Stacy Ettel

Stacy Ettel began his career in 1993, at the University of Florida Police Department. During his 17 year career at UFPD, Stacy had a highly successful career, both in promotions and training. Stacy was named Officer of the Year early in his career, and began his teaching career early on. As an instructor at numerous police academies in North Florida, Stacy became a sought after presenter, in many areas. Stacy promoted rapidly within his agency, and continued his training background as the lead trainer for his agency. As his career developed, he became a lead trainer at the police academy in advanced areas like Instructor Techniques, Line Supervision, and Field Training Program. Having been certified to teach all high liability areas, Stacy became a driving instructor trainer, and continued his law enforcement instructing during his career at UFPD.

Stacy has been a civilian trainer for more than 25 years. He began his civilian presentations with a highly sought after, and very entertaining alcohol and drug class. He was actively involved with MADD, and presented for more than 10 years for the organization. Stacy worked for the National Safety Council for many years as a defensive driving instructor, teach many civilian driving classes. Later in his career, Stacy created a corporate training class, called “Compassionate Communication”, and began presenting it around the country. Having presented the curriculum at events like the International Association of Event Management, as well as the Florida Hostage Negotiations Conference.

As Stacy’s law enforcement career continued, he transitioned into many divisions, including Training, Investigations, and Special Events. Stacy promoted to Lieutenant and worked as a Watch Commander, spending some time as the Investigations Commander, and transitioned into Special Events, overseeing the mass amount of special events in his jurisdiction. Mass events became a career focus, as Stacy oversaw large college football games, high profile dignitary visits, and many large concerts and other sporting events. Stacy was over special events during the “Don’t Tase Me Bro” incident, and followed up that high profile incident with an initiative that he developed called “Rules vs. Laws”. He is still active in presenting “Rules vs. Laws” around the country.

Stacy’s career took a major change in 2010, when he was the Incident Commander of a very high profile law enforcement shooting of a graduate student. That incident led to a high profile separation from his agency, and sent his career into a whirlwind, that has come full circle. The Stacy Ettel Story has been a highly publicized release, and he currently travels around presenting for Watchguard Video’s “Behind the Lines Series”.

Stacy’s extensive leadership background, as well as his training and management background, has led to his involvement with the “Courageous Leadership” curriculum. He is currently involved in developing better leaders, as well as educating current leaders, and is actively involved in completing a book with Travis Yates called “Courageous Leadership for Law Enforcement”

Stacy is currently back in law enforcement, and has recently been involved in Marine Patrol, and recently transitioned into the Aviation Unit.

Stacy brings a highly energetic personality, as well as a strong passion, and extensive experience to your location.


“Thank you Stacy for once again delivering a great training seminar.  This was a home run!”  Kristin Twenge, Oregon