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The Community Services Team / Crime Prevention

The Bartow Police Department would much rather prevent crimes from occurring than react to them after the fact. A primary vehicle for accomplishing this goal is the Department’s comprehensive Community Services Team (CST) and Crime Prevention Unit.

Crime Prevention Programs are based upon the dual concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible, and encouraging and training citizens to be responsible for their own security and the security of their friends and neighbors.

Part of the responsibilities of a Crime Prevention Practitioner is to offer and present various topics to educate the public on the latest crime trends and most current crime preventative methods. The Community Services Team is available to speak to your group or organization at a time and location of your choosing. Topics that may be presented include, but are not limited to:

• Alcohol and Drug Awareness
Cyber Crime Awareness
• Theft prevention
• Personal safety, and Dating/Domestic violence
• Sexual Assault Awareness
• Active Shooter 
• Workplace ViolenceGroup Officers 4th of July


If you are interested in having a representative from Bartow Police Department present to your group or organization, please contact the Community Services Coordinator at 863-534-5034.

In addition to speaking engagements, the Community Services Team will attend public safety events such as health fairs, bike rodeos, grand openings etc.  C.S.T. members will set up a table and tent and offer appropriate promotional and crime prevention materials to attendees.

Neighborhood Crime Watch

Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. Neighborhood Watch also helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address other community concerns such as recreation for youth, child care, and affordable housing.

To learn how to start a Neighborhood Crime Watch Group in your area, call the CST Coordinator at 863-534-5034.

Tours of the Police Department

The Bartow Police Department invites groups from the community the opportunity to tour the Bartow Police Department facilities. Each year hundreds of citizens and children take a tour of the department. To schedule a tour, call the Community Services Coordinator at 863-534-5034

K-9 Demonstrations

The Bartow Police Department K-9 Unit enjoys a partnership with the community and receive numerous requests every year for K-9 demonstrations. Few events promote the Bartow Police Department’s K-9 Unit better than public demonstrations. Citizens from civic and private organizations, as well as school and children’s groups enjoy watching the dog and his handler do their job.

Because much of their police work is done without fanfare and headlines, a well-prepared and performed demonstration provides the officers and their K-9 partners the ability to showcase the K-9 Unit. A presentation to one person or thousands will influence the success of the program.

Monthly Chief's Chat

On the first Tuesday of each month, at 7:30 AM,  the Bartow Police Department Chief of Police hosts a “Chief’s Chat” at a local restaurant. During these informal meetings, residents and business owners are encouraged to bring any relevant topic or issue to the table and discuss it over a cup of coffee.

Please check our Facebook page for updates on times and dates.

C.A.T. Combat Auto Theft Program

CAT (Combat Auto Theft) is a voluntary program whereby the motor vehicle owner agrees to allow  law enforcement to stop and/or detain their vehicle and occupants during the hours of 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM . The purpose of the CAT Program is to deter vehicle thefts and determine whether or not the vehicle is stolen.

The program also provides security for our aging population who may be suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Many times they become confused during the early morning hours and begin to travel in their vehicle.

C.A.T. Brochure & Registration Form


Last updated: 9/14/2020 3:36:26 PM