Major Orange County Florida
Major (Ret) Patricia Wells worked 44 years in the law enforcement field, 35 of those years with Orange County Sheriff’s Office. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Public Administration from Barry University and is a Graduate of the 94th Southern Police Institute Administrators Officers Course and the National Crime Prevention Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky as well as a Graduate of the 221st Session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia.
She began her career in south Florida in the early 70’s and worked for Dania, Hallandale and Hollywood Police Departments before joining the OCSO in January of 1981 where she served as a road patrol deputy for five years and later as a sergeant, lieutenant, commander, captain and major of the Uniform Patrol Division. She also has an extensive background in the training field where she served as a state certified trainer, first female firearms instructor for the agency as well as a sergeant, lieutenant and captain in the Training Section.
Throughout the past 35 years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office she served in almost all areas of the agency. Major Wells worked for 4 sheriffs during her tenure with the OCSO and was promoted by each of them during their command. Sheriff Jerry L. Demings made history in 2013 when he appointed her as the first woman to command the Uniform Patrol Division. Other past assignments include Staff Assistant – Office of the Undersheriff, Special Projects Commander, Watch Command, Staff Assistant to Uniform Patrol Division Commanders, Youth Services Section Commander, CJI Police Academy Class Coordinator, Firearms/Range sergeant and lieutenant, Training Section Commander and our first female firearms instructor and range master, Sector V Patrol Commander, Accreditation/Inspections Section Commander, Special Operations and Investigations Division Commander. She served five years on Sheriff Jerry L. Demings’ Executive Staff as a major before her retirement.
For many years she commanded the Crisis Intervention Team, Casualty Benefits Team and Critical Incident Management Team. Until her retirement, she led the Casualty Benefits Team and is considered an expert on Police Funerals. She has worked with over 70 families in her career that have lost a law enforcement loved one. Her passion is to help each family rebuild their shattered lives. Throughout her career she has assisted on multiple promotional boards, new hire boards, transfer review boards, Retirement Committee, Early Identification System Committee and the Awards Committee. Major Wells served for over 25 years on the SWAT Round-Up committee.
Major Wells has received many awards such as multiple Unit Citations, two Distinguish Service Awards, a Sheriffs’ Citation medal, a medal of Administrative Excellence from the City of Orlando for her involvement with the National International Police Chief’s Conference and many letters of appreciation. Major Wells served as the conference chairperson for the FBI National Academy Associates 2013 national conference hosted here in Orlando. She has served our community as a member of rotary, co-chair for the International Drive Police Ball committee, United Way Agency Chair, Operation Hire, Orange County Community Safety Program Task Force, American Cancer Society, Human Services Council and is currently the Treasurer for the Central Florida Chapter of COPS.
She retired December 31, 2015 after serving 44 years in law enforcement in the State of Florida. She still remains an active member of the FBINAA Florida Chapter Board and the Central Florida Concerns of Police Survivors. She enjoys spending time with her husband Chet and her daughter Elizabeth and granddaughter Lauren.