Captain Mike Schentrup is currently a Bureau Commander for the Gainesville (Florida) Police Department, where he has worked for the last 22 years. The majority of his career has been spent in investigative units, including major case detective, gang and burglary unit sergeant, and ultimately the division commander for detectives. Captain Schentrup has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in Sociology, with an emphasis on Criminal Justice and has recently attended both the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police and IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations course.
He has four published articles, including “The Transformation of a Major Case Detective” (American Police Beat, 2017); “How to Sustain Sexual Assault Investigation Changes” (LawOfficer Online, 2018); and “Initial Officer Response to Sexual Violence” (Chief of Police Magazine, 2018) and “Joyful Command – How Leaders Can Make Work a Great Place to Be” (American Police Beat, 2019). He has spoken at the 2018 EVAWI Conference in Chicago and the 2019 ICESA Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Conference in Indiana.
Captain Schentrup has taught for ten years in various investigative fields. He is also an adjunct master instructor for law enforcement for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) and recently was interviewed extensively for a video presentation developed by the FCASV produced as a roll-call training video for patrol officers across Florida. Captain Schentrup is a current member of the Florida Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team.