Captain Darin Hood has been a member of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office since 1999. His previous positions include patrol deputy, field training deputy, school resource deputy, detective, patrol sergeant, accreditation sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Unit, lieutenant in Internal Affairs, Lieutenant/Watch Commander in patrol, and most recently promoted to Captain of the Specialized Services Division.
Captain Hood earned an Associate of Arts degree from South Florida Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, majoring in Criminology. He received his law enforcement certification from Santa Fe College, Gainesville.
Captain Hood is a Certified Public Manager, earning this certification in August 2012 through the Florida Center for Public Management, Florida State University.
The Specialized Services Division is comprised of several different areas of professional services within the Law Enforcement Bureau. Currently these specific areas of responsibility are coordinated by the Division Captain, and are separated into five individual units including the following: Training, Accreditation, Court Related Services (Courthouse Operations), Judicial Process (Civil process), Warrants and the Property and Evidence Unit.