Paul M. Adee Police Practices, Security & Corrections Expert

Paul M. Adee, Police Practices, Security & Corrections Expert

Paul Adee is a police practices and corrections expert with over 32 years of experience in correctional and courthouse facilities. Paul applies his expertise to forensic casework involving the policies, procedures, and incident-specific actions of law enforcement and corrections personnel and agencies, including use of force investigations and policies, inmate healthcare and in-custody deaths, transportation of county and federal inmates, courthouse security, law enforcement and detention training, and correctional operations.

Paul retired in 2021 as a major in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, having served as Division Commander for the Court Operations Division, Training Division, and Jail Divisions over the course of his three-decade tenure there. Paul held positions of progressive leadership to include the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and ultimately Major. The Division Commander assignments included commanding the Orient Road Jail (1,700 inmates), Falkenburg Road Jail (3,300 inmates), Inmate Support Services Division (inmate healthcare, transportation, food service, laundry, law library, and inmate mail), Training Division, and the Court Operations Division. The Court Operations Division covered 62 judges in three separate courthouses, Civil Process, and building security for County Administration, State Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office buildings.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University and is a graduate of the University of Louisville - Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer’s Development Course. He has obtained instructor certifications as a general topics, firearms, and Taser instructor. Paul also obtained his certification to inspect jails throughout the State of Florida through the Florida Sheriff’s Association, and he is a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Associate

2022 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of personal injury litigation and failure analysis related to police practices and corrections and jail related incidents. Police, corrections, and jail procedures expertise includes duties and responsibilities of correctional officers/detention deputies, supervisors, correctional facilities, and jails including:

  • Use of force
  • In-custody Death: suicide, restraint asphyxia, withdrawal, overdose, trauma
  • Inmate medical assessments: physical, mental health, detoxification
  • Prisoner transportation - state and federal prisoners
  • Emergency vehicle operation
  • Jail security
  • Observation of inmates
  • Search protocols: inmate, cell or building, vehicle
  • Inmate classification
    • General population
    • Restrictive housing: disciplinary, administrative
    • Gender classification
    • Adult and juvenile
    • Inmate worker (Trusty)
  • Restraint procedures
  • Internal investigations
  • Policies and procedures
  • Law enforcement and Detention training
  • Field training protocols
  • Jail inspections and consulting
  • Firearms
  • Less lethal weapons: Taser, O.C.
  • Premises security: courthouse and office buildings, operational plans, access control, surveillance
  • Food service
  • Hiring practices

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

1991 to 2021
Major/Division Commander – Court Operations Division 2019 & 2020-2021

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for as many as 200 employees (sworn and civilian) and contractors.

  • Responsible for overall security at five courthouse facilities and the County Administration building
  • Managed and conducted security and threat protocol training for staff
  • Reviewed all critical incidents to identify and remediate deficiencies in policies, procedures, and actions
  • Managed civil process to ensure all was served in accordance with state statute
  • Implemented active shooter training for all county employees and personnel within the administrative offices of the court
  • Implemented concurrent security and health screening protocols for access to courthouse, county center, state attorneys, and public defender’s facilities during Covid-19 pandemic
  • Managed complex personnel, criminal, and use of force investigations
  • Reviewed all operational plans regarding high profile or high-risk trials and hearings
  • Conducted employee pre-disciplinary hearings
  • Reviewed all employee performance evaluations
  • Reviewed all allegations of inmate or staff misconduct
  • Developed and implemented security plans and crowd control protocols during mass demonstrations at the courthouse and county center

Major/Division Commander–Training Division  2019-2020

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 40+ employees (sworn and civilian) of the division and all incoming law enforcement and detention recruits.

  • Managed all aspects of the recruit training program for law enforcement and detention deputies
  • Managed all aspects, to include approving and implementing lesson plans, of annual in-service training for law enforcement and detention deputies
  • Managed the preparation and administration of promotional testing and assessment center operations and evaluations
  • Managed the selection and implementation of body worn cameras
  • Developed and implemented annual training for civilian personnel
  • Ensured appropriate policies and protocols were in place to track, inventory, and manage lethal and less than lethal weapons
  • Ensured appropriate policies and procedures were in place to track and manage the status of sworn staff member’s certifications

Major/Division Commander – Jail Division 2  2018-2019

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 300+ employees (sworn and civilian).

