Division is responsible for enforcing the traffic laws of
the state and investigating vehicle crashes that occur
within the city limits. This unit is comprised of five
highly trained officers who specialize in vehicle, boat and
aircraft crash investigations. The officers of the Traffic
Unit continually strive to make the roadways safer by
conducting selective enforcement programs. A newly-formed
unit is the D.U.I. Squad.
Motor officers are re-certified annually after initially
taking an 80-hour course. Many times are called on to
testify as expert witnesses in the judicial system.
Additionally, they are required to operate specialized
equipment such as the intoxilyzer and traffic radar
monitoring equipment. Public relations and appearances are
commonplace with the Traffic Division, as they make
appearances at schools and other functions throughout the
year. The Traffic Division members can routinely be seen
directing traffic at major league spring training ball
games, escorting marathons and walkathons throughout the
city during the year or assisting with funeral escorts.
The Marine Unit is a proactive water patrol team that
focuses on boater education as well as boating enforcement.
The Winter Haven Police Department utilizes a seventeen-foot
Boston Whaler boat with a 150-horsepower engine to patrol
the lakes within the city. The officers assigned to the unit
patrol the waters on a part-time basis, usually weekends and
holidays. These officers also monitor vessel traffic for
safety violations, render aid to stranded boaters, issue
citations for violations and work surveillance during the
hours of darkness to prevent thefts on the lakes.
Community Service Officers
The Community Service Officer program is designed to utilize
specially trained civilian personnel to perform a variety of
functions and services to the community. They handle routine
non-emergency calls that do not require the presence of a
sworn officer. They handle many traffic crashes that do not
involve serious injury or a criminal traffic violation,
enforce parking regulations downtown and perform equipment
checks and V.I.N. verifications. Community Service Officers
permit sworn officers to concentrate on crime reduction,
traffic enforcement and more serious matters.