George S. Steffen
George S. Steffen is a Major with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office(Florida).
He serves as the Commander of the Investigative Operations Bureau (IOB). As commanding officer of IOB he leads and manages
a staff of over 500, to include the Narcotics Division, Child Protection Investigations Division, Court Security, Property
Crimes, Crimes Against Persons, Court Process, and the Criminal Enterprise Division.
Major George S. Steffen has been a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida
since 1980 – as a patrol officer/deputy, criminal investigator and a supervisor in a number of capacities to include
Patrol Operations, Administrative Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Narcotic Investigations and Child Protection Investigations.
He has served with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since January 1982. Major Steffen began his law enforcement
career as a police officer with the Tarpon Springs Police Department, Florida.
Major George S. Steffen holds a
Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Leo
University, Florida and a Master of
Public Administration Degree from Troy
University, Alabama. He has completed
course work in Criminal Justice from
the University of Virginia. He is a
graduate of the 223rd Session of the
FBI National Academy, Quantico,
Virginia and the Florida Criminal
Justice Executive Institute, Executive
Leadership Program, Tallahassee,
Florida. Major Steffen is an adjunct
instructor, St. Petersburg College,
Southeastern Public Safety Institute,
Florida (1993 – Present). He is an
instructor in Criminal Investigation
and Narcotic Investigation related
topics. Major Steffen is a certified
law enforcement instructor in the
state of Florida.
Major George S. Steffen co-author of
the book Drug Interdiction: Partnerships, Legal Principles and Investigative Technologies for Law Enforcement
(CRC Press 2003). He has been published in several law enforcement publications to include Law and Order magazine
and Police and Security News. Due in early 2010, Co-author of the book Drug Interdiction: Partnerships, Legal Principles and
Investigative Technologies for Law Enforcement, Second Edition (CRC Press).
According to the book description of
Second Edition of
Drug Interdiction: Partnerships, Legal Principles, and Investigative Methodologies for Law Enforcement,
"written by seasoned drug enforcement
officials, this book trains potential
police officers in the area of
domestic drug interdiction. It teaches
readers how to interview suspected
drug couriers and ascertain whether an
investigation is warranted. It
discusses the entire arsenal of
investigative tools available today,
including the drug canine. Throughout
the book, the authors discuss legal
aspects and pertinent case law to show
what narcotics investigator need to do
to stay within the law. This new
edition contains updated case law and
case studies, as they relate to each
chapter and new information pertaining
to trends, practices, and
investigative techniques for each
One reader of
the first edition of Drug Interdiction:
Partnerships, Legal Principles, and Investigative Methodologies for Law Enforcement said, “What a book.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Candelaria at a class he taught. The class was great and so is the book. If you are a law
enforcement officer and are interested in drug interdiction, than your library would not be complete without this book. Great
techniques to study and master. If you get the chance to attend one of the authors classes, don't pass it up.”
About the Pinellas
County Sheriff’s Office
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, “As
a constitutional officer, the sheriff in Florida is elected for a term of four years and is governed by the Florida Constitution
and the law. The duties of the office are specifically laid out in Florida Statute Chapter 30.
Although the nature and scope of law enforcement have evolved with the rising population and changing times, the sheriff’s
core of duties as outlined in Chapter 30 has remained fairly constant over the years.
The most recognizable aspect of the sheriff’s duties is law enforcement.
The sheriff is chief law enforcement officer of the county – Chapter 30 specifically designates the sheriffs
as the “conservators of the peace in their counties.” The sheriffs are also responsible for service of all legal
process (writs, warrants, subpoenas, and other legal documents) directed to them by the courts or the county commissioners.
Other responsibilities of the sheriff include keeper of the county
jail and provider of court security. In Pinellas County that means the sheriff is responsible for over
3,600 inmates at any one time. Additionally, every arrested person is booked at the Pinellas County jail
facility located on 49th Street in Clearwater – nearly 50,000 persons are booked annually. At all
court facilities, the bailiffs who provide court security are all certified law enforcement officers working within the sheriff’s
office. The Pinellas County sheriff also provides several other countywide services to include Sexual Predator and Offender
Tracking (SPOT), Flight, Civil Process, Fugitives and Child Protection Investigation.
To aid in executing these duties, the sheriff employs support staff who work throughout
the agency in a variety of positions from computer programmer to fingerprint technician. Including law
enforcement deputies, detention deputies, bailiffs, and support personnel, the total number of employees in the sheriff’s
office: well over 3,000 employees – positions it as one of Pinellas County’s top ten employers.”