Captain Stephen Hartnett is completing his 30th year in law enforcement, with most of his service time being with the City of Tampa. Brought on board with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in September 2014, Captain Hartnett spent the first two years of his employment assigned to Operations and Logistics where he was billeted as the Law Enforcement Academy Director at Pasco Hernando State College and as the Captain overseeing the Training Unit. Since January 2017, Captain Hartnett has been assigned to the Field Operations Bureau where he oversees operations in District III as the District Commander.
Over the span of his law enforcement career, Captain Hartnett has held a variety of positions covering a wide spread of roles. Other than patrol, Captain Hartnett has held assignments in field training, street level narcotics and prostitution, and latent investigations of property crimes. In addition to his assignments, Captain Hartnett has earned many practical law enforcement certificates that include Crime Prevention Practitioner, Traffic Re-constructionist/Homicide Investigator and Instructor.
Captain Hartnett is a 1985 graduate of The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina and holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University earned in 2008. In addition to his degrees, Captain Hartnett recently received a Certificate in Public Management from Florida State University. He has been married for 29 years to his wife Katie, and a family that consists of 2 grown boys ages 27 and 23, and a feisty 7 year old wire haired fox terrier named Copper.