Associate Special Agent in Charge (A/SAC) La Verne J. Hibbert is 24-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who was promoted to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in November 2020. Ms. Hibbert is responsible for overseeing all enforcement, regulatory, intelligence and administrative functions for the Miami Division which encompasses 14 offices in the state of Florida. Ms. Hibbert previously served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Philadelphia Division Office. Ms. Hibbert directed High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) enforcement groups, a Tactical Diversion Squad, along with managing the Technical Operations Group and the Administrative and Fiscal Unit. Ms. Hibbert also served as a Group Supervisor at the Dover Delaware Post of Duty where she directly supervised enforcement operations in Central and Southern Delaware.
Ms. Hibbert previously held leadership positions at DEA Headquarters as Deputy Chief of the Special Agent Recruitment and Hiring Section where she directed recruitment and hiring efforts nationwide and was responsible for hiring over 500 Special Agents. She also served as a Board Member on the Board of Professional Conduct where she reviewed case files from the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and proposed discipline recommendations. Ms. Hibbert’s first supervisory promotion in 2006 was at the Office of Investigative Technology where she supervised the work of Polygraph Examiners worldwide. Among Ms. Hibbert’s accomplishments was the digitization of the program and instituting a mentoring program for all new polygraph examiners. Ms. Hibbert previously graduated from the National Center for Credibility Assessment (NCCA), formerly DoDPI, as DEA’s first African American female Polygraph Examiner. Ms. Hibbert was assigned to the Washington Division Office where she conducted suitability, counterintelligence, and criminal polygraph examinations.
Ms. Hibbert began her career with the DEA in March 1997 at the Long Island, New York District Office. Ms. Hibbert later transferred to the New Haven, Connecticut District Office where she was assigned to an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force targeting Drug Trafficking Organizations in the New England region.
Associate Special Agent in Charge Hibbert is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and serves as a Federal Advisor of the NOBLE Delaware Chapter. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Narcotics Agents (NABNA) and serves as the Washington Metro-Chapter President. Ms. Hibbert dedicates her time mentoring students and professionals as well as participating in community outreach events. Ms. Hibbert earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Professional Studies from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).