Fernandina Beach Police Department

  • Agency: Fernandina Beach Police Department
  • Address: 1525 Lime Street, Fernandina Beach, 32034 FL
  • Chief: James T Hurley (Chief of Police)
Phone: (904) 277-7342
Fax: (904) 310-3461

Fernandina Beach Police Department is located at 1525 Lime Street, Fernandina Beach, 32034 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is James T Hurley. The Fernandina Beach Police Department phone number is (904) 277-7342.

Fernandina Beach Police Department News

Members of the FBPD had the pleasure of joining our Downtown merchants in the annual Trick or Treat Down the Streets held earlier today. It was a wonderful turn out, the members of our community and the children made it so much fun! A huge thanks to the Fernandina Beach Police Foundation for supplying candy for the event.

Here's another suspected thief from Wal Mart - if you happen to know him, could you please let Sgt. Tracey Hamilton at 904-310-3202.

On October 17, 2018 at about 3:00pm a white female entered the Walmart on the Island and placed a Vizio 50 inch TV in her cart along with a TV wall mount. She exited the store without paying and met a white male in the parking lot who was driving a white SUV, possibly a Jeep. They loaded the items in the back of the SUV and left south on South 14th Street. The SUV has damage on driver's side rear corner and is missing the trim piece on the rear driver's side door. If you have any information as to the identity of the subjects, please contact Detective Chris Kopinski at 904-310-3222 or Sergeant Tracey Hamilton at 904-310-3215.

The Fernandina Beach Police Department has an opening for a full time, Florida certified police officer. Our officers work 12 hour shifts with 4 or 5 days on followed by 4 or 5 days off. Starting salary is $38,493.00 with shift differential for night shift and various other benefits. There is an abbreviated FTO program for experienced police officers. For additional please visit: http://www.fbfl.us/128/Careers-at-FBPD Officers and sergeants are represented by the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement can be located at: https://www.coastalfloridapba.us/fernandina-beach-pd.html

CONGRATULATIONS to School Resource Officer Brian Evatt. Earlier this week he was recognized by the Florida Attorney General's Office as a School Resource Officer Specialist. This honor comes after obtaining various levels of training through the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute. GOOD JOB BRIAN, we are proud of you!

On August 8, 2018 and again on September 2, 2018, this couple arrived at Walmart on the Island in a white SUV. They entered Walmart, selected items from various parts of the store, proceeded to the customer service desk and returned the items for refunds without purchasing the items. If you have any information as to the identity of the subjects, please contact Detective C. Kopinski at (904)310-3222.

In an earlier post we showed Sergeant Chad Lee and Detective Michelle Arseneau working at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center. We also mentioned that Officer Zach Leadingham was in the same area working relief efforts through the National Guard. Zach just sent us this photo of him working to provide assistance to the victims of Hurricane Michael. Keep up the good work Zach!

Sunday night we had unwanted, unwelcomed visitors on the Island, the kind who do not contribute to the economy. Between the City and the unincorporated areas of the Island over 30 cars were burglarized in the area around the Parkway near 200 and on South Fletcher Avenue. In addition one car was stolen and FBPD officers recovered a stolen vehicle from Jacksonville. In each case the vehicle entered was unlocked. We encourage our community to remove valuables and lock their car doors. In the previous year over 95% of all car burglaries in our area have involved unlocked vehicles. At the FBPD we want to catch the bad guys doing this but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – let’s not be a fertile field for these thieves. As a side note crimes of this magnitude usually involve a group of thieves who drive into a neighborhood in the early morning hours and several will scatter in the area pulling on car doors. They are in and out very quick usually taking things they can easily carry. Also if you recognize the young wayward lad in the video let us know by calling 904-310-3215.

Sergeant Chad Lee and Detective Michelle Arseneau have been working the midnight shift in the Bay County Emergency Operations Center. They will finish up on October 23rd, for a total of two weeks of service to the Hurricane Relief effort. We very much appreciate their dedication and willingness to be deployed for two weeks on such short notice. Officer Leadingham is in the same area working relief efforts through the National Guard. Not sure how long he will be deployed but we are grateful that we also have officers willing to serve through the military.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Fernandina Beach Fire Department is selling T-Shirts to raise money to assist women in Nassau County with cancer screening and treatment options. To show support for the Fire Department’s efforts and to raise awareness, Police Chief Jim Hurley is allowing police officers to wear the pink t-shirts as part of their uniform for the month of October.

On September 18, 2018, during the afternoon hours, the victim’s car was burglarized while parked at the YMCA. The suspects stole his wallet from the car and a short time later these two guys used his credit card to buy a $500.00 Visa Gift Card at Wal Mart on the Island. If you have any idea who they are please contact Sgt. Tracey Hamilton at 904-310-3215.

