Operations

Deputy Chief Carin Ketcham
Serving Since 1995
Operations Commander
(863) 837-5152
cketcham@auburndalefl.com

Kathy Floyd
Serving Since 1990
Records Supervisor
(863) 968-5183
kfloyd@auburndalefl.com

Misty Roe
Serving Since 2002
Property & Evidence Technician
(863) 837-5166
mroe@auburndalefl.com

The Operations Division is commanded by a Lieutenant.  Each function within the Operations Division operates independently; however, each of them are important to the overall success of the agency’s mission.  Operations members work Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding holidays.  The Operations Division is comprised of: Records, Property & Evidence, and Accreditation.  The Operations commander is also responsible for Criminal Investigations, State Attorney Liaison, and acts as the Public Information Officer.

  • Criminal Investigations

    The Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) of the Auburndale Police Department has skilled, trained detectives who can be called upon at any time to assist Patrol or to assume the investigation of a criminal episode. CIU provides follow-up investigations on all criminal incidents with potential for solvability, which have not already been resolved by an officer assigned to the Law Enforcement Division. Detectives are assigned to investigate crimes relating to general and special investigations.

    General investigations include reports of crimes, apprehending suspects and taking an active role in tracking repeat offenders. Detectives are assigned to investigate property crimes, like burglaries and auto thefts, and violent crimes, such as robberies, aggravated assaults, and homicides. They are responsible for investigating crimes, collecting evidence, apprehending suspects and preparing the case for prosecution. CIU also gathers intelligence information, interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects, and processes crime scenes.

    Special investigations include complaints of controlled substance violations, prostitution and other related crimes. A variety of tactics are used to combat these problems within the community, like undercover operations and the use of informants. It is essential or our success that an effective partnership is maintained with the State Attorney’s Office, colleagues within and outside the police department, and just as importantly, concerned members of the community.

  • Records

    The Auburndale Police Department utilizes a centralized records management section whose responsibilities are to maintain electronic copies of all reports and to enter computer data into the Police Department’s records management computer system. These different forms of documentation are used when needed by the court system or the Police Department or when dealing with public requests.

    The Police Department forwards the computer-generated data taken from all offense reports to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the state’s Uniform Crime Reporting system.

  • Property & Evidence

    Property & Evidence is staffed by a civilian member.  The property & evidence technician handles and stores all evidence and property that is seized or found until it is needed for court, returned to its owner, or can be destroyed.  Destruction, disposal, or return of property is determined by the type of property and in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

    Evidence, once entered into property & evidence, can no longer be removed or even physically examined without an authorized person signing for it.  All property & evidence is tracked by electronic bar code labels.

    The Property & Evidence Technician is responsible for applying for court orders for the destruction of drugs and other property that can not be released back into society.

  • Public Information Officer

    The purpose of the Public Information Officer (PIO) is to provide a clear, impartial and effective method of disseminating police information to the public and the news media; to ensure the accuracy and consistency of information; and to prevent disclosure of information that might adversely affect any individual or criminal or civil court proceedings.

  • Accreditation

    Accreditation increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves.

    Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community, as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency increases when their law enforcement agency has undertaken the significant effort to become accredited.

    Accreditation, in conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, commits the agency to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public.

    Accreditation creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. Law enforcement, in return, receives clear direction from the community about its expectations. Thus, a  common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.

  • State Attorney Liason

    The Auburndale Police Department is responsible for providing completed cases to the State Attorney’s office. The liaison works directly with the State Attorney’s office responding to requests for information. When additional information is needed, the State Attorney’s office will send the liaison a request for information detailing the requested information. Items such as recorded, transcribed witness statements, photographs, cost affidavits, and certain items of evidence may be additionally needed to successfully prosecute a case.