Wayne South

Wayne South retired as a Lieutenant from the Gainesville (FL) Police department in 2018. Upon his retirement he was the Training and Education Division Commander with the responsibility of training for the department. Wayne has held many formal leadership roles including Deputy District Commander, Patrol Commander, Shift Commander, and Field training officer Supervisor. Wayne also served as a background investigator and polygraph examiner.

Wayne has been an instructor for over 20 years and has taught classes to basic students, as well as executive level law enforcement officials. Wayne has taught over thirty classes in leadership and field training to officers across the country in the last year alone. Wayne has also taught leadership internationally to officers in Canada and a contingent of law enforcement supervisors from Dubai. Wayne not only facilitates classes with Advanced Police Concepts but also facilitates leadership classes for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He has taught criminal justice classes on a college level and developed a college level program in criminal justice which is still in use today.

Wayne holds a Master of Business Administration degree as well as a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. Wayne continues to improve himself and his skills by attending advanced classes in how to be a master presenter, frequently attends leadership classes, and continues to develop curriculum for leadership and train-the-trainer courses.

Wayne has published several articles on leadership and training in Police 1 as well as an article on recruiting and retention for Police Chief magazine. Wayne’s latest article, Strong Leadership, was published in Police 1 in March 2024 (link is below).

Wayne is currently an adjunct instructor for the Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Academy. When not teaching Wayne enjoys camping, fishing, and hiking with his wife of twenty-five years.

Other Recent Articles:

Leadership development series: The building blocks of strong leadership

Top Five Leadership Principles Every FTO Should Know

Seven Reasons Officers Fail the FTO Program

Wayne is the senior lead instructor for both Advanced Field Training Officer Course and Leadership for Front-Line Supervisors.