During the early morning hours of September 22, 2018 a house under construction in the 1200 block of South Fletcher was extensively vandalized. The person believed to be responsible for causing the damages appears to be a tall thin, white male driving a newer model Ford Mustang. If you have any information as to the identity of this subject, please contact Detective Michelle Arseneau at 904-310-3217 or Sergeant Tracey Hamilton at 904-310-3215.

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Chief Hurley welcomed five new police officers to the Fernandina Beach Police Department. The officers were sworn in by Judge Wesley Poole and family members pinned on their badge as they set out on a new career. Three of the officers were hired to fill vacancies and two were hired to meet the requirements of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act.

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, Chief Hurley welcomed five new police officers to the Fernandina Beach Police Department. The officers were sworn in by Judge Wesley Poole and family members pinned on their badge as they set out on a new career. Three of the officers were hired to fill vacancies and two were hired to meet the requirements of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act.

Patriot's Day provided an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the terrible events of 9/11 and to honor great sacrifice. Locally, the DeVane family and the First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach stopped by the police department yesterday afternoon to offer positive encouragement to our police officers. We sincerely appreciate their generous and thoughtful prayers for all of our first responders. It is a true pleasure to serve the citizens of this wonderful community!

We ran this back in June but are still looking for this guy in case anyone may recognize him - On May 30th a customer at the Fernandina Food Mart, 201 South 14th Street, dropped their wallet without knowing it. The guy in this picture helped himself to the wallet and left the store. If you have any idea who this person is, please contact Sergeant Tracey Hamilton at 904-310-3215.

The Fernandina Beach Police Department would like to express sincere condolences to the Clay County Sheriff's Office on the passing of Deputy Ben Zirbel who died in the line of duty. Thoughts and prayers are extended to Deputy Zirbel's family and all the members of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

As school is getting into full swing, we'd like to introduce our School Resource Officers (SROs). The FBPD is staffing each of the four public schools in the City with an SRO. This is Officer Jason Hepler, he is assigned to Emma Love Hardee Elementary School. Jason attended schools on Jacksonville's Northside and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School. He has been with FBPD for over 14 years having served in patrol, investigations and evidence. Interesting fact about Jason - his twin brother Jon also serves with FBPD as a patrol sergeant.

As school is getting into full swing, we'd like to introduce our School Resource Officers (SROs). The FBPD is staffing each of the four public schools in the City with an SRO. This is Officer Jarrel Mitchell, he is assigned to the Fernandina Beach Middle School. Jarrel attended Yulee Primary, Yulee Middle School and Yulee High School. He then went on to graduate from Florida State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Jarrel has been with FBPD for over two years, previously serving in patrol.

As school is getting into full swing, we'd like to introduce our School Resource Officers (SROs). The FBPD is staffing each of the four public schools in the City with an SRO. This is Officer Brian Evatt, he is assigned to Fernandina Beach High School, the very school he graduated from in 1994. This is Brian's 4th year as an SRO at FBHS, in fact the students that were freshman when he started at FBHS are seniors this year. Brian has been a police officer for over 10 years having worked in patrol, investigations and evidence. In addition to his assignment as an SRO, Brian coaches football and baseball at the high school.

As school is getting into full swing, we'd like to introduce our School Resource Officers (SROs). The FBPD is staffing each of the four public schools in the City with an SRO. This is Officer Hank Lee. He is the new School Resource Officer assigned to Southside Elementary School, a school he attended as a young person. Hank has been with FBPD for over 19 years and has served as a patrol officer and at one time was the Resource Officer at the Middle School.

On July 18, 2018, around 8:00 p.m., the subjects pictured entered the local Wal-Mart together. The male purchased one item for less than a dollar and in doing so passed a counterfeit $100.00 bill. The male's shirt was peach in color with a white logo and the word “FLY”, a white and black ball cap, white pants and white shoes. If anyone recognizes the subjects, please contact Detective Christina Woods at 904-310-3218.

Our TBT photo today comes from the late 1970's, maybe the very early 1980's. This is one of the four patrol squads within the FBPD then. Pictured are Glenn Padgett, Tommy Harper, Sergeant John Phillips and Jack Bass. Sadly all have since passed away, however they are well remembered and we are appreciative of their service to the community. Thanks to Suzanne Bass for sharing the photo with us.

THIS FRIDAY JULY 20th - BEYOND THE BADGES CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME. THE FERNANDINA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT VS THE FERNANDINA BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT AT FERNANDINA BEACH HIGH SCHOOL AT 6:00pm. The Fernandina Beach Police and Fire Departments are teaming up to provide scholarships to selected FBHS Seniors. One of the fund raising events includes a basketball game between police officers and fire fighters on July 20th which the public is invited to attend. Sponsorship options are also available. All proceeds and donations go to the scholarship fund which is administered by the Fernandina Beach Police Foundation.