About the Department
Mission Statement: The City of Sanibel Police Department will proactively patrol all roadways, waterways and beaches with its available resources and will enforce all Local, State and Federal laws and ordinances. The Sanibel Police Department is proactive in communicating crimes that target Sanibel residents and trends derived from analysis of crime statistics by alerting the public through press releases and other crime prevention strategies. The Sanibel Police Department will maintain and protect the ecosystem for all inhabitants of Sanibel, including residents, workers, visitors and the wildlife in the natural environment. In accordance with the Department’s community policing philosophy, we will respond 100% of the time for any and all requests for service and investigation of every criminal act.
Challenges Facing the Department:
The newest challenge facing the Sanibel Police Department is maintaining the service levels expected from the community during an environment of reduced budget and staffing.
The focus of the Sanibel Police Department will be to maintain response times and continue to respond to all calls for service and reports of criminal activity.
The most notable trends on Sanibel are the increased incidents of burglary, theft and concerns within the community of juvenile drug use.
The Sanibel Police Department will dedicate resources to maintain safety, reduce crime and gain compliance within our juvenile population
- Issue 1: Increased Crime – Due to current economic downturn we anticipate an increase in crimes such as burglary, theft, domestic violence and exploitation of the elderly.
- Issue 2: Drug and narcotic arrests - This trend may become a bigger issue regarding other crimes associated with drug addicted persons, including increases in burglaries and thefts.
- Issue 3: Juvenile Drug Use – There is a growing concern regarding juvenile drug use. This crime typically has a strong correlation to increased theft, burglary and vandalism.
|Goals and Status||Productivity Measurement|
|Attend training schools that maintain professional certifications. These classes will be attended throughout the year.||Complete schools to enhance officers’ awareness levels for emerging issues and to maintain minimum requirements for certification.|
|Continue environmental patrols and awareness/ educational campaigns.||
Dedicate resources to beach parking lots, beaches and the boat ramp to educate about and enforce environmental laws and ordinances.
|Maintain a proactive patrol to reduce residential burglaries||Reduced incidence of reported burglary|
|Continued review of changes to laws and updating department policy.||
Complete any changes required to maintain effective department policies.
|Maintain police response times||Respond to police calls at the same rate as previous year|
POLICE DEPARTMENT PATROL DIVISION - OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Proactively Patrol All Roadways – Officers patrol all City of Sanibel roadways for detection of suspicious or criminal activity and provide assistance to citizens in need. Officers will enforce all laws and ordinances to provide the maximum protection to the public.
- Patrol All Waterways – Officers are assigned to details to patrol all waterways within the geographic boundaries around the City of Sanibel and all accessible waterways and canals within Sanibel. Officers assigned to this function ensure the public safety through vessel inspections and enforcement of all laws and ordinances associated with the waterways. This position is partially funded by the West Coast Inland Navigation District and Beach Parking revenues.
- Patrol the Beach – Officers are assigned to special details to patrol the beaches of Sanibel. Officer assigned to this function proactively patrol and provide assistance to the public. Officers enforce violations of laws and ordinances, especially those associated with protection of the natural environment, including dune protection, beach chair ordinance, harassing of shorebirds, protection of turtle nests and dogs on the beach without a leash. Officers also educate the public regarding environmental laws and how they relate to the persons behavior and activities on the beach. This position is funded by Beach Parking revenues.
- Respond to All Emergency Calls– Officers respond in a safe and expeditious manner to all emergency calls. This includes calls of crimes in progress, vehicle and pedestrian accidents and medical crisis if not busy.
- Respond to All Criminal Complaints – Officers respond to all criminal complaints in a timely manner. Officers obtain all pertinent information to initiate a criminal investigation and complete all associated reports to ensure proper documentation is completed to develop criminal cases with the goal to prosecute violators to the fullest extent of the law.
- Respond to All Calls For Service – Officers will respond to all non emergency calls for service in the order in which the call is received after other calls of greater importance are prioritized and completed.
- Perform Arrests – Officers physically arrest perpetrators of crimes committed in their presence or crimes where evidence suggests there is reasonable suspicion that an individual or individuals have committed a crime. An officer ensures he/she has the proper resources and back-up to affect an arrest. An officer completes all required reports and transports the perpetrator of the crime to the Lee County Jail for incarceration.
