About the Chief
Chief Shane Bennett is a native of Lawtey, FL and is a
twenty year law enforcement veteran. Chief Bennett began
his career as a Correctional Officer with the Florida Department
of Corrections in Daytona Beach, FL in 1994 and subsequently
served the Department of Corrections as a Probation
Officer in Ft. Pierce and DeLand, FL, as well as a Senior
Classification Officer at the Reception and Medical Center in
Lake Butler, FL and Union Correctional Institution in Raiford,
FL. Chief Bennett also served as a Volusia County Deputy
Sheriff from 2003-2006. In 2007 Chief Bennett began working for
the Lawtey Police Department as a patrol officer and was
subsequently promoted to Lieutenant, Captain and Major before
taking office as Chief of Police in 2014.
Chief Bennett received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stetson University in 1999 and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 266th session in Quantico, VA. Chief Bennett is also a graduate of several senior executive leadership programs including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Chief Executive Seminar, the FBI’s Florida Executive Development Seminar, and the Florida Police Chief’s Association’s New Chief’s Training. Additionally, Chief Bennett is a certified firearms and general techniques instructor. Chief Bennett currently serves as a member of the Bradford County Tourism and Development Commission, Santé Fe College’s Institute of Public Safety’s Advisory Board and Selection Committee, the Kiwanis Club of Starke’s Board of Directors, the Florida Police Chief’s Association’s Legislative Committee, and the Bradford Multi-Agency Drug Task Force Policy Board. Chief Bennett is also a member of the FBI National Academy Associates and the International Association of Police Chiefs. Chief Bennett is committed to his faith, his family and his community and is proud to serve the citizens of Lawtey.