"In recognition of our responsibility to be responsive to the needs of our community, the Punta Gorda Police Department shall nurture trust by providing quality police services that promote the highest quality of life and a sense of safety for all residents, businesses and guests.
We recognize and affirm that we shall work in partnership with the community for the good of the community we serve."
With these words the men and women of the Punta Gorda Police Department strive to be the best police department in Southwest Florida. The above mission is achieved with values and integrity. The following values are our commitments to you.
A commitment to quality services, delivered in a responsive, efficient, and professional manner.
A commitment to productivity which encourages creative flexibility and accountability to address changing needs.
A commitment to a positive work environment built on honesty, trust and loyalty.
A commitment to community goals which also meet the needs of individuals.
The Police Department lives by the above mission statement and values. Due to the efforts of its dedicated employees, the Department is accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). The Department's efforts have provided the citizens of the City of Punta Gorda with a Department that practices problem-oriented policing and prides itself on the level of customer service and the many problem-solving partnerships that it has established with the citizens and businesses it serves.
The Police Department has 46 total employees, broken down into the following positions:
Chief of Police
Patrol Officers (14)
School Resource Officers (3)
Marine Officer (1)
Property & Evidence Technician (1)
Accreditation Manager (1)
Records Specialists (3)
Communications Supervisor (1)
The Department is divided into two divisions; Operations and Support Services, both of which are headed by a Captain. The divisions are further subdivided into the following sections: Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Employee Development, Community Services, Records, and Communications. All sections are headed by a Lieutenant or a civilian supervisor who reports to the respective Captain who then reports directly to the Chief of Police.