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The Crime Prevention Unit works to educate the public on matters of Crime Prevention and Safety through the media, public speaking engagements, website and direct communications with neighborhood associations, schools, businesses and residential communities.


News You Can Use


The public needs to be very careful when considering shopping online for a vehicle or any vehicle protection program. Shoppers are being victimized by fraudulent sales and false claims. Criminals attempt to sell vehicles they do not own and create an attractive deal by advertising vehicles at or below book value. (more)


We want to remind residents that criminal activity can be prevented when one thing is eliminated opportunity. And the opportunity for car burglaries has been on the increase due to one simple thing that victims have in common - unlocked doors on the vehicles. (more)

Important Information - How to Spot An Imposter

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reminds the public to remember that if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Don't let scammers play on your emotions. (more)

  Crime Prevention Resources

Newsletters                                                                    Seniors versus Crime
Read and download our monthly                                      A valuable resource for our aging
Crime Prevention Newsletters                                          population who may have been victimized.

Brochures                                                                      Neighborhood Watch
We offer many services through the                                One of the most effective and least
Crime Prevention Unit.                                                   costly answers to crime.

 Online Services
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.

Strategic Plan

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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