Benjamin "Ben" McBride

Benjamin McBride

Major Benjamin “Ben” McBride retired from Clearwater Police Department after 31 years of service, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He has been a Law Enforcement Instructor teaching law enforcement professionals since 1989, in various disciplines, including Firearms, Less Lethal Weapons, Defensive Tactics, Officer Survival, Edged Weapons, and Active Shooter Response. McBride is a graduate of the 2009 Leadership of Pinellas. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and a master's degree in Criminal Justice.

Throughout his career, Major McBride worked in a variety of assignments, including Patrol, Community Policing, Field Training Officer, Criminal Investigation, Vice and Narcotics, Office of Professional Standards, and Personnel and Training. Major McBride served 20 years on the Clearwater Police Department S.W.A.T. team, 15 years as S.W.A.T. Team Leader. Major McBride served as a member of Clearwater Police Department Team Leader for the CISM of West Central Florida. Before his retirement, Major McBride was assigned as a Patrol District Commander and Assistant Division Commander over the Criminal Investigation Division. Major McBride joined the Pinellas County Schools Police Department in April of 2017

Major McBride is married and has three adult children and four grandkids. Since 2003, he has been a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas. In 2013, because of his dedicated work with one particular little brother, he was named School-Base Big Brother of the Year.



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