2300 A1A South
St. Augustine, FL 32080
The city of St. Augustine Beach was incorporated in 1959 as a municipal government in St. John’s County. The city is approximately 3.0 square miles in size and is home to approximately 6,592 permanent residents and thousands of city visitors who utilize the city’s oceanfront amenities.
The police department consists of 20 sworn officers, two civilian personnel, a part-time accreditation manager and five volunteers. The officers provide 24-hour service to the citizens and visitors of St. Augustine Beach, 365 days a year. A designated Officer focuses on crime prevention and community out reach programs to our citizens. Some Officer's of the SABPD are members of the St. Augustine Police Special Response Team and some are members of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team. Read More >>>
On February 25, 2015 the SABPD achieved Florida accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
This accreditation provides many benefits to the community.
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Robert A. Hardwick was selected in November of 2012 as the 11th Chief of Police for the St. Augustine Beach Police Department. On January 7th of 2013 he assumed the duties and responsibilities for the agency after being sworn in by the Commissioners. He previously served as the Assistant Chief Investigator with the Office of the State Attorney 7th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties. At the State Attorney’s Office he supervised investigations over the four counties to include; homicide, police corruption, Governor Assignments and special prosecutions. During his approximate 23 year law enforcement career Chief Hardwick also worked at the St. Augustine Police Department, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Corrections.
As a veteran of the U.S. Army, Chief Hardwick has participated in multiple deployments to the Middle East in support of military operations. His deployments include as far back as Operation Desert Storm in 1990 with the 82nd Airborne Division and as recent as Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 with the 53rd Infantry Brigade supporting the 5th Special Forces Group. Read More >>>
St. Augustine Beach Police Commander James A. "Jim" Parker is a 37 year veteran law enforcement officer. Commander Parker served 30 years with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office supervising the Cold Case Homicide/ Police Involved Shooting Team and 4 years with the Office of the State Attorney 7th Judicial Circuit specializing in complex homicide and police corruption investigations.
Chief Hardwick in January 2013, appointed Commander Parker as his Administrative Lieutenant and later as Commander. Read More >>>
Executive Assistant Harrell is an experienced non-sworn law enforcement veteran with 18 years of experience. Executive Assistant Harrell served in multiple roles with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the St. Johns County Clerk of Courts.
Executive Assistant Harrell was selected by Chief Hardwick in August 2014 for her diverse skills in the law enforcement and private legal sector. Executive Assistant Harrell is a dedicated supervisory assistant to the Chief with extensive administrative expertise and contacts in St. Johns County.