- Issue Traffic Citations – Officers issue traffic citations to persons who violate State traffic laws. Officers conduct traffic stops in a safe and prudent manner and complete the proper State forms that identify the specifics of the violation.
- Respond to Traffic Crashes – Officers respond to reports of traffic crashes in a safe and expeditious manner. The first responding officer determines if there are any injuries and attends to those needs first and requests medical services to respond if there are any injuries. The officer then investigates the causes of the accident and documents all contributing causes and cites the violator if necessary. The investigating officer completes a State of Florida approved Traffic Crash report as required or a Drivers Exchange / Driver Report of Accident report.
- Animal Control – Officers respond to all domestic and exotic animal complaints and document all pertinent information regarding the call; whether it is a noise complaint, dog not in physical control by owner, attack or bite and any other complaints. If an animal has attacked another animal or a person, the officer completes the appropriate State approved form and forwards the information to the Lee County Health Department. If an animal attack has occurred police staff implements an animal quarantine or attempts to catch dangerous exotics.
- Special Patrol Details – Department staff participate in special details as available and requested by the public to include: traffic, parking, crossing guard, crowd control for special events, radar details and security details.
- Environmental Patrol Details – Officers have been trained to recognize environmental violations and as a component of their patrol function, are alert for these violations. Officers are also deployed as the need arises to conduct surveillance for specific violations such as: feeding alligators, undersized or too many fish, unleashed dogs on the beach and harassing of wildlife.
- Coordinate Iguana Program – Document and track locations of iguanas and monitor lizards for the purpose of directing a contractual trapper to remove the invasive species from Sanibel.
- Alligator Complaints – All complaints of alligators are assessed by a trained police officer. The officer determines if there is a threat and all conditions associated with the complaint. If there is imminent threat, the police department will take immediate action to catch the alligator if possible and call the state trapper for removal.
- Traffic Enforcement – Officers as part of their patrol function prioritize the enforcement of traffic violations. Additionally, one full time officer is primarily detailed to traffic enforcement as scheduling allows and to cite violators for traffic infractions.
- Report Writing – Employees will document all official actions on appropriate reports and forms: All calls for service will be recorded in the CAD, criminal complaints will be documented on State approved report forms, alarms will be documented on City form as directed by City Ordinance. When reports are completed by personnel, a supervisor reviews each report for content and accuracy, then the reports are approved prior to release to the public.
- Case Preparation – Officers must prepare case packages for all felony cases to be distribution to the State Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution. The case packages include details of the offense, witnesses and victims of the crime and documentation of evidence associated with the crime.
- Traffic Court– Officers testify in traffic court as required through court subpoena on any contested traffic citation. The officer reports to the court in uniform or professional attire fully prepared to testify. When the hearing is completed the officer documents the disposition of the case on a supplement report to the original case.
- Bureau of Driver Improvement Hearings – Officers testify at Bureau of Driver Improvement hearings in driving under the influence arrests. The officer reports to the hearing in uniform or professional attire fully prepared to testify. When the hearing is completed the officer documents the disposition of the case on a supplement report to the original case.
- Criminal Court – Officers testify in criminal court as required through court subpoena on any criminal court case. The officer reports to the court in uniform or professional attire fully prepared to testify. When the hearing is completed the officer documents the disposition of the case on a supplement report to the original case.
- Code Enforcement – All complaints and observations of code violations will be enforced if observed by a police officer. These violations include: unlicensed contractors and service workers, signage, unleashed dogs, dune diminishment, chairs on the beach, water violations, loud music, construction work after hours, raccoon feeding, native vegetation trimming and vehicles on the beach. Any observations or actions taken will be forwarded to the Planning Department.
- Correction Reports – All complaints and observations regarding damage to City property, conditions to be corrected or safety hazards related to City infrastructure are documented on a complaint report and a City Correction Report is forwarded to the Department of Public Works. If the need is deemed hazardous, staff will cause immediate response to correct the deficiency.
- Criminal Investigations – All criminal complaints are investigated to the fullest authority and ability of the police department until the case is resolved; either through prosecution, clearance or refusal to prosecute. In the event that a case becomes cold, periodic contact is made with the victim to determine if any new developments have occurred to affect the status of the initial report.
- Property– All property obtained by the Sanibel Police Department is secured, tagged and maintained by the property and evidence manager until disposition of the property; either by return to owner, destroyed or sold at auction.
