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Chuck Pinkney

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Chuck Pinkney is a retired Law Enforcement Officer with 33 years of experience, 2 years in Minnesota and 31 years with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.  Chuck also served Honorably in the U.S. Army National Guard for 6 years and 2 years in the U.S. Army Reserves.  For more than 26 years Chuck has been a High Liability Instructor with expertise in Defensive / Tactical Driving, Defensive Tactics, and Firearms Instruction, training and instructing Law Enforcement Officers, Corrections Officers, and academy level students at the Sarasota Criminal Justice Academy in Sarasota, Florida.  Chuck also instructs classes on Women’s Rape and Assault Prevention / Women’s Self Defense.  These classes are taught through his personal business and the Sarasota County Technical College Adult Community Education Program.


When the State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) set out to re-write the Basic Recruit Curriculum for Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers, Chuck was recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in Firearms, Driving and Defensive Tactics and assisted in re-writing the curriculum.  


Chuck was a member of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team for 14 years, serving as a Squad Leader and Grenadier.  The primary missions for the team were Search and Rescue, Civil Disturbance / Riot Control, Evidence Collection and Preservation, Active Shooter Response, and direct support for the SWAT team.  Other specialized training on the Emergency Response Team was Helo Operations / Tactical Insertions, Marine Patrol Operations / Tactical Insertions, and Open Water Rescue.  Other units Chuck was a member of were Patrol, Training Unit, K-9 Unit, Honor Guard, Parks Patrol, Mounted Patrol, and the Community Policing Bike Team.


While working with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Chuck has been the recipient of:

Combat Cross Award

Life Saving Award (2-time recipient)

Unit Citation Award (2-time recipient)

Humanitarian Award


                                       Licensed to work throughout Florida.



Height – 6’1”

Weight – 245 lbs.



State of Florida CJSTC Basic Recruit Certificate of Compliance

Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement, Alexandria Technical College

Bachelor of Science in Criminology, International College


Current Licenses:

Florida Security Officer License – D3009153

Florida Statewide Firearm License – G3001987

Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License – WX1819684

Florida CJSTC-600 HR218 Concealed Firearm License – 149773



Protective Detail Specialist – Select International

Defensive Tactics Instructor – State of Florida CJSTC

Defensive Driving / Tactical Driving Instructor – State of Florida CJSTC

Pursuit Intervention Techniques (P.I.T.) Instructor – Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

Firearms Instructor – State of Florida CJSTC

Canine Team Instructor – State of Florida CJSTC

Canine Handler – State of Florida CJSTC

Baton Instructor – ASP / Monadnock

Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Instructor – R.E.B. Training International


Additional Training:

Special Tactical Problems – State of Florida CJSTC

Field Training Officer – State of Florida CJSTC

Close Quarter Pistol Operator – Sig Sauer Academy

Vehicle Centric Defensive Tactics – AMAC Tactical

Canine Narcotics Operations - Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force

Highway Interdiction – U.S. Dept. of Justice DEA

Crisis Intervention Techniques – State of Florida CJSTC

Civil Disturbance Tactics – American Law Enforcement, Inc.

Mobile Field Force Tactics and Deployment – Orange County Sheriff’s Office, FL /  Emergency Response Team

Interviews and Interrogations – State of Florida CJSTC

Partnerships in Domestic Security – Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

Understanding Islamist Militant Terrorism and Prevention Strategies – Florida Regional Community Policing Institute

Anti-Terrorism Preparedness Training – Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, FL

Emergency Response To Terrorism – The National Fire Academy


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