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About the Department

St. Petersburg is the fifth largest city in Florida with a population of about 250,000. Our beautiful and modern city is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Our residents and visitors enjoy beautiful weather for many activities. These interests range from higher education and culture, to sporting events.

The St. Petersburg Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). We also earned the title of "meritorious" agency because we have kept our accreditation for 30 years.

In 2015, our agency participated in the voluntary Gold Standard Assessment. The Gold Standard Assessment takes a deeper look into our agency’s practices. We were the first agency in West Central Florida to undergo such an assessment. In July, CALEA presented us with its award of Advance Accreditation and Accreditation with Excellence.

Our Department is also one of 153 Florida law enforcement agencies accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

These achievements show our Department’s commitment to excellence and high standards in policing.

Our Department is dedicated to a Community Policing philosophy. This requires a high level of trust and partnership with the community. It also allows us to identify and resolve quality-of-life issues in our city. The Department has three tenets: Loyalty, Integrity, and Honor. We uphold these values in our interactions with all citizens.

The St. Petersburg Police Department has 562 sworn officers and 212 civilians. All our employees are eager to serve you. I hope you find our web site informative and helpful.

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