Year End Report
for 2012/2013 was closely monitored and kept within responsible
parameters. The departments donation fund reflects an
available balance of $34,834.17. These funds come from officers donating
time to instruct CPR and First aid classes as well as donations from
citizens who generously support the police department. These funds are
used to purchase items the normal fiscal budget may not afford such as
bullet proof vests ,
,AED's, and other law enforcement related tools.
Since February of this year, I have proudly served as your Chief of Police. I have strived to maintain an already professional, accountable, honest, department; a department the whole town can be proud of. I believe the department’s officers live the idea so much I made it our department value statement: “Professionalism, Accountability, Honesty and Pride”
have made our mission simple:
Prevent Crime. Enhance Public Safety.
Officers answered 6,464 calls for service, wrote 739 offense reports, made 169 arrests, worked 203 traffic crashes and issued 199 citations.
During the year, the police department:
Dear Parent of Guardian:
This letter serves as notice that a
driver under the age of 18 who resides at your mailing address was
stopped for a traffic infraction. It is the practice of the Lake Placid
Police Department to notify the parents or guardian of the traffic stop.
The driver may have been issued a traffic citation or given a warning
for the offense. You may contact the police department at 863-699-3757
with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Traffic crashes occur every 12 seconds
in the United States. Vehicle crashes are the number one cause of deaths
among young adults. Teens are more likely to be killed in an automobile
crash than any other way. Because of this, we urge you to encourage your
children to drive safely.
Chief James Fansler
-To date, 13 letters have been sent to parents of children who have been stopped by Lake Placid officers. Parents have responded very positively.
Code Enforcement pulled over 200 cases and collected $9,375 in fines.
Currently, the Code Enforcement position is uniquely held by a
sworn law enforcement officer who lends a hand to the patrol function of
the department. Never afraid to back up patrol officers, or cover a
shift if necessary, officer Mulligan exhibited she is leadership
material. In November of 2013, Officer Mulligan was promoted to
Sergeant Mulligan also is the driving force behind public safety events like the Annual Bike Rodeo that educates children on bicycle safety. She has also spoke on several occasions to many of the local school children about other various child safety issues.
Property and Evidence:
Officers turned in over 400 pieces of evidence which is approximately 25% more than the previous year. Property and Evidence manager Beverly Hunt attended required training to maintain certifications as a Evidence Specialist.
Two patrol vehicles
(Unit# 40 & 43) a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria and 2004 Explorer are on
request to be considered surplus. The vehicles have lived out their
usefulness and have become a burden to the department’s assets. The
vehicles are in need of repairs that would exceed their worth.
Therefore, I would like to sell the vehicles and remove them from
With the Crown Victoria being discontinued, the department had to make a choice on a new style of patrol vehicle. With careful consideration and a tremendous amount of research, we decided on the Ford Interceptor Utility. With the lack of compartment and cargo space in the Ford Interceptor Sedan and Dodge Charger, the Ford Interceptor Utility was the best choice. The Ford IU comes with a Eco-boost 3.5L V6 and at 16 mpg city and 22 highway, as compared to the sedan at 16 mpg city and 23 highway, fuel economy is competitive with the other choices.
The department received a grant to purchase two new desktop computers which were used to replace outdated units. Two more grants are being processed currently. Combined, the two grants will allow the department to purchase two more new desktop computers, a laptop computer, and replace a failing surveillance camera at the police department.
We are still striving
for accreditation status. Although it is a slow process, our facility
and policies are continually reviewed and updated to meet Florida
Accreditation Compliance Standards.
Property and Evidence manager Beverly Hunt is also the department Accreditation manager. Hunt attended the Florida Accreditation training conference. She also obtained other necessary standards to keep the department in compliance with Florida Accreditation Compliance Standards.
Over 300 people were fingerprinted using the departments LiveScan Electronic Fingerprinting system. This added service has been complimented by several people who would have had to travel to Sebring to have their fingerprints taken electronically which is the standard for many companies now.
CPR/First Aid Classes:
The department held 15 CPR classes throughout the year teaching 161 people to save lives. There were 9 First Aid classes that contained 44 people overall. All instructors are certified through the American Heart Association. All instructors volunteer their time to instruct the courses. The money received for the CPR and First Aid classes is placed into a donation account to assist in purchasing items the general budgeted accounts may not afford. Recently, the officers received printer holding seat organizers to help keep their printers from sliding around the compartment area and possibly becoming projectiles in the event the vehicle is involved in an accident.