Robert Fanelli

Robert Fanelli

Criminal Investigations Commander, Gainesville Police Department

Gainesville, FL


Lieutenant Rob Fanelli is the Criminal Investigations Division Commander at the Gainesville Police Department. He oversees Robbery/Homicide, Sexual Assault, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), Domestic Violence, and the Forensic Unit. His goal is to improve the profession of Law Enforcement by challenging ideas and misconceptions within the profession, sharing ideas, encouraging communication across agencies and disciplines, and passing knowledge on to a new generation of law enforcement officers.

Lt. Fanelli has experience in several different areas including policy writing and compliance, investigations, street crime units, and administration. In 2006 he was awarded Officer of the Year. From 2007-2009, he wrote or updated 153 department policies and subsequently the Gainesville Police Department was awarded 100% approval for accreditation through the Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation agency. From 2013-2017, he worked on a newly formed street crimes burglary unit, which became a model for other agencies.

Lieutenant Fanelli has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in criminology and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Leadership Academy. He is currently an instructor with Advanced Police Concepts and at the Institute of Public Safety where he combines his knowledge of legal guidelines, department procedure, investigations, and patrol response to teach Field Training Officers Courses and Advanced Investigations. He is also a certified instructor with the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.