FELLSMERE ― Fellsmere Police Department Chief Keith Touchberry was named 2nd Vice President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association at the FPCA's 69th annual summer conference.
The FPCA is a law enforcement professional association that says it speaks for more than 900 of Florida’s top law enforcement executives, providing guidance and leadership.
At the same conference, Vero Beach Police Department Chief David Currey was named District 6 director for the region covering Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.
Chief Touchberry, who ran unsuccessfully for Indian River County Sheriff in 2020, began his law enforcement career in 1989. At 17 he joined the Army Reserve, and later served six and a half years on active duty in the Marine Corps. He joined the Vero Beach Police Dept. in 1989 and served as uniform patrol, K-9 officer, the VBPD’s first K-9 team trainer, SWAT officer, uniform corporal, and uniform and detective sergeant.
In 2013, Chief Touchberry retired as the second in command captain to become chief of police for the FPD.
Chief Touchberry has a Master of Science Degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida. He is adjunct faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, and is the primary ethics instructor for FIT’s Baccalaureate Criminal Justice degree program online. He is also adjunct faculty at Indian River State College, where he teaches an advanced course in ethics to certified law enforcement officers.
In 2018, Chief Touchberry received the FPCA Appreciation Award in recognition of his “dedication to enhancing law enforcement professionalism in the development of quality training programs for the Florida Police Chiefs Association and its members.”