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This report summarizes the results of the St. Petersburg Police Department’s 2015-2016 Neighborhood Police Survey regarding the following topics:
A list of twenty-three survey questions were complied to address the topics mentioned above as well as citizen concerns regarding victimization, overall level of crime in their neighborhoods, specific crime problems, police presence, and type of interaction/means of contact with police
St. Petersburg residents and workers can pick-up a free gun lock at the police department’s Crime Prevention Unit or by calling 893-7128. Anyone who lives or works in the City of St. Petersburg is eligible to receive a free gun lock.
Chief Holloway says that many guns stolen out of cars end up in the wrong hands on the street. In 2015, of a total of 293 guns reported stolen, 155 were taken from vehicles. He reminded gun owners to remove their weapons from their vehicles and lock their vehicle doors.
Free auto theft prevention devices (clubs) are also available through the police dept.
St. Pete Police begin using Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
The Police Department’s Community Service Officers will be assigned to specific Nextdoor neighborhoods and will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch. Residents will be able to send messages directly to that officer.
“From the perspective of a community based policing model, this alliance is a natural extension of our Park, Walk and Talk program and will allow us to connect online more effectively with our neighborhoods,” said Anthony Holloway, Chief of Police.
More than 95 neighborhoods, representing over 70 percent of the neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, have started Nextdoor websites.
Nextdoor is the free and private social network for neighborhoods. On Nextdoor, neighbors create websites for their neighborhoods where they can ask questions, get to know one another, exchange local advice and recommendations and share important safety information.
Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to do the following:
To join your private neighborhood social network, please visit www.nextdoor.com to get started.
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 over 1,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). We are identified as a Meritorious agency, as we have been accredited for 30 years.
In 2015, our agency participated in the voluntary Gold Standard Assessment. We were the first agency in West Central Florida to undergo such an assessment. The Gold Standard Assessment provides for a more in-depth review of our agency’s practices as it goes beyond simple compliance. In July our efforts were rewarded when CALEA conferred upon us the award of Advance Accreditation and Accreditation with Excellence.
Our agency is also one of 153 Florida law enforcement agencies accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). In October of 2015 we were reaccredited by 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 Loyalty, Integrity, and Honor in our interactions with all citizens.
The St. Petersburg Police Department has an authorized strength of 562 sworn officers and 212 civilian support staff, and each of our employees is eager to serve you.
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