Hegarty led a hot spots policing research project that was recognized with the 2013 IACP/Sprint Bronze Award for Excellence in Policing Research, and he is a 2014 inductee of the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame at George Mason University’s Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy. He has published works in The Police Chief magazine, Translational Criminology, and in the National Academy Associate magazine. He has also been a conference speaker for the IACP, the Southern Police Institute, and the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy.
Hegarty earned his MBA from Benedictine College where received the Lawrence E. Hart Eagle Award for Academic Excellence. He has a BA from Washburn University and held a European Management Residency in Entrepreneurship and Business, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and was honored with the FBI National Academy Associates Excellence in Writing Award.
Hegarty is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Kansas Peace Officers Association, and the Police Society for Problem Based Learning.