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Bill Lee named CPS director

Seminole State College has named Bill Lee director of its new Center for Public Safety.
"We're confident that Bill Lee will use his decades of law enforcement experience in Central Florida to make the Center a premier resource for public safety training," says Angela Kersenbrock, dean of career and technical education at Seminole State. 
Lee, a 27-year law enforcement veteran of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, started his law enforcement career after completing the Law Enforcement Academy at Seminole State College in 1981. Prior to becoming director, he served as an adjunct instructor for 19 years, teaching in the areas of firearms and defensive tactics as well as specialized and advanced training.  
During Lee's career at the sheriff's office, he served in patrol, property investigations and major case investigations. He also was a Task Force Agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Orlando Resident Office.  He helped develop and became a supervisor in the Seminole Neighborhood Policing program established by the sheriff's office. 
Lee also served as a captain, managing the sheriff's office in the Diversified Investigations Division and Seminole Neighborhood Policing. He completed his career as the captain of the Special Operations Division managing the Aviation, Range & Water, and Canine units.
For 24 years, Lee also served as a member of the Seminole County Special Weapons and Tactics Team, a multijurisdictional tactical team. During 11 of those years, he was commander of the SWAT and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.   
Lee holds an Associate in Science Degree from Seminole State College. He received his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy.
"I have deep roots in the public safety community of Seminole County," Lee says. "My father, a retired Sanford firefighter, instilled in me a true commitment to public service.  I can think of no higher honor than to be a part of the Center for Public Safety's mission to develop and train the most qualified public safety professionals to serve our community."
Seminole State's new Center for Public Safety, which will be officially dedicated on Friday, Oct. 30, houses the College's Criminal Justice, Fire Science and Emergency Medical Service programs. High-tech classrooms and state-of-the-art simulation labs that are shared by all three programs are part of the $17.6 million facility on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.  
Seminole State's Center for Public Safety is a statewide educational resource for all aspects of criminal justice, fire science and EMS. For more information, please visit the Center for Public Safety Web site.

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