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 6,749 permanent residents and thousands of city visitors who utilize the city’s oceanfront amenities.
The police department consists of 21 sworn officers, three civilian personnel, a part-time accreditation manager and ten volunteers. Our officers provide 24-hour service to the citizens and visitors of St. Augustine Beach, 365 days a year. Some officer's of the SABPD are members of the St. Augustine Police Special Response Team and some are members of the Unified Specialized 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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September 21, 2020, Immediate Release
ACCREDITATION TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS
St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County, Florida – A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will be conducting a virtual assessment starting on October 27, 2020 to examine all aspects of the St. Augustine Beach Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. St. Augustine Beach Police Department has to comply with approximately 250 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.
As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards manual is available through the St. Augustine Beach Police Department Public Information Officer located at 2300 A1a South, St. Augustine, Florida, by phone at 904-471-3600 or via email at email@example.com.
For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the St. Augustine Beach Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Accreditation Program Manager for The St. Augustine Beach Police Department is Debbie Christopher. The accreditation manager said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other areas where compliance can be witnessed.
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then determine if the agency is to receive accredited status. The St. Augustine Beach Police Departments accreditation is valid for 3 years. Verification by the team that the St. Augustine Beach Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
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2300 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
(904) 471-3600 Fax (904) 471-0737
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 five City 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 26-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. Read More >>>
St. Augustine Beach Police Commander Thomas Ashlock was appointed by the Chief of Police on March 1, 2017. Commander Ashlock has served with the St. Augustine Beach Police since 2014. In addition to his command responsibilities and duties, he serves on the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team, (SWAT).
Commander Ashlock has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Saint Leo University and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Management from The George Washington University. He is a graduate of the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Session 274 and a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Executive Leadership Seminar class number five.
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Patrol Operations Lieutenant Daniel Carswell began his law enforcement career with the St. Augustine Beach Police Department in 2006. In 2012 he was promoted from the rank of Patrol Officer to Patrol Sergeant, where he spent five years supervising the daily activities of a patrol shift. In 2017, he was promoted to his current position of Patrol Operations Lieutenant. Lt. Carswell is currently responsible for the overall patrol operations of the St. Augustine Beach Police which include but is not limited to, patrol management, K9 Unit, secondary employment, internal affairs, agency fleet, special events and the field training/evaluation program.
Lt. Carswell has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Flagler College.
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St. Augustine Beach Police Administrative Lieutenant Kathi Harrell was selected by the Chief of Police in August of 2014. Lt. Harrell is an experienced non-sworn law enforcement veteran with over 20 years’ experience covering a multitude of disciplines.
Lt. Harrell is currently responsible for the overall administrative operations of the St. Augustine Beach Police which include but is not limited to, records management, agency budget, and multiple computer programs. Additionally, she serves as the FDLE Terminal Tac Coordinator, FALCON Administrator, and department’s SMARTCOP liaison. Lt. Harrell supervises the agency’s crime prevention programs, volunteers and management of the Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation process.
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