- New York City Police Academy
- Institute for Elected Municipal Officials, Basic Course, June 2014
- Advance Elected Officials Course II & III, 2014 and 2015
- Florida League of Cities, Legislative Policy Committee, Growth Management &
- Economic Affairs
- Orange County Public School Leadership Course, Class V, 2015
Community Involvement & Organizations
- Apopka Chamber of Commerce, 2014-2017
- Lake Apopka Natural Gas District, 2016
- Tri-County League of Cities, 2016
- Orange County Technical School Board, OCPS
- Apopka Charter Review Committee
- A current member, Florida League of Cities Advocacy Committee
- A founding member Apopka Kiwanis Organization
- A 10-year member Apopka Woman’s Club and volunteer and member, “Read around Apopka”, Miss Apopka Pageant, and City of Apopka Historical Society Museum
- Eagle Scout World Trade Center 9/11 Apopka Memorial erected 2016
Commissioner Velazquez was born and educated in the borough of Manhattan, New York, graduating from Central Commercial High School. Soon thereafter, she attended the New York City Police Academy and after completion was officially sworn in as a police officer in New York State. The educational value of the police academy is equivalent to 32 college credits. She continued her in-house education subsequently attaining the rank of Detective 2nd grade as a criminal and insurance fraud investigator, and retired from the police department after 21 years of service.
Commissioner Diane Velazquez is an elected official and member of the Apopka City Council Seat 2. She has held Seat 2 since 2014, except for two years, from 2018 to 2020, in which she was appointed as Commissioner of Planning and Zoning, District 2, Orange County. Commissioner Velazquez returned to the Apopka City Council in 2020, again holding Seat 2 as an elected council member.
Commissioner Velazquez was elected to the Apopka City Council in March 2014, and presently her term will end on April 2026.