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Citizens Volunteer Unit

The Citizen Volunteer Unit is a vital part of the Winter Haven Police Department. Volunteers serve in many areas of the agency, including administrative, neighborhood patrol, trail patrol, assisting detectives, just to name a few. Your skills may be just what the agency needs while allowing you to use your talents in a unique capacity in law enforcement.
Parks/Trail Patrol (utilize golf cart, Segway, bike or walk)
•Patrols parks throughout the City of Winter Haven
•Serves as eyes and ears of Winter Haven Police within the Parks
•Attend unit meeting once a quarter

Bike Patrol (utilized in city parks and/or downtown areas)
•Must already be able to ride a 2 wheel bicycle
•Ride bike with cell phone and department-issued radio

Parking Enforcement
•Attend mandatory training
•Patrol downtown areas for parking infractions
•Mark vehicles in limited time spaces
•Capable of attending traffic court

Special Events
•Enjoys communicating with people
•Available for weekend events
•Set up table displays
•Child fingerprinting

Neighborhood Patrol
•Patrol throughout designated neighborhoods within the City of Winter Haven
•Assist motorist in distress
•Assist Winter Haven Police officers with traffic crashes
•Conduct directed patrols in identified crime areas

Investigative Bureau Volunteers
•Victim /witness follow-up phone calls
•Assist with Court Liaison duties
•Listen to recorded jail phone calls for detectives
•Typing transcripts, filing and answering phones for detectives out of office

Administrative Volunteers
•Placed throughout the agency in almost every department to assist with clerical duties.
•Answer phones and citizen care in front lobby
•Fingerprinting in front lobby
•Assist in updating website
 Online Services
\ Crime Reports
Crime Reports allows residents to stay informed about crime in your neighborhood. This is a great community awareness tool to target a specific location and timeframe. Log on HERE to be more informed.
Sexual Predators
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement opens this resource to users in order to enter any address in Florida and search the Florida Sexual Offender/Predator Registry. A map is also available. Log on HERE to start the search.
Purchase Accident Reports
If you need to obtain an accident report that occurred in the City of Winter Haven, you can obtain one from the convenience of your home. Click HERE to begin a search for the report. (Please note there may be a fee associated with this service)
Inmate Search
All arrestees in Polk County are taken to the Polk County Jail and booked into that facility. Click HERE to access the Polk County Sheriff's site for inmate information.

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We are pleased to present our first multi-year Strategic Plan. This document will guide our efforts as we strive to ensure the safety of our community and enhance the leadership and management of the Department...
• Strategic Plan


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