- Traffic Control– Department staff monitors traffic conditions and dedicates resources at high volume intersections to direct traffic during peak traffic times to effectuate the most efficient movement of traffic. Staff also performs traffic control at the Sanibel School, at the beginning and end of each school day to facilitate a safe condition for students.
- Collect Mail dropped for Utility Payments – Police Department staff collects utility payments dropped in the on-site City mail drop box for utility bill payments, then deliver to the finance department on all business days except holidays.
- Deliver City deposits to bank – Police staff picks up from the finance department all prepared deposits for delivery to the bank and returns deposit receipt to the finance department on all business days except holidays.
- Deliver City Council packets – Police staff delivers City Council packets to City Council Members residences as requested on a bi-weekly basis.
- City Mail Collection – Police Department staff picks up City mail at the U.S. Post Office and delivers to Administration on all business days except holidays.
- Department Scheduling – Staff coordinates all request for time off, training schedules, special details and develops a department schedule to provide for adequate service to the public and safety to staff.
- Business Checks – The midnight patrol shift conducts physical area checks of all businesses on Sanibel as time permits and when not engaged in answering calls and conducting criminal detection or arrests.
- Residential Dark House Program – The day shift road patrol conducts physical structure checks of residences that sign up for dark house checks during extended time away from their homes. Police staff completes the checks as time allows when not handling calls or otherwise engaged.
- Maintain Intoxilyzer – A police staff member is assigned and trained to be the designated department Intoxilyzer maintenance technician. This requires monthly tests and servicing to maintain the state certification. This allows for the legal detection of blood alcohol levels of defendants arrested for driving under the influence.
POLICE DEPARTMENT DISPATCH - OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Primary Emergency 9-1-1 Answering Point (PSAP)– Answer all emergency 9-1-1 calls twenty-four hours per day seven days per week and determine method for dispatch; either dispatch police resources only, or dispatch police resources and forward the call for additional assistance of law enforcement back up, and or dispatch fire department, and or dispatch emergency medical services. The dispatcher obtains all pertinent information to assist and protect the caller, victim, and emergency workers who are responding and provide any advise that can assist or protect the caller or victim.
- Answer All Police Department Phone Calls– Police personnel answer all calls to the police department twenty-four hours per day seven days per week. The call taker assesses each call and determines the best course of action; either forward the call to an appropriate city employee, dispatch department resources, convey information to the caller, or direct the caller to the appropriate resource.
- Dispatch All Department Calls – Dispatchers determine the callers need, obtain all pertinent information to generate a police report, enter all pertinent information into the Computer Aided Dispatch System, assign department resources to the call, and record all pertinent information regarding the personnel’s response and requests for information and additional resources.
- Officer Safety – Dispatchers maintain contact with department personnel to ensure their safety when working in the field. This is accomplished by knowing where personnel are and what they are working on and send back-up to their location if contact can not be made.
- Monitor National and Florida Crimes Information networks – Dispatchers monitor the NCIC and FCIC teletype for communications and requests and alerts from outside agencies; and forward pertinent information regarding requests for assistance and BOLO’s for wanted persons, missing persons, child abductions and all other requests for assistance to road patrol.
- Disseminate and Update Information Through National and Florida Information Networks - Dispatchers disseminate pertinent information to outside law enforcement agencies regarding perpetrators of crimes leaving City of Sanibel jurisdiction, missing persons, abducted children, stolen vehicles and stolen or missing weapons, verification of active warrants, and official requests for assistance.
- Monitor Daily Weather Conditions – Dispatchers monitor weather conditions to alert patrol staff of impending inclement weather to ensure staff members are not in dangerous conditions, including traffic control personnel, marine officers and beach patrol officers. Dispatchers report forecasted weather conditions to the Patrol supervisor for possible notification of the public if severe conditions exist, such as tornado warnings or flash flooding.
- Alert Radio Messages – Dispatchers disseminate emergency communications over the emergency alert radio system. These messages may be related to evacuation, severe weather, severe traffic conditions, or occurrence of specific in progress crimes.
POLICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL SERVICES - OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Follow-up Investigations – Officers assigned to the Detective Division follow-up criminal reports based upon information and leads in unsolved crimes.
- Property Validations – All criminal complaints with a report of theft are entered into the FCIC and NCIC computer systems. This information must be validated in the system on regular time tables to ensure the data base is accurate and has updated information.
