Robert A. Hardwick
Chief of Police, St. Augustine Beach Police Department
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. He currently serves in the Florida Army National Guard as a Senior Instructor at the Regional Training Institute, Infantry Battalion and as a TAC at the Officer Candidate School (OCS).
Chief Hardwick has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Flagler College and a Master of Arts Degree from Barry University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 247 and a graduate of the FBI’s Florida Executive Development Seminar, Class 16. Chief Hardwick is also a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Chief Executive Seminar, Session 48.
In August of 2016 Governor Rick Scott appointed Chief Hardwick to the Criminal Justice and Standards Training Commission (CJSTC). He is the current Chair for the Florida League of Cities, Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, (LEAP) and a member of the Florida Police Chief’s Association Legislative Committee. Chief Hardwick serves on the St. Johns River State College Criminal Justice Academy Advisory Board. He serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League and the St. Francis House. In addition, Chief Hardwick is an Assistant Coach for the St. Joseph Academy Varsity Football Team.
Chief Hardwick has been married to his wife for 25 years and they have two sons.