Meet The Chief

Meet The Chief

Interim Police Chief Rob Lovering

Interim Police Chief Rob Lovering

On behalf of the men and women of the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our informative website. It’s our hope that this website will provide you with a greater understanding of the services that the Fort Walton Beach Police Department provides. I invite you to explore this website to get to know us better.

I am proud to have been given the opportunity to work with and alongside all of the outstanding members of this department and to serve the community. As your interim Chief of Police, I will endeavor to provide a safe and secure environment with a quality of life that the citizens and visitors of Fort Walton Beach expect and deserve.

I can assure you that the staff and officers of our department, are committed to making a positive difference in our community, by providing both effective and efficient police services. We are dedicated to protecting life and property as well as preventing or deterring crime and the fear of crime. We can accomplish these tasks by establishing and maintaining partnerships between our officers and those we serve, while assisting our residents and businesses in identifying and solving problems in the pursuit of improving the quality of life in the City of Fort Walton Beach.

Our Department’s philosophy of community policing is a priority and all of our officers understand that we are accountable to the citizens and businesses within our great little city. It is a philosophy of a true police and community collaboration. To be successful, we must maintain a positive relationship with the citizens and community alike. You, the community, are the eyes and ears for what is occurring in your neighborhoods and are the key to opposing crime. The police department’s ability to be truly effective starts with open communication with our citizens, which leads to a cooperative approach to problem solving.

It is my hope that the features of our website will keep you better informed regarding upcoming police/community events, crime trends, and the services that our agency provides, as well as provide useful resources to better connect you to us and other Law Enforcement Agencies. You may also follow our police department on Facebook.

Thank you for visiting our website.

Robert Lovering
Interim Chief of Police

Law Enforcement Experience:
Hillsborough County Sheriff Office (Correctional Officer) 1985-1986

Tampa Police Department (Retired as Captain) 1986-2014
Commander of Strategic Investigations Bureau (Narcotics),
Commander of Major Crimes Bureau (Homicide, Sex Crimes, Forensics, Marshall’s Task Force, Traffic Homicide) and Patrol Sector Commander (District 1 & 3)

Port Richey Police Department (Chief of Police) 2014-2016

Formal Education
Saint Leo University graduate with Bachelor degree in Criminology

Hillsborough Community College graduate with Associate degree in Police Administration

FBI National Academy graduate – Quantico, VA (236th Session)