- Crime Scene Investigation – All criminal complaints receive an investigation and documentation of all evidence collected at the scene of the crime. This includes collecting, preserving all evidence and documenting all actions taken at the crime scene. For major crimes the Lee County Crime Scene Investigators will be requested to assist.
- Analysis of Evidence– The crime scene investigator causes the appropriate analysis of all evidence, to include laboratory testing of substances through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
- Disposition of Evidence – The property and evidence manager disposes all evidence when there is no longer a need, based on the case being closed. The property is returned to the owner, destroyed or sold at auction.
- City Council Security - Provide Sanibel City Council police security during public meetings as required.
- Participate in the Lee County Marine Advisory Council – Police staff participates in the Lee County Marine Advisory Council monthly meetings to participate in education and enforcement initiatives regarding county and municipal maritime issues. The primary goal of the Marine Advisory Council is to increase safety and awareness of boating and environmental issues and enforcing speed regulations in manatee zones.
- Liaison for City of Sanibel Marine Advisory Committee – Police staff participates in the monthly Marine Advisory Committee meetings and relays information regarding marine safety and enforcement issues.
- Participate in the Gulf Coast Intelligence Committee – Police staff participates in the monthly Gulf Coast Intelligence committee meetings to discuss regional criminal events and develop plans to participate in solving crimes as well as share information on likely targets for criminal elements.
- Participate in the Lee County Public Safety Coordinating Council – Police staff participates in the Lee County Public Safety Coordinating Council monthly meetings for coordination, discussions and planning for court diversion programs, mental health diversion programs and procedures for working in concert with all services that handle the processes regarding incarcerated persons.
- Participate in the Domestic Security Task Force – Police staff participates in the quarterly Domestic Security Task Force meetings for updates on the most current intelligence regarding terrorist activity and for discussions on improving communication networks.
- West Coast Inland Navigation District Grant Program – Police department staff prepare grant requests for funding to pay for marine patrol, marine equipment, educational brochures and facility improvements. Staff attends grant meetings annually and provides quarterly status reports to WCIND. These grants partially fund the marine patrol function.
- Implement D.A.R.E. Program – Police department personnel implements a standardized, nationally recognized and certified drug awareness and education program for elementary and middle school students. Police staff are be responsible for presenting the information to the students in an environment conducive for learning. This position is partially funded by the School Board of Lee County.
- School Resource Officer Program – Police department staff are responsible for security during school hours and at after school events; act as the department liaison with the Sanibel School and will participate in off site field trips to ensure safety and stability and to enforce school code of conduct policies. This position is partially funded by the School Board of Lee County.
- Neighborhood Watch Program – Department staff provides information to homeowners associations regarding the implementation of a neighborhood watch program.
- Complete New Hire Background Investigations – Staff completes in depth background investigations on new hires, including: voice stress tests, candidate neighbor interviews, criminal history background checks, and assessment of the candidates character. This information is compiled into a report along with drug screening, physical and psychological evaluations for certified law enforcement positions.
- Coalition for Human Trafficking– Department staff participate in training, intelligence and coordination regarding human trafficking and slavery with other law enforcement agencies and coalition members.
- Human Smuggling Task Force – Department staff participate in training, intelligence and coordination regarding illegal smuggling of illegal immigrants.
- Gang Task Force - Department staff participate in training, intelligence and coordination regarding local gang activities.
- Crime Prevention Program – Department staff provides information to the public regarding tips to reduce the prospects of becoming the victim to a crime and to alert the public to current crimes occurring in the community.
- Police Auxiliary Program – Supervise the members of the Auxiliary Officers, provide them with guidance, training and request their participation in special details and other assignments; and attend their monthly meetings.
POLICE DEPARTMENT PARKING ENFORCEMENT - OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Parking Enforcement– Police staff patrols public parking lots to ensure each vehicle is in compliance with City parking ordinances. If a vehicle is in violation, it is issued a parking citation.
- Collect Parking Revenues – Police staff collects monies from the paid parking lots and deposits the revenues into the bank. Credit card receipts are downloaded from the machines and onto a dedicated software program, then to a credit card clearing house. The revenues are accounted for and tracked by both the finance department and police department to insure checks and balances.
- Track Parking Vacancies – Police staff conducts manual counts on all paid parking lots seven days per week and generates a report for parking lot vacancies.
