Hardin to run for Glades County Sheriff

Sgt. David Hardin

Sgt. David Hardin

David Hardin plans to emphasize community policing and crime prevention if he’s elected Glades County Sheriff in 2016.

Sgt. Hardin announced he was an official candidate Monday.

“I feel like I have the experience and the community involvement to make good common sense law enforcement decisions. As a leader I’d like the community and employees to know that their hard work and dedication will be rewarded. Employees of the Sheriffs office won’t have to worry about their job; it would be a smooth transition between Sheriff Whiddon and myself.”

Sgt, Hardin said training of officers will continue to be a major emphasis. He noted he attended crime prevention schools, became certified, attended crimes against the elderly and other programs. He’s also actively taught anti-crime programs to citizens.

“I think law enforcement is more effective when we partner with the community. We enjoy good community relations now and I’d like to see that improve,” he added.

He is Senior Sergeant in the Road Patrol Division, teaches crime prevention and concealed weapons courses, and supervises the gun range.

Next month he’ll take part in the West Glades Elementary School Anti Bullying program. He said it is important to get youth involved with positive activities.

“I believe in the future and we need to take a more active role with our young people and provide them guidance. We want our children to come back to Glades County after their education and be a positive member of the community,” he added.

Sgt. Hardin said the crime prevention programs are very effective in Glades County. The community was ranked as the safest community per capita in Florida in 2014. Sgt. Hardin would like that to continue.

“You are never going to get rid of crime. You can displace the crime by making the situation so distasteful for the criminal. If you lock your vehicles at night, burglars will pass up your vehicle.”

Sgt. Hardin is involved with Glades Youth Livestock, the Glades Athletic League, the Masonic Lodge, Shrine Club and Eagles Clubs, and is President of the Lions Club International in Moore Haven, and Vice President of the Lakeport Community Association.

Sgt. Hardin joined the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Auxiliary in 1992. He was employed by OCSO as a corrections officer in December 1992, and became a Road Patrol deputy in July 1993. He also worked for a few years as an electrician before being hired by the Glades County Sheriff’s Office in 2000, by then Sheriff Jim Rider.

Sgt. Hardin’s wife Colleen is with Seminole Police Department in Brighton.

Special to Glades County Democrat

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