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The Training Division is dedicated to providing our Law Enforcement, Corrections and Communications positions with the best training available.   Training is an investment based on the premise that the way one trains is the way he/she will perform. The agency provides all of the training mandated by the State of Florida, as well as a myriad of career enhancing courses to all of its employees. We pride ourselves in providing the latest and most relevant training to all our employees. The Training Staff maintain their certifications and are responsible for facilitating and coordinating training to all agency employees, both sworn and civilian. The Training Staff networks with other local, federal law enforcement agencies and the Florida Sheriff's Association (FSA) to bring valuable and practical training opportunities to the agency.

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Sergeant Ethan Vitali began his career with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office in April of 2017. In January of 2021, he was promoted to Road Patrol Corporal. In June of 2021, he was promoted to Road Patrol Sergeant. 

During his time with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Vitali has received certifications in Speed Measurement (RADAR and LIDAR) and Crisis Intervention. He has also attended classes for drug interdiction, fraud investigations, and Glock Armorers. Sergeant Vitali is assigned to Charlie Squad as the shift supervisor and an active member of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. Sergeant Ethan Vitali was transferred to the Training Division in 2024 as Training Coordinator. 

Sergeant Vitali was raised in DeSoto County and graduated from DeSoto High School in 2015. He attended the Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety where he completed the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and continues his education by attending specialized law enforcement training.