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St. Petersburg is the fifth largest city in Florida with a population of nearly 250,000. Our beautiful and modern city is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, providing residents and visitors with an outstanding year-round climate for many educational, cultural and leisure activities.
The St. Petersburg Police Department is one of 745 law enforcement agencies in the United States accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
In 2009, CALEA conferred upon us the highest honor of a “Flagship” police agency, one of only a few departments in the nation to receive this elite designation. In 2012 the department was once again re-accreditated by CALEA.
Our agency is also one of 130 Florida law enforcement agencies accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).
These achievements reflect our Department’s commitment to excellence and our determination to adhere to the highest standards of policing.
Our Department is dedicated to a Community Policing philosophy, predicated on a high level of trust and partnership with the community, to mutually identify and resolve quality-of-life issues in our city. This policing philosophy incorporates the Department’s three tenets of Respect, Accountability and Integrity in our interactions with all citizens.
The St. Petersburg Police Department has an authorized strength of 550 sworn officers and 212 civilian support staff, and each of our employees is eager to serve you.
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Join us at a Monday night meeting in our Training Division, 1301 1st Avenue North (on second floor) from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. At that meeting, you will receive an Explorer application.
Exploring gives you the chance to work directly with police officers, go on ride-alongs, receive police training, meet new friends, and feel good about helping out in your community. The program is part of the Boy Scouts of America - Learning for Life and sponsored by the St. Petersburg Police Department. Click here to learn more about our Explorers