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James Bradford, Colonel

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Department of Investigative Services

Colonel Jim Bradford is a 28-year law enforcement veteran. Colonel Bradford is a native of New Jersey and a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. He received his law enforcement certification through the Tampa Police Academy in 1989.

Starting his career in patrol,Colonel Bradford then held various detective assignments in the following areas: burglary, robbery, homicide, and intelligence.  Colonel Bradford has also held supervisory positions in both patrol and detective units.  He was on the transition team to bring child protective investigations on a contract basis from the Florida Department of Children and Families to the Sheriff's Office. 

Colonel Bradford was also part of the supervisory team that implemented the Intelligence Led Policing concept at the district patrol level - a concept that has seen double digit drops in crime rates in Hillsborough County.

Colonel Bradford serves on the Hillsborough County Juvenile Justice Board and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Child Safety. He was also part of the team which brought the HCSO History Center from conceptualization to fruition as it opened in May 2016. Colonel Bradford completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Senior Leadership Program in 2013.