Captain Carol E. Rasor-Cordero, Ph.D.

Senior Associate

Retired Captain, Pinellas County, Florida Sheriff’s Office
Associate Professor Public Safety Administration, St. Petersburg College

Dr. Rasor-Cordero is a retired Captain from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.  During her 25 year career in law enforcement, she served in various divisions to include: Patrol Operations, Crimes Against Children, Economic Crimes, Training, Community Services, and Court Security.  While serving as the Commander of the Community Services Division, she established the Domestic Violence Unit, the Sexual Predator and Offender Unit, and the Citizen’s Community Policing Institute.   She served as the agency’s training advisor and played a significant role in transforming the Pinellas County Police Academy from a vocational program to a progressive program that offers college credit at St. Petersburg College.  She served as team leader for the agency’s Hostage Negotiation Team and implemented the agency’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team.

Dr. Rasor – Cordero has conducted research examining the relationship between personality preferences of executive level and mid-level law enforcement/corrections leaders and exemplary leadership practices.  She has an extensive background as an educator and trainer.  As a program director for St. Petersburg College, Carol established the first and only academic on-line gang-related investigations track in the nation.  She developed the course Evolving Leaders in a Changing World for the Southeastern Public Safety Leadership Institute at St. Petersburg College which is a six part series and approved for college credit.  She designed a three part series for implementing, managing and evaluating community policing for the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute and delivered the training throughout Florida to mid-level and executive level leaders.  Carol has developed and delivered training in the high liability areas of firearms, defensive tactics and driving.  She has served as an evaluator for the project “An Evaluation of the National Justice Based After School Pilot Program” for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and a consultant for the Bureau of Justice Assistance evaluating the training needs of the Atlanta Police Department’s Narcotics Unit.  She has authored articles and presented at numerous conferences.

Dr. Rasor – Cordero is currently an associate professor for the College of Public Safety Administration, St. Petersburg College.  She holds a Ph.D. in Education, Master and Bachelor Degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida.  She is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police.