Captain Carlos Fernández was born in Hialeah, Florida. He is a product of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, graduating from Hialeah Senior High School in 1988. Captain Fernández has 19 years of police experience and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida International University in Public Relations, and an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education from Miami-Dade College. He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course.

Captain Fernández began his career with the Department in 1996 in Central Operations as a School Resource Officer at Shenandoah Middle School. In 1999, he was appointed to Detective and worked out of the General Investigations Unit. Later that same year, he was named the Department’s first full-time Police Information Officer where he fostered a better understanding and relationship between the media and the Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and was assigned to GIU as the Administrative Sergeant and later the North Squad Sergeant.

In 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant where he served at Central and South Operations. In 2010, Captain Fernández was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to North Operations. In 2013, he was transferred to his present position in the Administrative Division, where his responsibilities include Recruitment and Selection, Training, Accreditation, and Grants.