St. Petersburg Police Department

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St. Petersburg Police Department
Abbreviation SPPD
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St. Petersburg Police Patch
Agency overview
Formed 1903
Employees 757
Volunteers 62
Annual budget $86.9 million (2010 FY)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County of Pinellas County in the state of Florida, United States
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Map of St. Petersburg Police Department's Jurisdiction.
Size 64 sq mi (170 km2)
Population 250,000 citizens
Legal jurisdiction St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Governing body City of St. Petersburg
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 1300 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Police Officers 545
Unsworn members 212
Agency executives
  • Anthony Holloway,
    Chief of Police
  • Luke Williams, Assistant Chief, Uniform Services Bureau
  • David H. Dekay, Assistant Chief, Investigative Services Bureau
  • Melanie Bevan, Assistant Chief, Administrative Services Bureau
Districts 3
Patrol Boats 2
* 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[edit]

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"[citation needed] with them.

2011 Murder[edit]

In early 2011, Nicholas Lindsey —a then-teenager— murdered veteran officer David Crawford.[citation needed]

Police Violence[edit]

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.[1]

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[2] and aired by Fox 13 Tampa.[3]


  1. ^ "St. Pete cop fired for excessive use of force". WTSP. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Video of confrontation with St. Petersburg Police officer goes viral". Fox 13. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 

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