Chief of Police Mike Cochran began his law enforcement career in South Carolina in 1991 before moving to a South Florida agency, where he retired from in 2011 as an assistant chief of police.
Prior to being selected as Hanahan’s Police Chief, Chief Cochran served in a wide range of operational and support capacities throughout his career in South Florida.
During his career, he has served in various leadership roles in both local and statewide boards in order to further the professional community. Chief Cochran served as an executive board member of the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition (FLA-PAC) and as an Accreditation Team Leader for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).
Chief Cochran earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1990, a Master of Public Administration in 2002 and a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) in Human Resource Development. Chief Cochran is a graduate of the 105th Session of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky and the 40th Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) held by PERF at Boston University and the 43rd Session of the Chief Executive Seminar held by the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, the 246th Session. He is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the International Association of Chiefs of Police among other professional groups.
His spare time activities include his family, fitness and working with computers. Chief Cochran lives with his family in Hanahan.