Divisions

Office of the Chief

The Office of the Chief serves to ensure all divisions adhere to the overall goals and objectives of the Department, and to provide administrative and managerial oversight of four divisions and the two Safe Neighborhood Districts and all their activities within the Hallandale Beach Police Department: Office of the Chief, Administrative Operations, Uniformed Patrol, Investigative Services, the Golden Isles and Three Island Safe Neighborhood Districts. 

The Office of the Chief is also responsible for development of new programs and projects, the department’s annual budget, procurement and managerial functions are coordinated by the Chief of Police, aided by the command staff. Liaison is maintained with the City Commission through the City Manager.

Administrative Operations

Accreditation Unit 

Facilitator and coordinator to assist agency personnel in complying with the professional standards mandated by accreditation.

Alarm Unit

All Hallandale Beach residents and businesses receiving alarm company service, must register with the City of Hallandale Beach each and every year. The Alarm Unit oversees this process.

Communications


Responsible for assisting the public at the Reception Desk, fulfilling public records requests, and providing fingerprint services. 

Community Involvement Unit (C.I.U.)

Function primarily as ambassadors of the Community Policing model; Provide a link between the community and the Police Department; They are the face of the Police Department and its CRA programs at community events throughout the year; They build trust and confidence throughout the community and often hold events (i.e., Front Porch block parties, community forums and condo/HOA meetings) and partner with Code Enforcement.

The unit includes the School Resource Officers, Parks Police, Public Information and Community Relations Programs such as Neighborhood Crime Watch, Youth Crime Watch, Crime Prevention Surveys, Police Explorers, PAL Program, Community Police Academy and numerous other programs listed and described on our HBPD Programs Section. 

This unit also has Crime Prevention Practitioners trained and certified by the Florida Attorney General’s Office available to do free crime prevention surveys of a business or a private residence. To request an appointment for a free crime prevention survey, contact the Community Involvement Unit Sergeant at (954) 457-1400.

Court Liaison

Responsible for processing all municipal and traffic citations, coordinating Police Officers'  and Community Service Aides’ court appearances, and filing misdemeanor arrest cases.

Canine Unit

Police Officers and their K-9 partners are responsible for tracking criminals and detecting contraband. These specialized teams also assist other Police agencies when requested.

Diversion Coordinator

Coordinator is responsible for the planning and evaluation of the program designed to divert targeted offenders from the criminal justice system. Oversees the initial screening of all cases referred to the program, and monitors the Diversion Program participants to ensure offender's compliance with the Diversion Program.  

Marine Patrol 

Specialized officers are trained by the U.S. Coast Guard to patrol the City’s waterways, to educate the public and regulate marine laws. The Unit conducts vessel safety inspections, cites and/or warns boaters for violations, investigates boating accidents, and conducts joint operations with other local agencies, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs.

Neighborhood Enhancement Team (N.E.T.)

Studies crime trends; Reviews feedback from community members and department personnel; Formulates analyzes, and conducts targeted surveillance and proactive enforcement work to address crime problems from quality of life issues to violent crimes and partners with Code Enforcement

Property and Evidence Management 

Administers evidence and property including their destruction according to State of Florida laws. 

Records Unit 

Responsible for maintaining, processing and disposing of police records in accordance with state and local laws. 
You may order copies of records on-line if you wish. Go to this link: Records Request 

Traffic Unit

Responsible for enforcing the traffic laws within the City. The officers are well trained and certified in the investigation of traffic homicides and other vehicular accidents. They are responsible for maintaining a safe traffic flow throughout the City.

Training Unit

Presents the most current and comprehensive in-service, Field Training Officer (FTO), advanced/specialized and career development training to all Hallandale Beach Police Department personnel.


Uniformed Patrol

Bicycle Patrol 

Officers are dispatched when requested and available to patrol an area on bicycles. Officers are encouraged to become acquainted with residents and businesses to recognize persons who may be “out of place” in their settings. 


Community Service Aides 

Community Service Aides (CSA’s) are assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division working alongside police officers to provide a high quality of service to the Hallandale Beach community. They are civilian employees of the police department whose responsibilities are to assist with non-emergency calls. They are trained in accident investigation and basic crime scene processing. 

