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/TAAC. Special Operations is led by one (1) sergeant. He oversees one (1) corporal, one (1) narcotics detective, two (2) canine officers as well as their K9 partners and two (2) tactical officers (TAAC: Taking Action Against Crime). 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 hours shift. Those shifts are 7am to 7pm and 7pm to 7am. Special Operations/TAAC 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/TAAC 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 can assist in the criminal investigations division as well.
The entire Operations Division is commanded by Captain Steven Graff. Captain Graff is a 27 ½ year veteran of the department. He began his career with the agency in 1988. He holds several college degrees, with an A.S. in Business & Marketing, and a B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology. During his career he has served as patrol officer, detective, community services officer, a supervisor in the Road Patrol Division, Community Services Unit, the Special Operations Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Division. He was on the Special Response Team for nearly a decade and served as the departments Disaster management Coordinator for seven years. Captain Graff is one of the first sworn officers in the entire State of Florida to hold the certification of a Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) and was appointed by the Governor to sit on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council – Local Emergency Planning Council. Captain Graff was promoted to his current position on March 1, 2013. Soon after that, he attended the 67th Command Officer Development Course through the Southern Police Institute (SPI). Additionally, Captain Graff graduated from the FBI Florida Executive Development Seminar (FBI-FEDS) and will be obtaining his Trilogy Award this year from the FBI-LEEDA program. He is a graduate of LEADERShip Martin County (Class #13) and held the positions of Board Member, Vice President and was the first law enforcement officer to ever hold the position of Alumni President. Captain Graff is a member of the Treasure Coast Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s Association. He is an avid photographer is also the co-owner of Treasure Coast Hockey. This is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to community by offering a safe and friendly atmosphere for all kids on the Treasure Coast to learn and play roller hockey. He has donated nearly 900 hours every year, since 2007, and has coached 85+ teams. Captain Graff was honoured by the Rotary Club of Stuart this year with the prestigious “Service Above Self” award. Captain Graff is the only two time winner of this award.