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2016

Florida Highway Patrol Promotes New Chief Of Public Affairs

~Captain Jeffrey Bissainthe has almost 20 years of experience with FHP ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This week, Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, promoted Captain Jeffrey Bissainthe, a U.S. Army veteran with almost 20 years of experience as a trooper, as the new Chief of Public Affairs for FHP.

As spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, the Chief PAO is responsible for overseeing FHP’s Office of Public Affairs. The Office of Public Affairs provides information to the public regarding ongoing department safety and education campaigns, responds to inquiries from national and statewide news media and conducts traffic safety programs for schools, churches, civic groups, military personnel and other organizations around the state.

“I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Captain Jeffrey Bissainthe to the role of Chief of Public Affairs for the patrol,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “In his almost twenty years with the department, Captain Bissainthe has proven himself to be a model trooper. He brings with him a wide range of skills and knowledge that make him well suited for this position.”

A native of Florida, Bissainthe graduated from Edgewater High School in Orlando after which he joined the United States Army, serving from 1989-1993 in Nuremburg, Germany and Fort Ord, California. He attended Columbia College of Missouri, graduating Summa Cum Laude as class valedictorian in 2003, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice.

Captain Bissainthe graduated from the FHP Academy in 1997 and began his career in Fort Pierce, Troop L. He has also worked in Orlando and Deland, Troop D and West Palm Beach, Troop K. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and Lieutenant in 2013. Bissainthe is a former member of the FHP SWAT team, dignitary protection team and the FDLE Drug Interdiction Task Force.

Captain Bissainthe replaces former Chief Public Affairs Officer Major Nancy Rasmussen who was promoted to the position of Major of the FHP Training Academy on March 11, 2016.

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