Sergeant Teresa Howard
Sergeant Teresa Howard is currently a Sergeant in the Community Relations Unit for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
Sergeant Howard is proud to be the first Hispanic female deputy employed with Leon County Sheriff’s Office. She began her career at the Sheriff’s Office as a civilian and was utilized on numerous occasions to translate for investigations when the victim, witness, or suspect could not speak English. During this time Sergeant Howard realized she wanted to help the Hispanic community during their time of crisis, by helping build trust between the Hispanic community and law enforcement.
Howard has been employed with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office for over 17 years. During her time with the agency, she has worked in various units to include: being an Evidence Technician in the Crime Scene Unit, deputy on Uniform Patrol, School Resource Deputy at Pace Secondary School, and Detective in both Property Crimes and Violent Crimes, before being promoted to Sergeant.
While working in the School Resource Unit, she was also an Explorer Advisor, where she helped mentor and train dozens of Sheriff’s Office Explorers. While working in the Violent Crimes Unit, Sergeant Howard was the first detective to help implement the I.N.V.E.S.T. (Intimate Violence Enhanced Service Team) program at the Sheriff’s Office. The I.N.V.E.S.T. program helps to identify potentially lethal relationships and refer the identified victims to the Refuge House, as well as monitor the offenders after an arrest is made.
In 2014, Howard became a member of the Hostage Negotiations Team and is the first bilingual member, bringing a vital skill set to the team. Sergeant Howard is a vehicle operations instructor and assists the agency with training deputies on driving techniques and safety measures. She is also a Project Lifesaver instructor, training deputies to assist in the search for missing Alzheimer’s patients.
Howard serves as the Leon County Sheriff’s Office representative for the Tallahassee Urban League Board and Big Bend Task Force. She is the Region 2 Board of Directors for the Florida Crime Prevention Association, as well as a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Lively Technical Center’s Legal Administrative Specialist Advisory Committee.
In 2018, Sgt. Howard was awarded the Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Sergeant Howard earned her Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration in 2004 from Flagler College, prior to deciding she wanted a career in law enforcement.