The Winter Park Police Department Street Crimes Unit became active in January 2011. Consisting of two officers and one Sergeant and working within the Investigations Division, the Street Crime Unit will work shifts during the week to parallel crime trends in the community. The goal of the Unit is to take a proactive approach to identify and address crimes in an effort to preserve a superior quality of life for today’s residents and for future generations. The methods used to identify targeted crimes are direct observations, the use of the Crime Analysis Unit to obtain data relative to calls for service and crime trends (Hot Spots), field interview reports, self-initiated activity and arrests in designated areas.
The unit will target crimes such as drug dealing, robberies, residential and business burglaries and various thefts to include auto-thefts. This positive change allows the police department to saturate identified hot spots with increased officer presence and enforcement to increase safety for the residents and visitor in Winter Park.