- Parking Machine Maintenance – Police staff performs repairs and preventative maintenance on the parking machines at all paid parking lots.
- Parking Program Management – Police staff schedule all activities and needs for parking enforcement, budget preparation, revenue statistics and sale of resident and non-resident parking decals.
POLICE DEPARTMENT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION - OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Emergency Management Planning– Police staff maintains and updates the Sanibel Emergency Management Plan. This includes coordinating efforts between all City departments and recommending enhancements to department’s plans. Police staff also develops plans for preparation, evacuation and recovery.
- Maintain Contact with Weather Consultant– Police staff maintains close contact with the City’s weather consultant throughout the hurricane season for up to date forecasts of weather systems that may impact Sanibel.
- Coordinate Emergency Planning with Outside Agencies – Police staff maintains close contact and working relations with Lee County emergency management officials, local municipalities, local fire districts, schools, utilities, taxing districts and community partners throughout the year.
- Implement Hurricane Pass Program – Police staff implements the City of Sanibel Hurricane Pass Program, by issuing passes to residents, property owners and business owners on Sanibel and Captiva for re-entry to the islands after an evacuation. Staff designs and contracts for the printing of the passes, and compiles and maintains data from the hurricane pass applications.
- Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Education – Police staff designs and contracts for the printing of educational brochures and disseminates them to the public; prepares and disseminates articles for local newspapers and holds public awareness seminars.
- Maintain and Implement Emergency Evacuation Plans – Police staff implements evacuation plans for Sanibel if the need arises. This includes public notification and maintaining a safe route for the evacuation.
- Maintain and Implement Re-entry Plans– Police staff develops, maintains and implements plans for island re-entry after an evacuation has been initiated.
- Maintain and Implement Recovery Plans – Police staff develops, maintains and updates recovery plans for different scenarios, such as; minimal damage, moderate to major damage and catastrophic damage recovery plans.
- Implement Disaster Security Plan – Police staff maintains and implements a disaster security plan that maximizes the protection of personal property after an emergency evacuation of Sanibel and maintains the security detail until the return of property owners or as conditions permit.
- Implement Emergency Communication Plan – Police staff develops, maintains and implements an emergency communications plan in the event that normal communications are compromised due to a catastrophic event.
- Alert Radio Program – Police department staff maintains the emergency alert radio system and sells alert radios to the public. Staff trains the public on the purpose and how to use the alert radios.
- Implement Special Needs Program – Police staff develops, maintains and implements plans to assist the special needs population on Sanibel in the event of an emergency evacuation. This plan includes identifying the special needs population prior to an emergency, tracking special needs population through a data base, assessing their needs and either directing them to providers who can assist them or provide direct assistance if necessary.
- Maintain Emergency Contracts – Police staff identifies emergency needs for food, water, community resource centers, communications, transportation, housing, supplies, support resources and equipment and secures contracts to provide the needed resources during an emergency.
- Provide and Coordinate Emergency / disaster training – Emergency management coordinator assesses, determines and initiates emergency training for City staff, including; job specific emergency duties, CPR, defibrillator and all other associated emergency training.
- Participate in Lee County Disaster Council – The emergency management coordinator attends monthly Lee County Disaster Council meetings and facilitates a dialog regarding the City of Sanibel disaster mitigation and preparedness needs.
- Participate in Lee County Medical Society meetings – The emergency management coordinator attends monthly Lee County Medical Society meetings and facilitates a dialog regarding emergency medical needs and conditions of special needs citizens and planning for medical emergencies, including pandemic influenza.
- Mobile Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV) - Oversee maintenance, operations, training, and deployment of Mobile Emergency response Vehicle (MERV) during emergency situations and Island events that require communications.
- Sanibel Emergency Response Assistance Team - Liaison with City Emergency Partners SERAT (Sanibel Emergency Response Assistance Team) and the MRC (Medical reserve Corp) Coordinates training and assignments when teams are deployed.
POLICE DEPARTMENT RECORDS DIVISION - OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Maintain Official Records – The records custodian collects data related to all work product by the department, including all calls for service, alarms, alligator complaints, accidents, citations, criminal cases, and internal affairs investigations. Records staff maintains all data as specified by State records retention laws.
- Dissemination of Public Records– Police staff provides all records to the public as requested, this process mandates that all documents must be reviewed for accuracy and confidential information be redacted prior to its release. Certain public records must be accessible twenty four hours a day, specifically warrant affidavits and stolen property reports.
