Captain Barry Blackburn
(Department of Youth Services)
Captain Blackburn began his career with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on July 26, 1991, as a Corrections Officer. He moved to Uniform Patrol in 1993, where he later became a Field Training Officer. In 1997, he was promoted to Detective where he worked in the Burglary Unit and Violent Crimes Unit.
Blackburn was promoted to Sergeant in 2001. During his time as Sergeant, he worked as a Uniform Patrol Supervisor, FTO Sergeant, Property Crimes Sergeant, Crime Scene Sergeant and Homeland Security Sergeant. As a Sergeant, Blackburn implemented a stronger accountability system for case assignments in Crime Scene and implemented the use of digital cameras for crime scene documentation. He served as the Deputy Incident Commander for LCSO’s response to Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola, Florida and the Incident Commander for the agency’s response to Hurricane Katrina in Waveland, Mississippi.
In 2009, Blackburn was promoted to Lieutenant in Uniform Patrol. As a Lieutenant, he served as the FTO Commander, the Homeland Security / Intel Unit Lieutenant, and the Lieutenant over the Violent Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Crime Scene Unit, ICAC Unit and Victim’s Advocate Unit. While in the Homeland Security Unit, Blackburn served as the Director of the Regional Fusion Center. He implemented the Intimate Violence Enhanced Service Team (InVEST) program during his time as the Violent Crimes Lieutenant. In 2010, Blackburn was awarded the Medal of Valor. In June 2017, he was promoted to Captain and is currently assigned as the Community Services Division Commander which oversees the School Resource Section.
Captain Blackburn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University. He has been married to his wife, April, for 26 years. Barry and April have a daughter (Sarah), two sons (Taylor and Brady) and a grandchild (Blair).