The Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association is a premier member organization; the purpose of which is to promote efficient law enforcement services through the cooperation and coordination of all law enforcement agencies within Southwest Florida. The non-profit association has been in existence since 1985.
Board of Directors
Chief Thomas Lewis
Punta Gorda Police Department
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chief Lewis began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer. In 1998, Chief Lewis joined the Punta Gorda Police Department team as a Police Officer.
In 2010, Chief Lewis attended and graduated from the prestigious 243rd Session of the FBI National Academy. In 2012, Chief Lewis was honored by the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association as the 2012 Command Officer of the Year. Chief Lewis is a graduate of the 2010 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Florida Executive Development Seminar, the 2012 Future Law Enforcement Executive Seminar, and the 2013 Advanced Future Law Enforcement Executive Seminar. He also graduated as Class President of the 2013 Leadership Charlotte Class.
Chief Lewis serves as an assessor, team leader, committee member, and instructor with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. Chief Lewis was awarded a state honor with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement’s Executive Director’s Award for 2013. He also serves as a committee member and instructor for the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition. He maintains involvement with the community through coaching youth basketball and as a Board member of Drug Free Charlotte County.
Chief Kevin T. Vespia
North Port Police Department
Kevin T. Vespia, of North Port, Florida began his first 3 years of his law enforcement career with the United States Armed Forces (Army) as a military police officer. He then served 3 years with the Providence Police Reserves in Providence, Rhode Island before finally moving to Florida. Once in Florida, Kevin served 3 years with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office before joining the North Port Police Department. In 1999 Kevin joined the North Port Police Department as a patrolman, being promoted through the ranks to his current position as Chief of Police on February 27, 2011.
A graduate from the 234th session of the F.B.I. National Academy, Kevin is continuing his education with Andrew Jackson University in his quest to obtain his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Kevin is also a graduate of the 43rd Chief’s Executive Course provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
Kevin continues to support his community and co-workers and is passionate about developing partnerships and promoting a “TEAM” philosophy. Kevin believes that by working together, everyone can accomplish more.
Deputy Chief Dan Brophy
Lee County Port Authority Police Department
Major Daniel Brophy is a 35 year veteran of Law Enforcement having severed with agencies in Massachusetts and most recently with the Lee County Port Authority in Ft Myers, FL. Major Brophy is a graduate of the Florida Police Chief’s Future Chief’s Training Program, the recipient of the 2013 Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Associations Outstanding Command Officer of the Year Award and holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA.
Since coming to the Port Authority in 2006, Major Brophy quickly rose through the ranks. In 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assumed Command of the Investigation Bureau. Then in 2009 he was once again promoted to rank of Major / Assistant Chief. Major Brophy is currently responsible for the Operations Bureau of The Port Authority and oversees the department’s budget, purchasing and computer technologies.
Immediate Past President
Chief Jack Cavanaugh
Lee County Port Authority Police Department
Jack Cavanaugh is currently the Chief of Police for the Lee County Port Authority Police Department with 25 years of service in law enforcement.
Chief Cavanaugh has an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Edison State College (Florida Southwestern). He is a graduate of the 226th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.
Chief Cavanaugh retired from the United Stated Coast Guard Reserve in 2012 as a Chief Petty Officer after more than 21 years of service. He was in charge of the Reserve Unit at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida prior to his retirement. Chief Cavanaugh is a graduate of the “Chief Petty Officer” Academy in Petaluma, California.