Captain Samuel V. Portalatin serves as the Deputy Commander for District I.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. In 2008, he began his career with HCSO as a patrol deputy in District 1. During his earlier years on patrol, he became a gang intelligence liaison and an alternate deputy within the Court Complex Security Section.
As a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, he was assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau which led to his promotion to Corporal. Portalatin also served as a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team for ten years as a negotiator, an assistant team leader, and ultimately as the team leader before being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
He completed supervisory assignments in Patrol, and the General Offense Section before returning to the Professional Standards Bureau as a supervisor.
Samuel and his Wife Melisa have four children.