The Operations Division of the Stuart Police Department is comprised of one Captain and thirty two full time officers, two (2) part time officers and six (6) reserve officers. The division is divided into two units, Road Patrol and Special Operations. The Special Operations Unit is led by one (1) sergeant. He oversees one (1) corporal, two (2) narcotics detective, two (2) canine officers as well as their K9 partners and two (2) walking team officers. Road Patrol is divided in four individual shifts. Each shift is led by a sergeant who supervisors one (1) corporal and four (4) zone officers. Road Patrol works a 12 hour shift. Those shifts are 7am to 7pm and 7pm to 7am. Special Operations officers work a wide variety of hours to meet to the needs of the community.
Road Patrol is responsible for continued police service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When a citizen calls 911 the members of the Operations Division are the first to respond. When not responding to calls our officers proactively patrol our residential neighbourhoods and engage in community events. The Special Operations Unit focuses on narcotics related investigations, street level criminal offenses, directed patrol and traffic complaints. They are available to assist road patrol with active crime scenes. Reserves and part time officers consist of fully certified, fully trained police officers who assist the agency during staffing shortages, hurricanes, special events, parades, or other events when needed. Specially trained reserves assist in the criminal investigations division as well.
The entire Operations Division is commanded by Captain Derek Ortado. Captain Ortado is a 14 year veteran of the department. He began his career with the agency in 1. He holds several college degrees, with an B.S. in Emergency and Disaster Management, and a M.A. in Criminal Justice. During his career he has served as patrol officer, TAC officer, narcotics detective, a supervisor in the Road Patrol Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division. He was on the Special Response Team for over a decade and served as the departments Emergency Management Coordinator for seven years. Captain Ortado was appointed by the Governor to sit on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council – Local Emergency Planning Council. Captain Ortado was promoted to his current position in May 2013. He is a member of the Treasure Coast Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s and a graduate of the 67th Command Officer Development Course through the Southern Police Institute (SPI).