Dr. John T. Schultz, a sworn member of the Florida Highway Patrol, serves as a Master Corporal assigned to the Florida Highway Patrol’s Traffic Homicide Advanced Investigation & Reconstruction Team. Dr. Schultz has been a Trooper for nearly 28 years and has served in many leadership roles during his career as a Florida State Trooper. He has held positions such as Aide de Camp to Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, United States Secret Service Task Force member, Quick Reactionary Force member, fraud investigator, mutual aid liaison, traffic incident management instructor, certified high liability instructor, and, currently, as an advisory Board Member to the Southwest Florida chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In his current assignment, Dr. Schultz and his fellow investigators apply sound investigative practice to include the use of scientific advancements in policing to ensure proper dispositions of investigations for both victims and their families, and to assure individual accountability within the criminal justice system.
During his career, Dr. Schultz has received numerous commendations. Most recently, Dr. Schultz received the Florida State Trooper of the month for Troop-F in 2016 and 2017, the Sons of American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation 2016 Award, and the Governor’s Medal of Heroism Award in 2017.
Dr. Schultz earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University in 2002 and his master’s degree in Administration in 2010 from Barry University. In striving to continue to make a difference, Dr. Schultz enrolled in the Doctor of Executive Leadership program at the University of Charleston. During his tenure, Dr. Schultz focused his dissertation research upon African American executive leadership and community policing. Dr. Schultz successfully defended his research and graduated with a Doctor of Executive Leadership degree in May 2019. At this time, Dr. Schultz’s research interests include community policing, public safety leadership, emergency management, crisis leadership, emotional intelligence, evidence-based policing, law enforcement instruction, public policy impacting both criminal justice and criminal justice reform, and use of technology in criminal investigations, to include evidence collection and processing.