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Charles H. Abbott

Mr. Charles Abbott (1920-2010) is generally credited with promoting law enforcement training through Northwest Florida. Mr. Abbott served as Sheriff of Bay County from 1961 to 1963 and was cited by his contemporaries for his vision, leadership, and continuing support of law enforcement education. The Gulf Coast State College’s Public Safety Division in North Bay is housed inside the Charles H. Abbott Public Safety Training Center. Mr. Abbott is one of three members of the Gulf Coast State College Foundation to be honored as a “Director Emeritus” for his long term commitment to the Foundation.