Meet the Chief! Parkland Welcomes Captain Michele McCardle

Michele McCardle was promoted to Captain and became Parkland’s top law enforcement office in September. She brought with her 20 years of experience and a calm professional disposition following the ouster of former District Chief Craig Calavetta. Prior to leading the Parkland District, she was the Executive Officer at the Weston BSO District. 

McCardle will tap her diverse experience to help lead Parkland’s local law enforcement organization. She began her career with the BSO in 2001 as a Child Protective Investigator. During that time she investigated allegations of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. After fulfilling that role for two years, she went on to the Broward Police Academy and, upon graduating, served as a road deputy in Tamarac. 

Detective McCardle

Captain McCardle was quickly promoted to Detective. During this time she investigated a number of crimes including economic crimes to defraud, identity theft, burglaries and auto thefts. After serving in this role for several years, Michele was transferred to the Sex Crimes/Missing Persons Unit, where she worked tirelessly on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
She also served in the Violent Crimes Unit as well as the Special Victims Unit. 

While she was a detective, Lieutenant McCardle was known
for her compassion, analytical detail and broad knowledge. These are traits that she would never lose as she continued to move up
the ranks.

Transfer to Weston

Lieutenant McCardle first served in the Weston District in November, 2019, as a Sergeant, over the Weston Crime Prevention Unit where she supervised 15 and coordinated a wide range of events including the Winter Safety Expo, BSO Senior Seminar, Weston University Law Enforcement Day, BSO Shred-A-Thon, Birthday Brigades and Helping Hand Campaign, while formalizing
a training program for the newly hired community service aides.

McCardle is married with two active children. She enjoys spending time with her family, coaching her kids’ sporting teams and living an active lifestyle.