Bartow PD Organizational Structure
The Bartow Police Department has evolved over the years from a one man, 15-hour-a-day department to a staff of 41 sworn and 26 non-sworn personnel who provide Law Enforcement services to the citizens of Bartow.
All felony cases are evaluated for solvability by the Detective Division Supervisor. If a case has a good chance of solvability, the case is assigned to a detective. Case solvability is determined by the existence of investigational leads. These leads must indicate the potential for successful arrest and conviction. Since police resources are limited, it is not effective or practical to devote investigational resources to cases with little chance of a successful resolution.
DETECTIVE ERIC SHEROUSE
Detective Eric Sherouse is currently assigned to the Detective Division as Detective In Charge. Det. Sherouse, a 16 year veteran with the Bartow Police Department, is a Child Crimes investigator, and has over 12 years of investigations experience. He has served in the Detective Bureau as a General Crimes Investigator and Narcotics Investigator, prior to being assigned to Child Abuse in 2007.
Detective Sherouse received his police standards from Polk Community College in 1997. Since that time, he has received over 400 hours in advance training; primarily from the Institute of Police Training and Management, focusing on Criminal Investigations. Detective Sherouse holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Saint Leo University.
Bartow PD Patrol Division
The officers assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division provide 24 hour a day coverage to protect the life and property of the citizens and visitors of Bartow. The Uniform Patrol Division acts as a first responder to calls for immediate police service providing a timely response to reported crimes in progress. The Patrol Unit consists of four squads, each squad is supervised by a Sergeant.
SERGEANT WILLIAM REALL
Sgt. William Reall began his employment with Bartow Police Department in 1990, working in the Patrol Division. Sgt. Reall, who received specialized training in Tactical Response and Building Entry, commanded Crime Suppression Unit and Building and Entry Team for several years.
In addition to the above training, Sgt. Reall has completed courses in FBI Assault Rifle, Homicide and Death Investigation, Managing Informants, Tactical Driving and various law enforcement training relating to his position.
SERGEANT PAUL O'DELL
Sgt. O'Dell began his employment at Bartow Police Department in 1994. Prior to full-time employment, Sgt. O"Dell was a member of the Volunteer Reserve Unit from 1986 to1993.
Sgt. O'Dell was assigned to the Patrol Division from 1994 to 1996. He was promoted to the K-9 Unit in 1996 where he worked with K-9 partner Turbo for several years. In 2003 Turbo went into retirement and Sgt. O'Dell was promoted to Sergeant.
SERGEANT GERAD HUNT
Sgt. Hunt started with Bartow Police Department in 1991 after volunteering in the Bartow Reserve Unit from 1988-1991. Sgt. Hunt played a major role in developing the K-9 Unit and served as a K-9 Handler from 1994-2002 with K-9 Nero. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000. Sgt. Hunt has been an instructor at Kenneth Thompson Institute of Public Safety Academy with Polk State College from 1994-present.
SERGEANT J.D. GOFF
Sgt. Goff began his career at Bartow Police Department in 1995. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course in Louisville, KY (2007). He holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University and in 2014 received his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. In addition, he attended FDLE Florida Leadership Academy and Institute of Police Technology Management's (IPTM) Managing the Patrol Function Course.
Sgt. Goff has served as Entry Team Commander and Field Training Officer Coordinator.
For more information on Patrol Unit, go to: BPD Patrol Division
School Resource Officers
There are two (2) full-time officers and one (1) sergeant assigned to the schools in Bartow.
SERGEANT HIRAM SANDERS
Sgt. Saunders has been employed with Bartow Police Department since 1988.
Bartow PD Communications
The Telecommunications section of the Bartow Police Department falls under the auspices of the Support Services Division. In 2013, a major renovation of the telecommunications area was completed. The new space includes state of the art equipment
Staffed by nine (9) full-time and two (2) part-time dispatchers. This section is responsible for radio communications as well as all NCIC and FCIC communications activity.
To read more on Telecommunications and dialing 9-1-1, go to: Dispatching 9-1-1
The Records Section is responsible for processing, maintaining and disseminating department records according to the state and local laws. Retention Maintenance and Destruction are governed by F.S.S. 119 and 257 and the General Records Schedule for Law Enforcement Agencies. This section is responsible for forwarding all documentation to the State Attorney's Office and/or Clerk's Office on all Arrest, Complaint Affidavits, and Citations.
The Records section includes two (2) clerks and one supervisor. In April 2012 the department implemented a new reporting system. The system will enable reports to be more quickly processed increase overall efficiency. The lobby is staffed and open to the public Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. After hours and during holidays or weekends, the lobby doors are locked for security purposes, however, the telecommunications operators that are working will allow citizens entry through a door bell system.
CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONS UNIT
The Crime Scene unit of the Bartow Police Department processes crime scenes for latent finger and palm prints, shoe prints, blood stains, bullets, and any other evidence that may be useful in a criminal prosecution. The Crime Scene unit photographs and sketches crime scenes. Different powders and chemicals are used to obtain the latent crime scene prints. A digital camera, and video camera are used to record the scene and evidence. The Crime Scene unit uses a digital camera to record most scenes and the pictures can be printed in a matter of minutes on a computer or a digital photo printer. The Crime scene unit videotapes training classes, photographs city property that is damaged for city risk management, and fingerprints the public when they need it for employment.
To learn more about the CSI Unit, go to: CSI Bartow
BARTOW POLICE K-9 Unit
The Bartow Police Department K-9 Unit has three (3) teams, each team consisting of a police officer and a canine. The K-9 teams are assigned to the Patrol Division. These teams assist the Patrol Division with searching buildings, searching for lost or missing persons, evidence recovery, narcotic searches, and crowd control. In addition, K-9 teams are utilized as backup officers for officer safety.
All K-9 teams are available to perform public K-9 demonstrations for the citizens of Bartow. The Community Services Division handles the scheduling of the demonstrations upon request from the public. Demonstrations are provided to schools, day-care centers, civic groups, community events, holiday events, business promotions and churches. The K-9 teams average 25 to 35 demonstrations per year for the community.
For more info go to: K-9 Unit
Community Services Team
The Community Services Team is lead by Corporal Bryan Dorman and includes Officers Eric Sudhoff, Randy "Tag" Tagliarini, Michael Dion and Crime Prevention Practitioner Lyn Bryan. The Team is responsible for providing the citizens of Bartow with programs designed to enhance the quality of life as well as provide valuable services to the citizens of Bartow.
The concept involves utilizing a multi-agency approach to problem solving by partnering with other agencies such as Code Enforcement, Fire Department, and State Attorney's Office, Bartow Chamber of Commerce, as well as working with community groups to identify neighborhood and chronic crime or nuisance issues.
For more information go to: COMMUNITY SERVICES TEAM
Community Service Programs Include:
FALSE ALARM ORDINANCE
The City of Bartow adopted a False Alarm Ordinance #1854-A, effective June 21, 1999. If you are an ALARM USER within the City Limits of Bartow, you are required to register your fire/smoke, robbery, burglary, medical, water flow, panic alarm and/or any audible system. All new alarm systems are required to be registered within 30 days of active service, with the Bartow Police Department.
Once you have registered your alarm, you will NOT be charged for the first two (2) incidents, although there will be a charge for three (3) or more incidents.
For more information on the False Alarm Ordinance or to register your alarm system, go to: Ordinances
Alarm Registration Form