Police Officer the Year
Corporal Travis Whitley
Leesburg Police Department
Cpl Travis Whitley was born and raised in Leesburg, Florida and is a proud graduate of Leesburg High School. While attending LHS, Travis was a member of the Leesburg Police Department’s Police Explorer Program. While in the program, he received two (2) commendations from the Office of the Chief of Police for actions taken during a serious traffic crash and for his assistance with a fleeing retail theft suspect.
After graduating from high school in 1999, Travis joined the US Air Force, where he proudly served for 7 ½ years in Security Forces. During that time, he served in over 25 countries and became an Afghanistan War Veteran during "Enduring Freedom", and later as he served in support of "Iraqi Freedom".
After serving his country, Travis returned to his home town and began his career with the Leesburg Police Department. He has served the citizens of Leesburg for nearly 9 years and, during that time, has been selected as "Outstanding Officer of the Year" during five of those years. He has successfully held several assignments at LPD, and he currently serves as a road patrol corporal and assistant SWAT team leader where he also instructs in a multitude of disciplines. He has assisted our neighboring agencies and their training cadres on several occasions.
In the past year Travis has volunteered his time for many worthy causes. The American Cancer Society, Dragon Boat Program for at risk youth, and community outreach to include: painting homes in the Carver Heights area of Leesburg and feeding/helping the homeless and less fortunate are just a few of his endeavors. He was recently on the cover of Style magazine for participating in a "Pay if Forward" campaign. Travis positively impacts our community through his work, faith, and compassion.
Travis has been recognized multiple times in 2014 for going above and beyond the call of duty. His tireless investigations as a member of the Leesburg PD Vice Unit have led to multiple arrests of violent drug offenders, burglars, and armed robbery suspects. In one case in March, while off-duty, Travis spotted a serial burglary suspect in Fruitland Park. He called in the suspect’s whereabouts and stayed within eyesight of him as he travelled into Leesburg. When the suspect became aware he was being followed he tried to flee, crashing his motorcycle in the process. Travis was able to safely apprehend the suspect and wait for on-duty officers.
It is particularly of merit to note that Travis was selected as Leesburg Police Officer of the year by his peers. His impeccable work ethic, contagious attitude, and commitment to community service make him a great choice for the Service Above Self Award. His professional and personal endeavors reflect great credit upon himself, the Leesburg Police Department, and the City of Leesburg