Major Dermot A. Horgan was born in Bronx, New York and moved with his family to Miami at an early age. He is the oldest of four siblings and has lived most of his life in South Florida. He graduated from Monsignor Edward Pace High School in 1984 and Florida International University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Major Horgan has over 23 years of progressive law enforcement experience. Nineteen years with the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, and 4 years serving in the United States Air Force, 1608 Security Police / Law Enforcement Squadron.

Throughout his career, Major Horgan has worked through the ranks of Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. He has been assigned to a number of key positions within the agency, and served as a School Resource Officer, Field Training Coordinator, assigned to the Administrative Division, General Investigative Unit, and finally Operations.

Major Horgan has received numerous commendations, recognitions, and awards, most notably two (2) Life Saving Medals, (2) Officer of the Month Awards.

Prior to joining the profession of law enforcement, he served honorably as a Sergeant with the United States Air Force assigned to the 1608 Security Police / Law Enforcement Squadron and is a proud veteran, who was the recipient of several awards and decorations to include two (2) United States Air Force Achievement Awards. He was stationed at Kirkland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico and served on several deployments in the Middle East and South America.

He prides himself on pursuing collaboration among agencies, to better serve the needs of the residents, business, and visitors of this wonderful community. He has a strong grassroots belief in what the function of the police was intended to be, and how that mission should be carried out.

Major Horgan is most proud of his officers from the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department as they come every day to work protecting over 350,000 students from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He is also an active member of the Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement (NASSLEO).