From 2007 until 2012, Mr. Simmons served as a deputy sheriff with the Marion County Sheriff's Department. As a law enforcement officer, he became a member of the Critical Emergency Response Team (CERT). This taskforce is a tactical response team that uses a variety of specialized tools to handle highly dangerous tasks and situations in a jail environment. During this time he was trained to complete forced cell moves/extractions, movement to segregation, small and large disturbances, suicide attempts, high risk prisoner escorts, high risk court protection and shakedowns. In addition, Mr. Simmons also served as an active member of the Special Presentation Corps, which is as a formal extension of the Sheriff and attends all media events and presentations in representation of the department as a whole. He was individually selected for this position based on my overall work ethic and integrity within the Sheriff’s Department.