Designated Foot Patrols

Our crime numbers indicate we have been successful over the last year in identifying crime trends and Hot Spots and deploying resources to reduce crime overall. As part of our BEAT the Fear campaign we will use these Hot Spot principles to direct our officers to spend time each shift out of their vehicles, interacting with our residents at designated locations within each patrol zone.  These locations will be designated by the strategic value of the officer’s presence at that location in relation to positive citizen contact and a contribution to an overall feeling of safety and security by the public. City parks and retail areas are natural locations for this.  As increased measure of community involvement we will also seek citizen participation in designating these locations within specific neighborhoods.  Officers will be required to visit a designated number of these locations, get out of their car and talk to people, for a designating period of time, and during designated windows of time during each shift.  Patrol sergeants will be responsible for having a substitute officer make these designated patrols if a zone officer is too busy with priority calls or arrest(s) to make any designated foot patrol.

Double-Back Program

Our officers respond every day to calls from victims of crime or residents/business owners who have questions or need assistance with a specific problem.  Every work shift, each patrol officer will be required to identify an individual with whom the officer came into contact.  That officer will then be required to visit the individual on their next patrol shift to follow up with the individual, offer any additional services, answer any lingering questions that may have arisen since the initial encounter, and generally reinforce our commitment to our citizens and business people.

Rolling Roll Calls

Shifts will hold roll calls and briefings in the community where they are visible to the public.  These roll calls will be in areas of interest based on crime analysis data and community outreach. 

Uniformed Patrol 

Officers are responsible for responding to all dispatched calls-for-service and crimes in progress. They are responsible for initial criminal investigations, preservation and processing of crime scenes. These officers provide mutual aid to surrounding communities and assist the State Attorney’s Office with the prosecution of criminals.


Investigative Services

Criminalistics 

The Crime Scene Technicians are responsible for processing evidence, classifying and comparing latent fingerprints, and processing crime scene photographs. The work of this unit is paramount to the successful prosecution of offenders.

Crime Analysis 

The Crime Analyst is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and distributing crime information to Department Detectives, Patrol Officers and the Chief’s Office. The analyst must analyze and detect patterns of activity, trends and movement of crime and refer this information to Detectives and supervisors for tactical and strategic planning.

General Crimes 

This is the investigation of white collar/economic crimes such as Fraud, Forgery, Embezzlement, Exploitation of the Elderly, and other financially motivated crimes.

Juvenile and Sex Crimes 

Detectives in this unit investigate sex crimes and cases involving juvenile suspects and victims. They investigate allegations of abuse and neglect related to juveniles and the elderly, and are also responsible for investigating missing person cases. They coordinate efforts with the Department of Children and Families to provide counseling and/or assistance to families in need.

Persons Crimes

 
Detectives in this unit conduct investigations involving physical crimes against people such as Homicide, Robbery, Kidnapping, and Assault. Detectives also follow-up on Domestic Violence arrests and investigations of computer crimes (such as internet use by pedophiles).

Property Crimes

 
These Detectives are assigned investigations of crimes against real personal property such as, Grand Theft, Burglary, and Auto Theft. These crimes are rarely witnessed or have physical evidence available. Often Detectives are left with numerous cases having few solvability factors and much of their time is spent recovering property and seeking charges for possessing and/or dealing with stolen property.


Victim Advocate


A Victim Advocate is also assigned to this division in order to assist crime victims with the emotional, physical and financial aftermath of a crime. Crime victims also have certain rights within the court system.

Vice, Intelligence & Narcotics Unit (VIN Unit)

  


The VIN Unit conducts investigations of major criminal drug organizations. The VIN Unit is responsible for conducting investigations involving prostitution, narcotics, gambling and liquor law violations.

VIN Detectives are also assigned to work with Federal and State Law Enforcement Agencies in regional task force operations. These Task Forces investigate high level and international narcotics violations and criminal money laundering operations.

When illegal funds are seized from narcotics criminals, the Investigative Services Division oversees the process by which the courts award the funds to law enforcement. The former drug money is then used by law enforcement to enhance police operations and lesson the tax burden for our citizens.