Chase Wetherington has been a sworn law enforcement officer in Tampa, FL, since 2012. He currently holds the rank of Detective with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served in a variety of positions throughout the agency, and is assigned to the District II Investigations and Intelligence Unit. Chase is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified instructor and an American Heart Association (AHA) certified CPR instructor, and he teaches law enforcement academy classes at Hillsborough County Community College (HCC).
Chase is affiliated with both the National Police Foundation in Washington, DC, where he proudly serves as a Policing Fellow, and the National Institute of Justice where he was recently honored as a LEADS Scholar (Class of 2019).
Chase holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Florida, a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Criminal Justice from Walden University. Much of his research and Ph.D. dissertation focuses on law enforcement officer characteristics, including formal academic education levels, veteran status and age, and their impact on disciplinary issues and performance. Chase is a proponent of evidence-based policing (EBP) and is excited about implementing evidence-based practices in his own agency to address crime patterns/trends and measure community sentiment and organizational effectiveness.