Training Division

A message from Captain Rossi…

Welcome to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Training Division website.  My name is Captain Joel Rossi and it is truly an honor and a privilege to have been selected to serve as the Commander of the Training Division.  I developed a passion for training during my tenure on the SWAT Team, eventually becoming the Lead Trainer and Training Coordinator.  As a law enforcement officer for over 20 years and resident of Palm Beach County, I have a strong vested interest in the community and the services that the Sheriff’s Office provides.

The Training Division has a multitude of responsibilities and is committed to providing the best training possible to the 4,000+ employees of the Sheriff’s Office. Classroom and practical training is administered through In-Service classes, along with additional internal and external specialty classes offered to all Sworn Law Enforcement, Corrections personnel and civilian employees as well. Our employees are committed to protecting and serving the community and upholding our guiding principles of Professionalism, Respect, Integrity and Fairness.

PBSO has training facilities located throughout Palm Beach County; our main office is on Cherry Road in West Palm Beach.  In addition, the Training Division maintains a Driving Facility, Firearms Range, 2 Armories and 11 Fitness Centers. The division is comprised of 49 personnel that utilize and oversee these facilities.  A breakdown of our personnel is as follows: 1 Captain, 3 Lieutenants, 7 Sergeants, 1 Office Support Supervisor, 21 Sworn Trainers, 3 Civilian Trainers, 3 Fitness Trainers, and 10 Support Staff.  The division also oversees the Field Training Office (FTO), which provides training for new recruits. In addition, the division also supports the Bicycle Unit which is run by a civilian manager who coordinates over 350 bicycle deputies, making it the second largest bicycle unit in the nation.

The PBSO Training Division has established a reputation of excellence in the law enforcement community.  We have hosted local agencies at our facilities for individualized training and international police forces as well. The PBSO Training staff is constantly striving to improve and advance their skill set by following the latest trends in law enforcement training, equipment and tactics.  If you have any questions or concerns about the training and/or services we provide, please feel free to contact us at (561) 242-5800.

Yours in Service,

Captain Joel Rossi

Commanding Officer

Training Division

Training Staff

Public Shoot

This program is a joint effort between PBSO and Palm Beach County to provide a firearms facility for the public’s use. It is run out of our Firearms Facility at 20 mile bend, located at 21500 Southern Blvd. in western Palm Beach County. The facility is located approximately 10 miles west of State Road 7. From I-95, Florida’s Turnpike, or State Road 7 travel west on State Road 80, (Southern Blvd.) After passing the entrance to Lion Country Safari, the next flashing light is the intersection of County Road 880. Turn left onto C.R. 880. You will cross over a bridge, as soon as you cross the canal there will be a paved road which runs back east along the south side of the canal. Turn left down this road to the first driveway, 21500, and turn right into the Firearms Facility.

The following are the dates on which the facility holds Public Shoot in 2019:

January 5 & 6
February 2
February 16 & 17
March 2 & 3
April 6 & 7
April 20
May 4 & 5
June 1 & 2
July 6 & 7
August 3 & 4
September 7 & 8
September 21 & 22
October 5 & 6
October 19 & 20
November 2 & 3
November 16 & 17
December 7 & 8

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