I am Lieutenant Tenicia J. Poitier; I am currently serving as the Executive Officer for the Corrections Support Services Division. I am a native of Florida; I was born and raised in Fort Pierce, a city just north of West Palm Beach. I have proudly served in the United States Army from 1990 to 1993 and continued to serve in the United States Army Reserves from 1993 to 1998. I have traveled both domestic and internationally while serving United States of America with assignments in Military Intelligence (MI) Units.
I began my career in the Criminal Justice System as a Sheriff’s Deputy in the Corrections Division in 1994, at the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO) in Fort Pierce, Florida. Subsequent to serving nearly three years at SLCSO, I relocated to West Palm Beach in 1997 and continued my career as a Sheriff Deputy at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
In efforts to advance my career at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, I enrolled and completed the law enforcement crossover academy at Indian River Community College, now known as Indian River State College in Fort Pierce in 1998, acquiring a dual Law Enforcement Certification. In 2001, I worked as a Classification Deputy at the Main Detention Center, until my promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 2003. During my tenure as Sergeant, I was assigned to the Central Detention Center, the Main Detention Center, and the Corrections Support Services Division. In 2011, I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. During this period, I was assigned to the Main Detention Center, The Training Division, Inmate Management Division and now my current assignment, Corrections Support Services Division as the Executive Officer.
I pursued my academic studies by obtaining my Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice in June 1988, from Indian River Community College, Fort Pierce, FL. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration in December 2005, from Barry University, Miami, FL. In 2008, I was selected by the agency to attend the Graduate program at the University of Louisville: Southern Police Institute (SPI). In May 2008, I successfully completed SPI’s Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program and Administrative Officer’s Course, in Louisville, Kentucky. Determined in my academic pursuit, I completed my MBA in 2010, with a specialization in Financial Management from Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ. With the mastery of knowledge in specialized fields, I was awarded certificate as a Certified Jail Manager with the American Jail Association in 2012. To conclude, my academic pursuit and career development, in 2016, I was certified as Force Science Analyst, subsequent to completing the Force Science Institute Certification Course in Chicago, IL. With all of the education, training, and experience afforded to me by this department, I am committed to ensuring the agency’s Corrections Division continues to be known for its innovation and best practices.