In 2004, Major Anthony Collins began his career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, while simultaneously being enlisted in the Army National Guard.
Starting his career in patrol, Major Collins has held various deputy and detective assignments in the following areas: Street Crimes, Sheriff’s Target Area Response Squad, Tactical Intelligence Team, and the Major Violators Unit which is responsible for disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations. In addition to the many assignments Major Collins had, he also served on the S.W.A.T. team for nine years. Major Collins was promoted to a supervisory role in 2014. As a supervisor, Major Collins has supervised patrol deputies, and detectives assigned to the Juvenile Services Section, General Offense and District Intelligence Unit. Major Collins is currently assigned to District V Patrol Operations as the District Commander.
Major Collins is a graduate of Saint Leo University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Critical Incident Management. Additionally, Major Collins is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy’s 280th Session and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management for Police Institute 75th Session.
Major Collins has earned many commendations. His civic associations include board membership positions at Pace Center for Girls, ACTS Florida, Derrick Brooks Charities Youth Programs and Hillsborough County School Board’s – Achievement Schools Community and Family Relations. A native of Tampa, Fl., Major Collins is married and has two children.