Year end Report

 We are honored to present this report for your review. Any comments, questions, or concerns can be directed to the Chief of Police by visiting the police department, calling, or emailing.

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Budget Review

 The budget for 2013/14 was closely monitored and kept within responsible parameters.     

Department Report

Officers answered 7,890 calls for service, a 22% increase in cad volume.  wrote 641 offense reports, made 119 arrests, worked 224 traffic crashes, issued 197citations and 363 warnings. Of the above, the police department investigated:

1- Homicide  1- Forcible Rape 1- Attempted Forcible Rape 14-Burglaries 6- Robberies.

 During the year, the police department is called upon to work special events. The department is proud to have worked the following events: Alex Barajas 5kCountry Fair (involves night time officer) First Lake Placid TriathlonCaladium Festival(involves officers 24/7 coverage during the entire 3 day event) Annual Tom McDonald 5kMason G. Smoak event,Chamber of Commerce 5k-10kLake Placid Christmas parade. Officers also assisted Sebring Police Department during their Christmas parade. Waters Edge HalloweenThe Lake Placid Youth Football League hired two officers for their playoffs in November which they paid $315.  Interlake Block Party (received a $65 donation from Kathy Allaire for officer’s participation. 


During the year, the police department:



Code Enforcement Report

Code Enforcement pulled 180 cases and managed the Business Tax.

 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. Until recent, the Code Enforcement position was held by Sergeant Heather Mulligan. As of the first of the year, Officer Mostyn Mullins will be assuming the role as Code Enforcement Officer/ Law Enforcement Officer. 

Officer Mullins will continue to host public safety events like the Annual Bike Rodeo that educates children on bicycle safety.


Property and Evidence

TAKEN IN APPROX. 475 PCS OF EVIDENCE (APPROX 14.1% INCREASE OVER 2013) Property and Evidence manager Beverly Hunt attended required training to maintain certifications as a Evidence Specialist.

During annual Operation Medicine Cabinet we turned over approximately 575lbs of discarded medications (25 boxes) to the DEA.

As of November 2014, LPPD Property and Evidence manager Beverly Hunt became the president of Property and Evidence Association of Florida's Chapter 5. Chapter 5 covers the following 7 counties: Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Sarasota.

Beverly attends annual Property and Evidence Training Conferences and attends continuing educational courses to maintain her Evidence Specialist Certifications

 It is no surprise to me that Beverly Hunt was elected president. Her dedication and work ethic is one of her strongest attributes.  Hunt maintains the departments property and evidence inventory with the utmost professionalism. 

We are very proud of this accomplishment. 

Department Assets

The officers received upgraded Electronic Controlled Weapons commonly referred to as Tasers. The model X26 was discontinued, along with the battery packs for the units. This forced the department to purchase an upgraded model. The X26P is a digital model replacing the analog X26. The upgraded model offers many safety features and better results.

The department ordered two new patrol vehicles. The new patrol vehicles are replacing one aging patrol vehicle and one vehicle that was damaged beyond repair during a traffic crash involving a department officer.



The department received a grant to purchase two new desktop computers which were used to replace outdated units. A second grant was awarded in partnership with Sebring Police and Highlands County Sheriff's Office. This grant was use to purchase investigative equipment such as mobile surveillance cameras.



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.


Electronic Fingerprinting

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 13 CPR classes throughout the year teaching 85 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. 


Women's Self Defense Classes

In the past, Officer Mostyn Mullins and I hosted basic self-defense classes for women. The interested declined for a while but recently has spiked. We have held a total of 4 classes all which had 12 or more student. We were recently invited to demonstrate our course in DeSoto County at the Arcadia Rally where we instructed over 50 women. We are the only law enforcement organization in Highlands Co to offer such a class.