  • Developed and implemented policies to ensure the safe, secure, efficient, and effective day-to-day operations of the Falkenburg Road Jail which housed up to 3,300 inmates
  • Reviewed use of force investigations to ensure compliance with agency policies
  • Conducted after action debriefings for line level and supervisory staff related to use of force and other significant events
  • Reviewed allegations of inmate or staff misconduct
  • Assumed deputy job responsibilities including conducting facility operations while maintaining contact with inmate population

Major/Division Commander – Jail Division 1  2017-2018

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 225+ employees (sworn and civilian).

  • Developed and implemented policies to ensure the safe, secure, efficient, and effective day-to-day operations of the Orient Road Jail which housed up to 1,700 inmates
  • Reviewed use of force investigations to ensure compliance with agency policies
  • Conducted employee pre-disciplinary hearings
  • Conducted after action debriefings for line level and supervisory staff related to use of force and other significant events
  • Assumed deputy job responsibilities including conducting facility operations while maintaining contact with inmate population

Major/Division Commander – Jail Division 3 (Support Services)  2013-2017

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 200+ employees and contractors.

  • Identified quality of care issues with a primary medical care provider
  • Drafted Request for Proposal (RFP) for comprehensive inmate healthcare
  • Evaluated, selected, negotiated with, and managed $24 million dollar budget and agreement for medical vendor that provided comprehensive inmate healthcare
  • Reviewed electronic medical records and databases to ensure vendor compliance with agreement, policies, and provider’s orders
  • Investigated inmate deaths and other instances of potential litigation involving inmate medical care and correctional operations
  • Ensured National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards were met by medical vendor
  • Implemented protocols for detoxing new inmates to minimize potential health risks
  • Identified and implemented enhanced staffing of the mental health team and medical staff
  • Managed $3+ million food service agreement and vendor which was responsible for producing over 3.25 million meals annually
  • Managed in-house laundry facility that laundered more than 2 million pounds of laundry annually
  • Managed inmate commissary agreement
  • Managed inmate telecommunications and visitation agreement from an operational standpoint
  • Managed the transportation of our inmates throughout the state of Florida, to include court hearings, medical appointments, and transfers to other jurisdictions (90k inmates and 500k miles travelled annually)
  • Reviewed use of force investigations to ensure compliance with agency policies
  • Reviewed and approved security clearances for contract staff

Captain/Deputy Division Commander – Jail Division 2 2010-2013

  • Provided leadership, management, and direct supervision to 13 direct reports and indirect supervision to a total staff of 450 employees.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Falkenburg Road Jail which housed up to 3,300 inmates
  • Developed and implemented processes to ensure staff adherence to policies and procedures
  • Analyzed systems to evaluate and improve operational efficiency
  • Developed and implemented new processes to provide direct support to staff members following critical incidents
  • Assumed deputy job responsibilities including conducting facility operations while maintaining contact with inmate population
  • Reviewed use of force investigations to ensure compliance with agency policies
  • Reviewed all incident reports
  • Reviewed allegations of inmate or staff misconduct

Lieutenant/Bureau Commander–Judicial Protection Bureau 2009-2010

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 125 employees.

  • Ensured each courtroom had the appropriate staffing levels
  • Conducted and reviewed use of force investigations to ensure compliance with agency policies
  • Conducted and reviewed allegations of inmate or staff misconduct
  • Conducted security assessments
  • Developed security protocols for courtroom and staff
  • Recommended building modifications to enhance security
  • Developed and conducted courtroom security training
  • Managed all aspects of inmate and prisoner movement
  • Supervised personnel during critical incidents
  • Developed proposal for Sheriff’s Office to take over courthouse and county center security
  • Led transition of courthouse and county center security to Sheriff’s Office

Lieutenant/Section Commander – Transportation Section 2008-2009

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 60 employees.

  • Conducted and reviewed use of force investigations to ensure compliance with agency policies
  • Managed a fleet of more than 50 vehicles
  • Developed operational plans for transportation of high-risk inmates
  • Provided vision and direction to ensure safe, efficient, and secure transport of inmates
  • Reviewed and updated policies and procedures regarding transportation of inmates
  • Developed and implemented strategic plan with County Code Enforcement Director to provide manpower for Sheriff’s Jail Work Crew Program for county clean-up projects
  • Reviewed traffic crash investigations
  • Prepared and reviewed employee performance evaluations for direct report and indirect report employees

Lieutenant/Shift Commander – Jail Division 2  2007-2008

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 115 employees at the Falkenburg Road Jail.

