Captain Douglas Hardie
Captain Hardie heads the Patrol Operations Division that include uniformed/district patrol, Trafffic, Aviation, Marine, K-9 and STAR Team. He also oversees the Field Training Officer Program.
He was born in Indian River County and was raised in Fort Pierce. He graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in 1987.
He joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in October 1989 as a Patrol Deputy. In July 1992, he moved to what was then called the Tactical Enforcement Unit. In May 1996, he became a member of the Fort Pierce Housing Authority Policing Unit and served as a drug elimination deputy.
In June 1999, he moved to Court Security and became a Master Deputy in December 2000. In May 2001, he was promoted to Sergeant in Court Security. In August 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant in Court Security and in 2015 he was promoted to Captain and assigned to lead the Criminal Investigations Division.
During his entire career, he has committed himself to furthering his education. In 1999, He received an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Indian River State College. In 2000, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College.
In October 2005, he graduated from the Command Officers Development Course (CODC) program offered by the University of Louisville.
In March 2011, he graduated from the FBI National Academy (session 244) in Quantico, Virginia.
In December of 2011, he received his Master's degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
In April of 2015, he graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is a former Marine who served in the reserves from 1987-1991 and served in combat in Operation Desert Storm.
In March 2011, he transferred to School Resource where he served as the Unit Lieutenant. In June 2012, he moved to the Special Investigations Unit. In 2014, he was promoted to Captain and now serves in the Criminal Investigation Division.
He has been a member of the Underwater Search and Recovery Team for 25 years and has served as Team Leader for the past seven years. He also served on the SWAT Team from 1990 – 1995.
He is a certified EMT and is a law enforcement accreditation assessor for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.