Community Policing District 2
The Community Policing Bureau, commanded by Acting-Deputy Chief Robert Ridle is the largest division of the Fort Pierce Police Department. The Division is comprised of a uniformed patrol force for the City of Fort Pierce, which provides first response to all emergencies, performs preliminary investigations, and provides basic patrol services for our residents.
The Community Policing Bureau consists of ten patrol zones, which are patrolled by eight shifts of road patrol officers, eight sergeants, and four lieutenants. The bureau also consists of individual units to include a Canine Unit, Boat Unit. Indian River State College, Crime Prevention Unit, Traffic Unit, Community Service Aides and School Crossing Guards.
The District is divided into District I and District II and covers an area of approximately 20 square miles. The western boundary is Florida Turnpike and includes all the area east of the turnpike, including the river and beach areas, north from Midway Road to the most northern boundary of Woodward Drive.
The Patrol Division 2 consists of eight platoons comprised of 33 sworn officers, which includes two lieutenants, six sergeants & a K-9 officers.
Patrol Division 2 serves Fort Pierce's, south side. The uniformed officers are deployed on a four days on, four days off work cycle with six squads averaging 6 officers per squad. The uniformed officers are the highly visible components of the department and are the officers who typically respond to calls for service in Fort Pierce.
The Fort Pierce Police Department maintains two canine (K-9) teams that assist officers in both policing districts as back up, as well as, aid in any investigation or motor vehicle stop that necessitates the utilization of a canine. Supervised by Lieutenant William Hall, canine teams are trained for a particular objective with extensive training prior to any operation and continuous weekly training to maintain the highest level of efficiency.
The dogs and handlers spend more than 400 hours in training to develop the special bond required to serve as reliable law enforcement partners. The dogs are also trained to detect the odor of controlled dangerous substances, conduct tracks, evidence searches and criminal apprehension. Teams are generally assigned to specific a specific district, but are used throughout the county as situations warrant. In addition, members of the unit conduct canine demonstrations for different groups and organizations. For more information on scheduling a demonstration, call 772-467-6800.
The Traffic Unit is not just responsible for enforcing traffic laws; the unit’s responsibilities include investigating vehicle related accidents, including Traffic Homicide Investigations and DUI (driving under the influence) checkpoints aimed at deterring impaired drivers. The unit also utilizes various forms of speed measuring devices to identify and apprehend all other of traffic violations. The unit has initiated or participated in a number of programs intended to prevent accidents and make the streets safer to include the “Click It or Ticket program” and the “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose program
Patrol Support Division
Patrol Support, managed by Sergeant John Schramm. The division consists of the following units and functions:
Officer Steven Griffith is temporarily assigned to Indian River State College as the on campus police officer, who is responsible for calls for service on campus, security for students & faculty and is a mentor for students.
School Crossing Guards
Parents of students attending school within the city can be confident that their children walking to school will arrive safely, knowing that they are being helped across some of our busiest streets by the school crossing guards. Eight crossing guards are assigned to six locations near the schools, twice a day when the children are on their way to and from school. The position is an important link in the safety of the city’s children.