Lieutenant Mary Farrand is the commander of operations. Mary has been with the Gulfport Police Department since 2001, having come to us with experience as a dispatcher for the Clearwater Police Department. Among her more notable achievements, Lieutenant Farrand received the officer-of-the-year award in 2005.
Lieutenant Farrand has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Petersburg College, and she is a graduate of the FBI's Florida Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. She has advanced certifications in hostage negotiations, personnel background investigations, internal affairs investigations, as well as traffic enforcement related certifications. Lieutenant Farrand also serves as an agency assessor for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and is the coordinator of our field training program.
The commander's office telephone number is (727) 893-1055.