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Dr. Harry L. Hobbs  
Communications Relations Officer


Dr. Harry L. Hobbs began his HPD Career on September 7, 2010

Career Assignments:
U.S. Army Soldier / Chief Warrant Officer 5 - 1978-2007
Adjunct Professor at Florida Institute of Technology - 2002 - Present
Professor of Military Science JROTC Columbia High School - 2007-2010
Police Communications Relations Officer - 2010 - present

Civilian Education:
Doctorate Degree in Human Resources Management from Pacific Western University, Honolulu, Hawaii
Master of Science degree in Human Services, Murray State University, Kentucky
Bachelor of Science degree in Resources Management, Troy State at Dothan, Alabama
Associate of Science degree in Missile and Munitions Technology, John C. Calhoun State College, Decatur Alabama.

Law Enforcement Training:
Juvenile Homicide & Juvenile Mass Murder - February 2012
Specialized Instructor for Media Relations - December 2011
Countering Violent Extremism Through Community Partnerships - April 2011

Advanced News Media Training - January 2011
Understanding & Planning for School Bomb Incidents Awareness - February 2011
FBI Media Relations Training - September 2010
Public Safety Media Relations Training - November 2012


His Officer military education includes the following courses: Warrant Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer Basic Course, Warrant Officer Advanced Course (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Warrant Officer Staff Course,  Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course, Airborne School, Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, Systems Approach to Training Course, Air Assault School, Military Operations on Urban Terrain School, Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion School (He was the first Missile Systems Warrant Officer in the Army to be a Level C instructor), Logistics Management Course, Master Fitness, Supply Officer course, Equal Opportunity School, Nuclear Biological Chemical School, Security Manager's Course, Total Quality Management, Safety Course, Combat Life Saver's Course, Supervisory Development Course, Pre Command Course (He was the first Warrant Officer AIT Commander in the Army to attend this Course), Cadre Training Course, Senior Training Managers Course, Force Management Course and Organizational Leadership for Executives.  He is a Master Instructor and has taught at every level of the Warrant Officer Education system/Academies: Warrant Officer Entry Course, Warrant Officer Basic Course, Warrant Officer Advanced Course, Warrant Officer Staff Course and the Warrant Officer Senior Staff course. He was the only Missile Systems Warrant Officer in the history of the Army that has ever taught at every level of the Warrant Officer Education System, was a Level C SERE Instructor, was an Active Duty Detachment Commander, earned a PhD and was selected for an early promotion below the Zone to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five at the time of his retirement.  He was inducted into the Prestigious Sergeant Morales Leadership Club and the Audie Murphy Leadership Club during his enlisted career.   He was inducted into the V Corps Distinguished Leader Club during his career as an Officer.  He was awarded the Bronze Star while performing combat operations during Gulf War  (Desert Storm).  During his retirement ceremony he was awarded the Legion of  Merit Award for his values based philosophy and ability to train and mentor generations of Soldiers into outstanding military leaders.

  • Responsible for all primary external communications with the media and the community for HPD

  • Markets the mission, vision, core values of the Huntsville Police Department to the community

  • Implements Crime Awareness Campaigns

  • Director of the annual CAFY event that informs the youth of Huntsville on the 4 pillars of success (health, physical fitness, careers and education)

  • ALS and United Way Coordinator

  • Community Guest Speaker at special events

  • Instructs Military Leadership courses for civilians at Team Redstone (LIFT)

  • Instructs Civilian Leadership courses for Leadership Huntsville

  • Instructs Courses (cultural diversity, conflict resolution,  fitness/nutrition, ethics & leadership and stress management) at the Huntsville Police Academy

Civilian and Military Awards and Achievements:
He was awarded the African American Academic Achievement Award with Honors - Murray State University 1997 (GPA 4.00), Omicron Delta Kappa Society Murray State University 1997 and Pacific Western University Doctorate Honors Graduate 1998 (GPA 4.00).

He is also a lifetime member of the Sergeant Morales Club, the V Corps Distinguished Leader Club, the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharp, the Order of Saint Barbara, the Audie Murphy Club and is a Eagle Scout class of 1977.

His Military Awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal-05, Army Commendation Medal-10, Army Achievement Medal-08, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

He was chosen as Mr. Man Premiere 2009(sponsored by Sam Brown Productions) for the areas of North Alabama based on his individual community service and his JROTC Program’s community involvement as well as being a role model/mentor for young people in the Tennessee Valley area. 

Dr. Hobbs was selected as the Mentor of the Year 2011 for the City of Huntsville by the 100 Black Men of Greater Huntsville Chapter.  He was selected based on his work with youth from all walks of life and his commitment to the success of all youth he interacts with on a daily basis.

Dr. Hobbs was recently selected as the Veteran of the Year 2012 for the City of Madison by the Madison City Rotary Club.  He was selected based on his community involvement with Military Active Duty and Veterans Organizations from all Military Services.

Was recognized by Congressman Mo Brooks for being selected as the Madison City Outstanding Veteran 2012 for his service to veterans and the community.

Was selected as the inaugural "Man of Distinction Award 2012.....Honoring the Distinguished Gentleman", sponsored by Fashion Week Alabama committee.  The objective of this award is to recognize the contributions of outstanding men in our community who have distinguished themselves with excellence in character, excellence in community achievement, a distinguished appearance, and who represent a symbol of honor or rank in business, church or community.

In November 2013 he was inducted into the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame becoming the first Land Combat Missile Systems Warrant Officer in the history of the Army to be inducted into the Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame.  In December 2013 he was inducted into the Warrant Officer Eagle Rising Society, which recognizes the lifetime achievements of a Warrant Officer.  In January 2014 he was awarded the 2014 Unity Award during Huntsville's 29th Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast sponsored by the Delta Theta Lambda chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.  He was honored for his Community Awareness For Youth program.

In March 2014 Dr. Hobbs was awarded the 2014 recipient of the Whitney M. Young, Jr Community Service Award, established by the Boy Scouts of America.  The award is to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to rural and low-income urban youth within the Greater Alabama Council area.




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