The officers assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division provide 24 hour a day coverage to protect the life and property of the citizens and visitors of Winter Park. The Uniform Patrol Division acts as a first responder to calls for immediate police service providing a timely response to reported crimes in progress.
Additionally, officers assigned to the division conduct preliminary investigations into crimes over with and identify and apprehend persons suspected of committing crimes. Officers also conduct directed patrols to discourage and prevent the opportunity for crimes to occur and enhance the public’s awareness of criminal activity in their community.
Many of the Winter Park Officers have received certification as members of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). These officers can be recognized by the unique CIT pin that is worn on their uniform shirt. During this training, officers learn techniques for addressing the needs of persons in crisis and dealing with persons who are mentally ill. This training allows for officers to better serve the community and deescalate crisis situations in a manner that is safer for the officers and citizens. The national program has been a tremendous success in regards to better serving the citizenry and aiding mentally ill persons in getting treatment.
The Uniform Patrol Division also enforces traffic laws and investigates traffic related crashes in addition to assisting in traffic and pedestrian control. The division strives to be highly visible in the community and accessible to the public at all times, working together to reduce crime in Winter Park.