GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT
MEDIA NEWS RELEASE
Robert VincentSergeant Robert Burkhart
Chief of Police Public Information Officer
Gulfport, – Chief Rob Vincent announced the promotion of Officer Thomas Woodman to the rank of Sergeant. This promotion fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Sergeant Terry Taylor, who at the time of his retirement was the longest-serving member of the police department.
Sergeant Terry Taylor retired from the police department following nearly twenty-five years of service. Before coming to Gulfport, Terry completed an enlistment in the United States Navy, and then he worked briefly as a deputy in the Pinellas County Jail.
When he started with Gulfport in 1986, Terry quickly made a reputation as a no-nonsense patrol officer. He got to know the people of this small city, and those who knew him would say he was firm but fair. Soon he was transferred to the detective bureau, where his skills were put to use investigating burglaries and robberies. After a few years, Terry accepted an assignment for which he is perhaps most well-known. From 1988 to 1996, he served as the school resource officer at Boca Ciega High School. Even today, former students often recall how Terry’s guidance helped them through the most defining years of their lives. In 2005, Terry was honored with a promotion to the rank of sergeant, where he applied his talents mentoring and training new police officers.
Sergeant Taylor was recognized by Chief Vincent and the City Council at a ceremony on January 4, 2011.
Sergeant Thomas Woodman has served with the Gulfport Police Department since 2006. He is a Field Training Officer, a Breath Test Operator, and an active member of the Marine Unit and Special Enforcement Team.
Previously, Sergeant Woodman served with the United States Army where he graduated basic training as the Soldier of the Cycle. He is a graduate (Cum Laude) of the University of South Florida, where he earned a bachelor of arts in criminology.
We congratulate both of these fine men.