Promoting QPD excellence

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By Alice Du Pont

“These are two warriors in our agency,” said Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil, referring to the young men standing at attention in the briefing room of the Quincy Police Department.

Troy Gilyard Sr. and Robert Mixson Jr., both veteran officers, were about to achieve another milestone in their law enforcement careers. The rank of captain is different in that it carries with it tremendous administrative responsibilities, McNeil said.

The told the families that the new captains will probably putting in more work at the office and completing more difficult tasks than they have in the past.

Mixson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Criminology from Florida State University and is working towards a Master’s degree in Criminology. He is certified as a criminal justice instructor, firearms instructor, driving instructor, speed measurement instructor and first aid instructor. 

“Honesty, dedication, diversity, knowledge and a commitment to leadership are values that I embrace. I will bring a combination of team leadership, planning and professionalism that will continuously create respect in the police department and foster a continuing partnership with the community,” Mixson said.

Gilyard has Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Columbia Southern University. He began his career with the Quincy Police Department in 1998, and his assignments have included patrol division, DUI enforcement, field training officer, criminal investigations, traffic homicide investigator, traffic operations, special event coordinator, communications and patrol supervisor.

In 2005 he was name Officer of the Year by the Quincy Police Department and in 2006 was named the Florida Police Chiefs District 3 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

“I’ve demonstrated a high degree of professional excellence in my law enforcement career, which has placed me head and shoulders above many of my peers. I also have a driven attitude and commitment to make the City of Quincy a safer place to live, work and play,” Gilyard wrote.