Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Major Thomas Feeney
Major Thomas J. Feeney commands the Training Division. He previously served in this same assignment from December 2008 to April 2011. The Training Division is comprised of the Detention Training Section, Firearms Training Section, Law Enforcement Training Section, Recruitment and Screening Section, and the Organizational Research Section.
Training is conducted at three premier facilities, the Falkenburg Road Jail Auditorium, Pinebrook Training Center and Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Site. The Training Division coordinates and administers a wide range of services necessary to support the mission, vision and core values of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. These services include the recruitment, selection and retention of highly qualified candidates for sworn positions, training and development of sworn and civilian personnel and management of the sworn promotional process.
From April 2011, until September 2014, Major Feeney served as the Commander of the Special Investigations Division. In that assignment he was responsible for overseeing covert and sensitive investigations related to organized crime, illegal firearms distribution, narcotics trafficking, prolific and violent offenders, gang activity, fugitive apprehension, online child pornography, gambling and prostitution. The Special Investigations Division also gathers and analyzes information to create various intelligence products used to support the Intelligence Led Policing strategy employed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Major Feeney joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office following his retirement from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Orlando Field Office. There he supervised criminal and terrorist activities targeting this Nation’s transportation systems. Major Feeney also supervised the Orlando Field Office’s Training Squad which was responsible for developing and managing all aspects of training at the field office level. Major Feeney was selected to participate in various FAMS working groups which focused on policy issues and assessed a wide range of training programs and equipment.
In 1983, Major Feeney entered on duty with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Special Agent. He served more than 20 years as a Special Agent or Supervisory Special Agent in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, West Palm Beach, Miami and Tampa. In 1980, Major Feeney began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Maryland.
Major Feeney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. He attended the DEA’s Group Supervisor Institute, a four-week training program conducted by the University of Virginia’s Center for Executive Development.