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The Uniformed Patrol Division provides 24 hour a day coverage to protect the life and property of the citizens and visitors in Bartow. The Uniform Patrol Division acts as a first responder to calls for immediate police service.

The Patrol Unit consists of four squads, each squad is supervised by a Sergeant. Officers patrol six beats within the city.

There are four (4) K-9 Units assigned to the Patrol Section. 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.
You have likely seen the officers and their partners at high school sporting and large crowd events in the city to assist with crowd control
The K-9 Units enjoy presenting demonstrations to public groups upon request and availability. To inquire if a K-9 Unit is available to attend an event you are planning, call the C.S.T. Coordinator at 863-534-5034.

The Detective Section is responsible for follow-up on all felony crimes and narcotic investigations. The Section includes six (6) Detectives and one Sergeant. This section also includes the Crime Scene/Evidence Section as well.

The Crime Scene Unit is a support unit under the Criminal Investigation Section. This is a civilian unit that consists of two crime scene technicians. The Crime Scene Unit is responsible for several crucial tasks at the Bartow Police Department.

The Communications Center provides dispatch services for the Bartow Police and Bartow Fire and Bartow Electric Departments. The highly trained Emergency Communications Specialists are certified by the State of Florida and receive ongoing training throughout the year to maintain their certification
The City of Bartow is one of only two cities within Polk County that has been fortunate enough to maintain it's own Telecommunications Communications Center within the Police Department.


The Bartow Police Department utilizes a centralized records management section whose responsibilities are to maintain hard copies of all reports and to enter computer data into the Police Department’s records management computer system.


If you are looking for a rewarding and meaningful career, then the Bartow Police Department is the place for you.

There is an urgent need for police officers who are committed to public service, professionalism, and working with the community to make the City of Bartow a great place to live and work. For more information about becoming a Bartow Police Officer, go to Employment & Recruiting.


The men and women of the Bartow Police Department take this community to heart. The Community Services Team (CST) is composed of one sergeant, two police officers and a civilian Crime Prevention Practitioner/Crime Analyst.
The Police Department offers a variety of community programs and volunteer opportunities that are geared towards education for citizens of all ages.

Programs and services are free and we encourage citizens to inquire and become involved.

An accreditation is a voluntary process agencies go through by inviting an Independent accreditation organization to review policies and practices, of the agency. The organization determine whether an agency is following both state and national standards, and review the agency’s best practices.
Volunteers are greatly appreciated and serve the Bartow Police Department in various ways. There are positions working in the Records Section available during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00, or you may want to join the Citizens on Patrol (COP) Program and patrol the city in a COP marked unit.  In addition, there is a Reserve Officer Program for certified police officers and an Explorer Program for teens.
For more information contact the Community Services Coordinator at 863-534-5037 or email Lyn Bryan.
Go to Volunteer Programs to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and to download an application.
To learn more about City of Bartow Ordinances, go to: Charter and Code of Ordinances

Last updated: 1/27/2021 11:10:55 AM