St. Petersburg Police Department
|St. Petersburg Police Department|
|St. Petersburg Police Patch|
|Annual budget||$86.9 million (2010 FY)|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||County of Pinellas County in the state of Florida, United States|
|Map of St. Petersburg Police Department's Jurisdiction.|
|Size||64 sq mi (170 km2)|
|Legal jurisdiction||St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.|
|Governing body||City of St. Petersburg|
|Headquarters||1300 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The St Petersburg Police Department provides crime prevention and public safety services for the city of St Petersburg, Florida. The St. Petersburg Police Department has an authorized strength of 545 sworn officers and 212 civilian support staff.
District System & Crime Prevention Officers
The St Petersburg Police Department has divided the city into three districts: District One (south of the city), Two (north of the city), and Three (west of the city). A "crime prevention officer" is deployed to each district to act in a proactive approach to crime prevention, evaluating needs in their district's communities and functioning as the district liaison for the department's Crime Watch (Neighborhood Watch) Program. In October 2014, a new policy requiring each officer to engage residents was instituted, aimed at "building relationships" with them.
In August 8, 2014, then-officer Kenneth Pienik was fired following a six-month internal investigation into his use of excessive force against Mr. Stephen Woodworth in North Shore Pool parking lot in downtown St. Petersburg, the footage of which was tracked down and aired by the news division of WTSP.
In Dec 26th 2013, an unnamed officer allegedly assaulted Mr. Curtis Shannon. The footage of the event, which is not yet investigated, was posted online in Auguist 2014, published by PINAC and aired by Fox 13 Tampa.
- "St. Pete cop fired for excessive use of force". WTSP. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- "Florida Man Records Himself Getting Attacked by Cop for not Rolling Down Window all the way". PINAC - Photography is not a crime. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- "Video of confrontation with St. Petersburg Police officer goes viral". Fox 13. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- Official St Petersburg, FL Police Department web site
- List of calls for service to the Saint Petersburg, FL Police Department