Michael DeHart

Patrol Division
Title: Captain
Phone: 205-670-6037
Captain Michael DeHart

Captain Michael DeHart began his law enforcement career in 1989 with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and is currently its longest serving member.  Throughout his career, he has served in many assignments including, Corrections, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Evidence Technician, Field Training Officer and Coordinator, Narcotics Unit Commander, Operations Manager, Shift Commander, and currently serves as the Patrol Division Commander.  In that capacity, he oversees the operations of the patrol function, including the School Resource Officers, Judicial Services, Marine Patrol, Canine (K-9) and Reserve programs.

Captain DeHart grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from John Carroll Catholic High School.  He furthered his education at Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Wallace State Community College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University.  He is a graduate of the University of Alabama Law Enforcement Training Academy, and was the President and Honor Student of his academy class.  He is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County, and has completed the FBI’s Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (SLEEDS), as well as numerous operational, supervisory and executive level training seminars.

In addition to his primary duties, Captain DeHart is actively involved with the Shelby County Law Enforcement Chaplains Association, and has served as the Chaplain Liaison Officer since 2004.  A member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) since 2004, he holds a Senior Liaison credential, is a certified instructor, a member of the Liaison Committee, and chairs the Instructor Development Committee.  In 2014, he was honored with the Detective Stuart O. Nelson Liaison Award. 

Captain DeHart counts among his many blessings his wife and two children.  Away from work, he enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and spending time with his family and church.


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