Major Mike Graves began his law enforcement career with the Ft. Pierce Police in 1978. While at FPPD he was assigned as a patrolman, detective, defensive tactics instructor, honor guard leader, public relations officer and SWAT team member, which also required him to be a bonded deputy sheriff. He was the first officer on the Treasure Coast to be certified by the Florida Attorney General’s Office as a Crime Prevention Practitioner.
In 1985, as a corporal, he started the Sheriff’s School Resource Program as well as an award winning Crime Prevention Unit. For six years, he was a Team Leader with the Sheriff’s SWAT team. Among accolades received are the Palm Beach Post Treasure Coast Distinguished Officer and the National Deputy Sheriff of the Year from the National Sheriff’s and National Newspaper Associations.
Rising thru the ranks, Major Graves commanded several divisions including Field Support, Administrative Services, and Professional Standards. He has performed as Staff Inspector and worked in Research & Development. He has been Patrol Operations - North District Commander, Assistant Director of the Department of Detention, and Director of the Department of Support Services. Currently, he is the Patrol Support Division Commander.
Major Graves graduated magna-cum-lade from Indian River Community College with an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the National Crime Prevention Institute located at the University of Louisville and graduated with the 168th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, in Quantico, Va. He is married and father of two children.
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