As the Chief of Police for the City of Green Cove Springs Police Department, I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to our official website, as it was designed with you in mind and hopefully you will find it informative. Since being hired as your Chief in December 2005, one of my continuing goals is to be more informative to the public through the use of modern technology. To achieve this goal, we are constantly working to make this website more user friendly and enlightening. Please take the time to explore all of the links available, as we have made a concerted effort to provide for your informational needs. Another one of my goals was, and remains, the implementation of a strong Community Policing effort throughout the City of Green Cove Springs, so that we are more visible and responsive to our citizens and visitors. A high level of public satisfaction and citizen input are our greatest assets, when we look to expand and improve any area of the Police Department.
The Police Department is currently comprised of 19 full time officers, 7 part time officers, 4 full time 911 dispatchers, 2 school crossing guards, a full time staff assistant and a part time Evidence Custodian. The department is divided into Administration, Community Patrol, a Criminal Investigations Unit, a Marine Unit, and a Traffic Unit.
The department was the first in the county to establish a full time “Street Crimes Unit” and participates in the countywide Drug Task Force, SWAT Team and has a full time officer assigned to the Jacksonville Metro DEA Task Force. In addition to these specialized assignments, the police department is active in the North East Florida Intelligence Unit, North East Florida Burglary Detectives Unit, Northeast Florida Investigative Support Center, the Violent Crime Regional Coordinating Team, Sex Assault Task Force, and Domestic Violence Task Force.
The department functions as a highly trained force, serving a diverse community and handled approximately 32,974 calls for service in 2011, with an average response time of 2 minutes for calls of an emergency nature. The department is a proactive, technology-minded agency, utilizing advanced techniques and equipment in its efforts to prevent and solve crime. The department makes use of Mobile Data Terminals (MDT’s) in all of their patrol vehicles for reporting and obtaining information on the streets. All officers receive advanced training in law enforcement as well as career development. To address the future growth of the city, plans are now underway to construct a 16,000 square foot police station on 3.2 acres of land already purchased by the city.
The City of Green Cove Springs is located in southeastern Clay County, on the beautiful St. John’s River, and proudly serves as the county seat. Located just 30 minutes south of the City of Jacksonville, or 30 minutes west of the City of St. Augustine, the city’s full time population is approximately 7,000 and growing, with several new residential communities presently under construction. During the workweek, the city's population swells to over 15,000, due to State Road 16 and Highway 17 running directly through the city and the influx of workers and visitors. The city currently covers 12.4 square miles of land and waterways, with a utilities service area of approximately 28.2 square miles.
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