Chris Wagoner is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and U.S. Army Veteran who currently lives in North Florida with the love of his life, his wife of 24 years, Carla and his son C.J. who is his pride and joy. They share their modest home with Rusty the Sheltie and O’Malley the tabby cat!
He first got into police work at 13 when he joined the Cooper City Police Explorers program. The Explorers are part of the Boy Scouts of America. Chris did this until he was 18, spending many days and nights riding in a patrol car with officers and learning about law enforcement. Chris became a police officer in South Florida at the ripe old age of 18. After 5 years of law enforcement, he felt the need and desire to serve his country in the U.S. Military and joined the Army. Chris was assigned to and served in the 3rd Infantry Division, 981st Military Police Company in what at the time was West Germany. After serving as a Seargent of a security team in charge of nuclear weapon security he fulfilled his time in service, returning to South Florida and becoming a Deputy Sheriff with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
After spending time in Road Patrol, Traffic Homicide Unit, DUI Task Force, the Dive Rescue Team and finally the Training Unit at the Police Academy, Chris took a chance on a job in Gainesville, Fl to be closer to his parents and move from the populated south Florida to beautiful North Florida as the Police Academy Commander (and College Police Department Commander) at the Institute of Public Safety for Santa Fe College. And that is the position he has held for the last 20 years.
Chris finally turned in his badge as a sworn law enforcement officer in 2015 after 35 years as a sworn LEO, but he continues to work full time as the Academy commander, training the next generation of police officers that will protect our streets.
Chris has been involved in law enforcement for more than 40 years. He specializes in LE Firearms Instruction and Constitutional Rights and is in charge of a large Police Academy in North Florida. In his spare time, Chris is a freelance Reporter and writer for OpsLens.com as well as posting his work here. Chris is a huge advocate for the rights of law-abiding citizens to be able to defend themselves and the 2nd Amendment.