James Hurley

Police Department
Title: Police Chief
Phone: (904) 277-7342
Chief James Hurley

After serving the City of Fort Lauderdale for twenty-five years, and the Town of Trophy Club, Texas for almost two years, Police Chief Jim Hurley began his service to the citizens of Fernandina Beach on May 1, 2006. Chief Hurley was born and raised in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Delaware State University, before relocating to South Florida. After attending the Broward County Police Academy and receiving his law enforcement certification in 1980, Chief Hurley furthered his education by obtaining his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. A firm believer in the concept of “life-long learning,” Chief Hurley also attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard University. Chief Hurley began his career in Law Enforcement as a Patrolman at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. During his 25 years in Fort Lauderdale, Chief Hurley advanced through the ranks as a Detective; Patrol Sergeant, Robbery Unit Sergeant, Patrol Captain, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division; Assistant Chief of the Support Services Bureau; and Assistant Chief of the Investigative Bureau. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is a fully accredited agency with 514 sworn officers and 321 civilian personnel. Chief Hurley wrote Florida’s Home Invasion Robbery Statute and published an article in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin explaining the unique challenges presented by this emerging crime trend. He published an article in Police Magazine confirming the correlation between pawn shops and property crime, and visited with Mike Wallace and 60 Minutes during their expose on the pawn industry. 

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