- Public Records Disposal – The records custodian is responsible for disposal and destruction of records that are not required for retention by State law. Each category of records is governed by different standards for retention. Staff must audit the records each year to maintain all records as required by State law.
- Processing Criminal and Civil Actions - Police staff processes criminal and civil traffic infractions and felony and misdemeanor arrests. On a daily basis staff forwards all enforcement actions taken by police officers to the appropriate divisions within the Lee County Clerk of Courts for processing of court appearances and payment of fines.
- Maintain Department Subpoena Data-base – Staff receives all subpoenas from attorneys and the courts and disseminates the subpoenas to department employees. Staff also maintains a data-base to track the subpoenas.
- Prepare Court Affidavit– Staff prepares affidavits that report all statutes are accurate on traffic citations prior to submission to the courts.
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement Reporting – The records custodian generates Uniform Crime Reports to F.D.L.E. on a bi-annual basis of all reportable crimes as determined and mandated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This report relates to: homicide, rape, robbery, domestic battery, kidnapping, arson, simple assault, aggravated stalking, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, drug arrest, bribery, embezzlement, fraud, blackmail, prostitution, DUI, gambling, weapons violations, and liquor law violations.
- State of Florida Buckle-up Program – Staff prepares monthly statistics for the Buckle –up Program. These statistics relate to seatbelt violations that citations have been issued to enforce State Statute.
- Track State Issued Citations – Staff accounts for all traffic citations, marine citations and driving under the influence citations issued to the department.
- City Employee Identification Data-base – Staff maintains the city-wide employee identification data-base and issues city identifications to all employees and emergency volunteers.
- Maintain 9-1-1 and Incoming Phone Recordings – The records custodian assesses the operability and maintenance of the 9-1-1 and incoming phone calls recording equipment. Staff checks the operability of the equipment every day to ensure the equipment is operating properly and if it is not operating properly, staff is to call 9-1-1 maintenance for repair.
- Maintain All In-Car Patrol Vehicle Recordings – The records custodian ensures proper storage and maintenance of all in-car patrol vehicle records as set forth in department policy and in accordance with State records laws.
- Maintain Stock of State and City Approved Reports – The records custodian maintains an adequate stock of approved forms for departmental reports; including fingerprint cards, offense incident forms, false alarm forms, property receipts, accident reports, etc.
- False Burglary Alarm Program – Officers respond to each reported burglary alarm and fill out the required Alarm report. Staff monitors the reports for repeat false alarms and then notifies the home owner of any violations and fines that are due. If homeowners do not pay their fines, staff coordinates with the finance department and legal department to place liens against the property.
- Neighborhood Crime Reports – Staff prepares statistical crime and call rates for annual homeowner association meetings.
- Department Computers & Software Programs – Installation, update and train personnel for all law enforcement applications.
- Maintain Personnel Training Files – Staff maintains a training file of all department employees that includes copies of all training certificates for each class completed by employees.
- Automated Training Management System – Staff maintains the training records of all certified police officers as mandated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the F.D.L.E. Automated Training Management System. Officers must complete mandatory training in: firearms annually, human diversity, FCIC / NCIC retraining, weapons of mass destruction, incident command and other training on the horizon is human trafficking. Additionally each officer is required to complete 48 hours of training every four years to maintain Florida certification.
- Recommend and Schedule Personnel to Training– Staff monitors training opportunities, recommends employees attend training classes, enrolls employees in training classes and schedules employees to attend training classes.
- Coordinate Hiring Department Personnel– Staff reviews, assess, tests and makes recommendations regarding which candidates to hire for vacant positions within the department.
- Regional Training Council– Staff attends annual and quarterly Regional Training Council meetings to participate in determining the need for specific advanced law enforcement training classes in hopes of bringing the classes to the police academy for staff to attend.
- Electronic Booking – Staff ensures the Lee County electronic booking procedures are completed as pre-determined by the Lee County Electronic Booking Report Steering Committee. The procedures mandate that all arrests made in the County require the initial booking sheet are transmitted electronically to the Lee County Jail.
POLICE DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION DIVISION - OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and Implement Department Policy– The police chief develops, maintains and implements department rules and policies based upon best practices and legal opinions. Staff follows and abides by all rules and policies. The policies are reviewed and updated on an annual basis or as the need arises.