  • Conducted and reviewed use of force investigations to ensure compliance with agency policies
  • Conducted and reviewed allegations of inmate or staff misconduct
  • Supervised staff for adherence to agency policies and procedures
  • Supervised inmates for adherence to established rules and regulations
  • Served as facility Field Training Coordinator overseeing the field training program
  • Reviewed all field training reports
  • Developed remedial training plans for trainees and tenured employees
  • Reviewed inmate disciplinary sanctions
  • Reviewed incident reports
  • Provided training, guidance, and direction to staff
  • Supervised personnel during critical incidents
  • Conducted debriefings and training for personnel after critical incidents
  • Conducted inspections of jail facilities, personnel, and inmates
  • Ensured facility was properly staffed

Sergeant/Detention Training Coordinator – Training Division 2005-2007

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 6 employees.

  • Developed, reviewed, and approved instructor lesson plans for sworn and civilian employees
  • Provided instruction to students
  • Instructor certifications – general topics, firearms, Taser
  • Developed training schedules for 1,700 sworn and civilian employees
  • Conducted supervisory oversight of instructors for quality assurance purposes
  • Conducted investigations of alleged staff misconduct
  • Prepared employee performance evaluations
  • Conducted supervisory oversight (1:1) for an employee enrolled in the Performance Improvement Program
  • Provided guidance to civilian support personnel regarding adequacy and importance of maintaining accurate training records

Sergeant/Squad Supervisor – Jail Division 1  2001-2005

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 15 employees.

  • Conducted and reviewed use of force investigations to ensure compliance with agency policies
  • Provided direct supervision and support to subordinate personnel
  • Conducted investigations of alleged inmate or staff misconduct
  • Conducted facility and personnel inspections
  • Conducted inmate disciplinary hearings
  • Responded to inmate complaints and grievances
  • Implemented and monitored employee staffing levels
  • Supervised personnel during critical incidents
  • Provided coaching and counseling to employees and inmates
  • Supervised inmate headcounts
  • Provided input regarding inmate classification
  • Conducted daily rounds of all inmates living areas under my command
  • Conducted jail inspections throughout the state of Florida
  • Served as a Field Training Supervisor
  • Reviewed field training reports
  • Developed remedial training plans

Corporal/Assistant Squad Supervisor – Jail Division 1  1996-2001

Provided leadership, management, and supervision for 8 employees; and assisted the squad supervisor.

  • Conducted use of force investigations to ensure compliance with agency policies
  • Provided direct supervision and support to subordinate personnel
  • Conducted investigations of alleged inmate or staff misconduct
  • Conducted facility and personnel inspections
  • Conducted inmate disciplinary hearings
  • Responded to inmate complaints and grievances
  • Supervised personnel during critical incidents
  • Provided coaching and counseling to employees and inmates
  • Supervised inmate headcounts
  • Conducted daily rounds of all inmates living areas under my command
  • Served as a Field Training Supervisor
  • Developed remedial training plans
  • Provided input regarding inmate classification
  • Conducted jail inspections throughout the state of Florida

Deputy - Jail Division 1  1991-1996

Provided direct supervision for 72 inmates within the inmate living area (pod).

  • Provided security within pod
  • Conducted cell, bunk, and pod inspections
  • Conducted inmate feeding and laundry exchange
  • Distributed inmate canteen
  • Distributed inmate mail (personal and legal)
  • Supervised medication distribution
  • Provided answers to questions and complaints
  • Provided hygiene items and cleaning supplies
  • Investigated inmate misconduct
  • Provided input regarding inmate classification

United States Marshalls Service

Part-time Guard

1995 to 1999

Provided armed/unarmed security for Deputy United States Marshall’s while transporting prisoners and providing supervision of same while attending court proceedings.

American Red Cross Homeless Shelter

Security Guard

1990

Ensured the safety and security of staff members and 75 residents.

  • Proactively addressed potential security issues
  • Enforced shelter rules
  • Resolved conflict
  • Deterred criminal activity
  • Conducted searches

Kmart/Sears

Loss Prevention Specialist

1989 to 1990

Responsible for enforcing loss prevention policies and procedures to safeguard company assets, minimize theft and reduce shortages and fraud. Monitored inventory and conducted audits and investigations.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office

Correctional Officer

1988 to 1990

Responsible for the day-to-day care, custody, and control of up to 350 inmates.

