

Captain Lauro E. Diaz began his law enforcement career in 1979 with the U.S. Army Military Police. After completion of the three-year commitment with the Armed Forces, he joined the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office where he rose through the ranks.

His progressive law enforcement experience ranges from

  • Uniform Road Patrol Deputy and Sergeant
  • Tactical Unit Detective and Lieutenant
  • Narcotic’s Agent
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant and Captain
  • Criminal Investigation’s Captain
  • SWAT Commander
  • Training Captain
  • Command Duty Officer
  • 911 Coordinator
  • Law Enforcement Operations Captain

Special Training

  • Over 1,000 hours of specialized law enforcement training
  • Active Shooter Law Enforcement Response & Instructor Course
  • Incident Command System Training – All Levels
  • Blue Lightning Strike Force/Marine Training
  • National Dignitary Protection School, Washington, DC
  • Traffic Homicide Investigation, Lackland Air-force Base
  • Interviews & Interrogation
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • Special Response Teams U.S. Army, Ft. Carson, CO
  • Drug Enforcement Agency – Drug Investigations, Miami, FL

Qualifications

  • 34 years in law enforcement
  • Firsthand knowledge of our county and the existing crime trends
  • Excellent negotiation and public relation skills
  • Highly skilled in collaborating with others
  • Genuine interest in the field of education
  • Enthusiastic, professional, and reliable
  • Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management that will assist in today’s global terrorist threats
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Criminal Justice
  • A military veteran honorably discharged

Awards

  • LEGION OF MERIT: Exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service.
  • MERITORIOUS SERVICE: Extraordinary conduct directly for performance of criminal justice duties involving a degree of personal risk to life and limb.
  • LEGION OF MERIT: Issued for 25 years of service without reprimand, discipline or instance of negative report.
  • GOOD CONDUCT: (3 times: 2007, 1993 and 1992): For an outstanding act of individual valor involving great personal risk to life or limb when exposed to an armed adversary.
  • DISTINGUISHED SERVICE: WPB Police Department Selfless Provision for police services on 10/22/2003 on behalf of the police department as we honored Officer Thomas J. Morash #1334.
  • UNIT COMMENDATION: Greenacres Pedophile Investigation, for contributions to exceptional achievement pursuant to the course and scope of employment.
  • PERSONAL COMMENDATION: For exceptionally commendable performance in the execution of criminal justice duties.
  • DEPUTY OF THE YEAR (1985): Personal commendation.

Community Service

– Take Stock in Children

– Junior Achievement

– Mentor for Youth at Risk

– Adjunct Instructor for South Florida State College (Adult, GED & ESOL Programs)

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