• DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL POLICE
    LEADERSHIP TEAM
     
     BIOGRAPHIES
     
     

    Director Micheal P. Edwards

     

    Micheal became Director of the Duval County School Police Department on April 15, 2015.

    He is a 30 year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) and has served as Director of the Departments of Personnel and Professional Standards, Investigations and Homeland Security, and Patrol and Enforcement.

     He is a results oriented administrator with both hands-on and management experience in many aspects of law enforcement. He is also a problem solver with effective leadership skills such as decision making abilities and team building capabilities with vision toward attainment of organization mission, goals and objectives.

     Professional experience for Micheal began in 1983. He joined the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer. In 1984 he became a police officer and was assigned to the Patrol Division; later becoming a police instructor at the Academy. In 1991 he was promoted to sergeant and served in the Patrol Division and later the Inspections Unit. Micheal was appointed to Chief in 1995 serving in the Traffic/Special Enforcement and Patrol Divisions.

     Micheal holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from Thomas Edison State College, an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State College at Jacksonville and an Associates of Arts Degree in General Education also from Florida State College at Jacksonville.

     His training includes: Chief Executive Seminar, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2011; Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2006; 51st Session, DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy, 2005; 200th Session United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar, 2000; 186th Session, FBI National Academy, 1996; and Career Development and Instructor courses (i.e., Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Law Enforcement Driving Instructor and First Responder Instructor).

    Micheal has received honors, which include the Recipient of the YMCA Black Achievers Award, 1997; Grand Marshal for the Martin Luther King Parade, 1996; Outstanding Criminal Justice Student Florida State College at Jacksonville, 1987; and Inductee in the Evidence –Based Policing Hall Of Fame at George Mason University, 2012.

     In addition to being gainfully employed with Duval County School Police, Micheal is affiliated with the following boards: Greater Payne Chapel A.M.E. Church.

     
     

    Assistant Chief Wayne R. Clark, Sr.

     

    Wayne started with the Duval County School Police Department in June 2015.  

    Prior to serving with DCSP he worked at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority for 3.5 years as the Director of Aviation Security.  In 2010, he retired after serving 30 years with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office as the Division Chief of Patrol West. 

    While at the JSO he commanded 580 personnel serving one half of the City of Jacksonville; he served as the Zone Commander for several patrol zones; as the Commanding Officer of the Major Drug and Vice Investigations Unit; as one of three Division Chiefs to Command the SWAT Team when deployed to hostile situations; and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Emergency Preparedness Unit was under his direct Command.

    At DCSP he supervises Emergency Preparedness and Services.  His areas of responsibility includes: District-wide Emergency Preparedness, Investigations, Night Patrol Unit and Communications Center.

    He is a 2007 graduate of the 231st Session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. 

     

    Lieutenant Amber M. Gazdick

     

    Amber started her career with the Duval County School Police Department in January 2008 as a Patrol Officer.

    While in the Patrol Division Amber attended the Field Training Officer course and became a certified Field Training Officer.  As a Field Training Officer she trained numerous officers and excelled in her supervisory position.

    Amber was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant in January 2013 for one of the night patrol squads.  She became an SRO Sergeant in August 2015 and was assigned to the south west zone supervising 8 officers who covered three high schools, four middle schools and thirteen elementary schools.

    Amber is certified as a FDLE School Resource Officer and as a Field Training Officer.  She is also an instructor for Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings as well as our Agency Instructor for the Below 100 Initiative. Amber was instrumental in bringing the Below 100 campaign to our Agency, this program seeks to heighten our officers’ awareness of their safety which in turn allows them to better protect our students and faculty.

    Amber was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in May 2016 and serves as the East SRO Lieutenant.  She is also over the department’s fleet, supply and inventory, Eddie Eagle Program and Secondary Employment.


     

    Lieutenant Cindy L. Leavens

     

    Lieutenant Cindy Leavens started her career with the Duval County School Police Department in March 2016.

    Prior to serving with DCSP she worked for Historical Black College, Edward Waters College in Jacksonville Florida. She provided instruction to college students in the Criminal Justice Arena. Also while there she facilitated training for the National Police Athletic League in conjunction with the college providing Director’s Certification Training to Police Athletic League attendees in the United States.

    In 2013 she retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office with over twenty years of service working in a myriad of capacities; to include instructing at the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice & Training Center in conjunction with Florida Community College. Other assignments were Crimes Officer, Recruiting, Background Investigator, Accreditation Liaison and School Resource Officer (SRO).

    She served as a Board Member to the Parent Help Center where she co-facilitated their training curriculum working with families across the country.

    At DCSP she serves as a Lieutenant for School Resource Officers. Her areas of responsibility encompass schools in the west boundary of the city. This area has 29 middle/high schools. She also functions as the agency’s training coordinator, keeping them abreast of requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the governing body for all Certified Police Officers in the state of Florida while maintaining a working relationship with other governmental bodies.

    She earned her Masters of Arts in Human Resources with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Liberty University, Lynchburg VA in 2008.