John Fugate

John Fugate

John Fugate was raised outside of Niagara Falls, New York and graduated from Niagara Wheatfield Central Schools. He then received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, New York.

Officer Fugate moved to Pinellas County in 2000 and graduated from the police recruit class #136 before starting his career with the St Petersburg Police Department.

Officer Fugate continued his career with the Kenneth City Police Department until he retired in February 2018. As a Corporal, he supervised the Field Training Program, High Liability Training, and their School Crossing Guard Program.

Officer Fugate is a certified high liability police instructor in Firearms, Less Lethal Weapons, Taser, and Active Shooter. He has been trained in Child Abuse Investigations, Sex Crime Investigations, and Crisis Intervention.

Officer Fugate joined the Pinellas County Schools Police in July 2018 after realizing he wanted to make a difference in children’s lives by teaching, mentoring, and protecting them.

 When not interacting with the students at his school, Officer Fugate spends his off time competing in freshwater fishing tournaments. He further enjoys various shooting sports.


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