Tim Girard graduated Spruce Creek High School in 1978, subsequently attending Daytona Beach Community College as a student in the Associate of Arts program, as well as completing the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in 1979. He joined the Daytona Beach Police Department as a reserve officer for a few months before accepting a full-time position with the Port Orange Police Department in March of 1980. He served for twenty-eight years and nine months as a member of the Port Orange Police Department being assigned and promoted to numerous positions within the agency culminating with his promotion to the role of a division commander in 1988, a position which he held until retirement in 2009. He joined the adjunct faculty of the Daytona Beach Community College in a part-time capacity in 1988 as the lead instructor for the defensive tactics portion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He also served as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Central Florida teaching criminal justice courses from 2000 to 2005. He retired from the Port Orange Police Department in 2009 to accept an Associate Professor position with Daytona State College where he has served as Assistant Chair of Defensive Tactics and Physical Training from 2009 to 2021. He currently serves as a defensive tactics and physical fitness instructor.
Tim graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1992 with 4.0 G.P.A. He is Summa Cum Laude graduate of St. Leo College holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. He also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Central Florida where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1999. He holds Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission instructor certifications in general topics and defensive tactics. He has also completed thousands of hours of advanced/specialized and career development training in the law enforcement field.