- Prepare Department Budget – The police chief prepares a budget for all functions that fall within the parameters of span of control; including police department, emergency management, weigh station, and parking enforcement enterprise fund on an annual basis.
- Public Information Officer– The police chief disseminates information to the public regarding crimes, crime prevention, emergencies and all other information related to police actions.
- Purchase Department Supplies and Equipment – Department staff purchases all required supplies and equipment following the City purchasing policy. This includes request for bids if required and preparation of all associated documents needed to affect a purchase.
- Department Inventory Control– Department staff track and account for all inventory and equipment issued to employees.
- Liquidate Department Property – Department staff formally requests the liquidation of obsolete equipment and equipment to be traded in for new equipment. This is done by requesting in writing to the finance and legal departments and bringing before City Council.
- Track Department Budgets – Department staff track all expenditures to ensure no purchases violate City policy and funding is available for all purchases. Provide semi-annual update to City Council regarding status of budget.
- Prepare and Submit Payroll – Department staff prepares and submits all applicable information, enters payroll data into HTE; and completes all required documentation for hours worked, vacation time off and sick time off. The documentation is then transferred to the finance department to complete payroll.
- Track Department Human Resources – Department staff tracks all vacation time in order to ensure staffing is adequate for operating all road patrol functions and support functions.
- Employee Performance Evaluations – Supervisory staff complete annual and probationary performance evaluations. Documentation includes support for all observations regarding need for improvement, training requests and acknowledgement of accomplishment.
- Internal Affairs Investigations – The police chief initiates all internal affairs investigations based on citizen complaints or improper employee actions. A final action summary is completed that identifies the initial complaint and a determination of unsubstantiated or substantiated with recommendations for discipline or other corrective actions if necessary.
- Track Crime Statistics and Trends - The police chief tracks police activity, crime statistics and trends to determine staff allocation and for determining needs for budgeting.
- Fleet Management – Department staff purchases, equips and completes daily maintenance on all department vehicles. Maintain all patrol vehicle equipment; radar units, video units, radio, emergency lights.
- Attend Weekly Executive Staff meetings – The police chief and the emergency management coordinator attend weekly executive staff meetings to plan and discuss City business.
- Attend Annual Homeowner’s Association Meetings – Police staff attends annual homeowners’ association meetings to present information regarding crime prevention, crime trends and the state of crime on Sanibel.
- The Sanibel Municipal Police Officer’s Pension Trust Fund – Police administrative staff performs the administrative, secretarial and recording secretary duties for the pension board. Two police officers are voted to sit on the pension board.
- Participate in Southwest Florida Police Chief’s Association – The police chief maintains an active membership and participates in Southwest Florida Police Chief’s monthly meetings. The purpose of this is to foster professional working relationships with other regional law enforcement professionals and disseminate pertinent information regarding training, legislation, operational advancements and crime trends.
- Special Event Planning– Police staff recommends and approves parking plans, traffic control, security and safety related issues regarding applications for special events; including Independence Day parade, Independence Day fireworks, craft fairs, fund raisers and all public requests for special events.
- Union Relations and Negotiation – Police chief participates on the City negotiation team with the Fraternal Order of Police and works with the union representative as issues arise.
- Mutual Aid Agreements – Police chief works with other law enforcement agencies to develop and participate in mutually beneficial programs and agreements for assistance.
- Research - Police department staff researches issues related to changing laws, ordinances, staffing, salary and benefits; such as: watering rules, segways, sexual predators, solicitors, take home vehicles, fees for services, salary comparisons, bicycle equipment, bike path uses, vehicles on beach, etc.
- Liaison with Federal Bureau of Investigations – The police chief attends meetings and maintains a working relationship with the area Federal Bureau of Investigations supervisor.
- Liaison with Florida Department of Law Enforcement - The police chief attends meetings and maintains a working relationship with the local Florida Department of Law Enforcement supervisor.
- Liaison with United States Secret Service - The police chief attends meetings and maintains a working relationship with the local United States Secret Service representative.
- Liaison with United States Customs – The police chief attends meetings and maintains a working relationship with the local United States Customs supervisor.
- City Safety Committee – Police staff participate in the City Safety Committee to determine improvements to and compliance is being met with the City of Sanibel safety rules.
- Community Service – Police staff manages any citizens requesting court ordered community service work and documents the services completed for review by the Lee County Supervisor of Probation.