The Punta Gorda Police Department is divided into two divisions, the Operations Division and the Support Services Division. The Operations Division is headed by Captain Norm Nahra who oversees the following:
Uniformed Patrol Section
The Uniformed Patrol Section is made up of four squads. Each squad consists of a lieutenant, a corporal, and three officers. Patrol officers work 12-hour shifts beginning at 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and rotate between working day shift and night shift every three months. The Uniformed Patrol Section is responsible for responding to calls for service, conducting proactive patrols, traffic enforcement, and misdemeanor investigations. When you call the police department the officer that responds will most likely be from our Uniformed Patrol Section.
Criminal Investigations Section
The Criminal Investigation Section consists of a lieutenant, a corporal, and two detectives. This section is responsible for all felony investigations.
The Reserve Unit is made up of fully sworn and certified officers who volunteer their time with the police department. Reserve officers go through the same training as full-time officers. Our reserve unit is often used for special events, dedicated traffic enforcement, or any time additional officers may be necessary.
The Employee Development Lieutenant oversees recruitment, training, and career development for department employees, both sworn and civilian.
The Punta Gorda Police Department has one full-time Marine Patrol Officer as well as many trained marine volunteers dedicated to protecting our customers within the 55 miles of canal systems and surrounding waterways. The department recognizes the need to enforce marine related laws and ordinances not only to keep a safe environment for our boating customers but also to preserve our protected marine life. The department currently has two marine vessels and coordinates with the Dive Team to complete a full service delivery channel in search and recovery efforts.
The Punta Gorda Police Department has several specialty teams including the Canine Team, Bike Team, and Honor Guard. In addition, the police department participates in a joint SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team and a joint Dive Team with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. All officers who are members of specialty teams do so in addition to their normal assignments.