The Auburndale Police Department is made up of 37 sworn officers and 8 civilians. Our agency has been accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) since 2010 and was re-accredited in 2013 and 2016.
We are dedicated to our community by providing Substance Abuse and Violence Education (S.A.V.E.) in our schools, Neighborhood Watch, and Crime Prevention programs. We also provide a safe in our lobby for the disposal by citizens of unwanted prescription medications.
Chief Chris Nelson began his career in law enforcement at the Bartow, Florida, Police Department in 1992 where he served as a patrol officer and traffic homicide investigator. Chief Nelson also served as a Captain with the Live Oak, Florida, Police Department and as a criminal investigator and polygraph examiner with the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office. In February 2007, he began his career with the Auburndale Police Department as the Deputy Chief of Police. Following the untimely death of Chief Nolan McLeod, Chief Nelson was promoted to Chief of Police on July 16, 2012.
Chief Nelson holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from St. Leo University and a Master of Science in Criminology from The Florida State University. He is also a graduate of the 209th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy.
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You can receive up to $3000 CA$H for your information
This Crime Stoppers Program began in 1982 from the efforts of our City Commission and our Police Department. The concept has developed into a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Donations of airtime, newspaper space, and reward monies have established Crime Stoppers as an effective tool to fight crime in the area.
Crime Stoppers is comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives. Crime Stoppers provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community.
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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement opens this resource to users in order to enter any address in Florida and search the Florida Sexual Offender/Predator Registry. A map is also available. To start the search Click Here.
All arrestees in Polk County are taken to the Polk County Jail and booked into that facility. Click Here to access the Polk County Sheriff’s site for inmate information.
Working together to ensure that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate against their impacts. Click Here for information.
is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Click Here for information.
Join Project ChildSafe in educating your family and community about safe gun handling and storage. Click Here for information.
Law Enforcement 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 is increased. Click Here for information.
Natural Disaster Recovery
Many communities and schools have disaster plans in place to help students prepare for a natural disaster and know what to do immediately after one occurs.
Bill Begal, a natural disaster preparedness specialist, has these additional tips for college students who want to be ready before a natural disaster happens and to know what to do in the hours and days after such an event.
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