  • Maintained strict adherence to all rules and regulations
  • Provided inmate meals, clothing, bedding, toiletries
  • Inspected inmate living areas
  • Investigated inmate misconduct
  • Completed incident reports
  • Restrained inmates when necessary and appropriate

United States Navy – USS Puget Sound

Watch Section Supervisor (E4)

1984 to 1988

Managed the radio communications on the USS Puget Sound for my squad/shift. Held Top Secret Security clearance. Supervised and cultivated a team of up to six sailors ranking from E1 to E4. Honorably discharged.

  • Recognized with a Meritorious Unit Commendation and two Sea Service Ribbons, and Good Conduct Award

Professional Credentials

Certified Correctional Officer – Florida
Certified Correctional Health Professional, National Commission on Correctional Health Care

Education

B.A., Criminal Justice, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida, 2011

Continuing Education

  • Leadership Challenges During the 2020 Civil Unrest in Portland, FLETC, 2021
  • Recognizing Head Injuries in Infants & Children, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2021
  • Rescue Task Force, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2020
  • Helping Employees Through Crisis, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2020
  • Duty to Act, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2020
  • Personal Protective Equipment, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2020
  • Suicide Awareness, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2020
  • Human Trafficking, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2020
  • Narcan Roll Call for Law Enforcement, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2019
  • Saving Lives by Understanding the Threat, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2019
  • Suicide by Cop, Police Executive Research Forum, 2019
  • Tourniquet Application Review, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2019
  • Autism and Law Enforcement, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2019
  • Autism, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2017
  • Diabetic Emergency and Officer Response, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2016
  • Physiological Response Dynamics Training, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2016
  • One Breath: The importance of Recognizing Agonal & Other Breathing Problems, Institute for the Prevention of In-custody Deaths Inc., 2016
  • Ethics, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2013
  • Discriminatory Profiling & Traffic Stops, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2013
  • Mentally Ill & Ethics Video, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2011
  • Field Force Command and Planning for Executives, FEMA, 2011
  • First Responder, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2010
  • Court Security, Public Agency Training Council, 20 hours, 2010
  • Physical Security, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2009
  • Command Officer’s Development Course, University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute, 400 hours, 2008
  • Taser M26 Advanced and X26 Instructor, Hillsborough Community College, 2007
  • Human Trafficking, Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, 2007
  • The Bulletproof Mind, St. Petersburg College, 2006
  • Instructor Workshop, Hillsborough Community College, 2006
  • Terrorism: The Israeli Experience, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2006
  • The Middle Eastern Mindset, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2006
  • Use of Force, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2005
  • Agency Instructor Certification, St. Petersburg College, 2006
  • Taser X26, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2006
  • CMS Instructor Techniques, Hillsborough Community College, 80 hours, 2005
  • Criminal Justice Instructor’s Conference, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2005
  • ICS 100 Incident Command System Introduction, FEMA, 2005
  • ICS 700 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Introduction, FEMA, 2005
  • Building and Maintaining a Sound Behavioral Climate, Hillsborough Community College, 2005
  • Special FTO Liabilities, University of North Florida, 2004
  • AED, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2004
  • Leadership Training, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2003
  • Florida Jail Services Inspector, Florida Association of Counties, 2003
  • Positive Leadership, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2002
  • Terrorism Operational Response, St. Petersburg College, 2002
  • Hepatitis, Law Enforcement Training Network, 2002
  • Mental Preparedness, Law Enforcement Training Network, 2002
  • Sexual Misconduct, Law Enforcement Training Network, 2002
  • Sexual Abuse, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 2002
  • Professionalism, Law Enforcement Training Network, 2001
  • Basic First Aid Parts 1 & 2, Law Enforcement Training Network, 2000
  • Cultural Diversity Parts 1,2,3 & 5, Law Enforcement Training Network, 2000
  • Sexual Harassment 1, Law Enforcement Training Network, 2000, 2001
  • Florida Jail Inspector, Florida Association of Counties, 40 hours, 1998
  • Career Development Middle Management, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1998
  • Bloodborne Pathogens, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2013
  • First Aid, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1997, 2000
  • Domestic Violence, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1996, 2004
  • Jail Field Training Officer, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1995
  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Certification, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1995, 2005
  • Fire, Safety and Sanitation Officer, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1995
  • Defensive Tactics, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • CPR, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
  • Human Diversity, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2007
  • Line Supervision, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 1992
  • Jail Suicide Prevention, Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission, 1990
  • FBI State Certified Firearms Instructor, Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission, 1989
  • Report Writing, Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission, 1989
  • Self Defense Refresher, Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission, 1988
  • AIDS Info Seminar, Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission, 1988

Professional Memberships

American Jail Association, member
Optimist Club of Tampa, member

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