Members of the Punta Gorda Police Department participate in a number of specialty team and specialty assignments.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
The Punta Gorda Police Department does not maintain a departmental SWAT Team, however, in a cooperative effort the police department provides sworn members to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office for a combines SWAT Team. The primary responsibility of the SWAT Team is to provide specialized services in support of law enforcement operations which require the use of special weapons or tactics such as executing warrants or standoff situations.
The Canine Team currently consists of two canine handlers and two canines. The Punta Gorda Police Department canines are Labrador Retrievers trained in the detection of drugs and the tracking of missing children or endangered persons. One of our handlers and canine, Officer Dean Irving and K9 Chase are assigned to Charlotte High School as School Resource Officers. Our other handler and canine, Officer Juan Gonzalez and K9 Skye, are assigned to patrol.
Police Bike Team
The Police Bike Team is made up of specially trained officers for the purpose of augmenting patrols, providing bicycle education and outreach, and providing patrol for events when vehicle patrols are not feasible.
Search and Recovery Dive Team
The Search and Recovery Dive Team responds for the purpose of conducting underwater searches and recovery operations.
Marine Rapid Response Team
The Marine Rapid Response Team is available to assist the Marine Unit in emergency situations that require a response by boat.
Honor Guard Team
The Honor Guard Team serves as official representatives of the Punta Gorda Police Department and coordinate department involvement in ceremonies, events, and funerals. They also serve as subject matter experts for the department in ceremonial and flag etiquette.
The Motor Team is made up of officers with specialized training in police motorcycle operations. This team is meant to supplement traffic patrols as well as represent the department, in conjunction with the Honor Guard, in parades, ceremonies, and funerals.
The Communications Training Operator(CTO) & Field Training Officer (FTO) Team is responsible for training all new Public Safety Dispatchers and Police Officers. New employees are assigned directly to a CTO or FTO for each portions of their initial training.
Department Recruiters assist with the police department's recruiting efforts in order to hire the best police officers, public safety dispatchers, and professional staff members.
Traffic Homicide Investigators
Officers assigned as Traffic Homicide Investigators receive specialized advanced training in traffic crash investigation and reconstruction. Traffic Homicide Investigators respond to crashes involving a fatality or serious injury.
CISM Tri-County Team
The Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Tri-County Team serves first responders in Charlotte, Lee, and Hendry Counties. The team responds to provide peer support to first responders involved in critical incidents or traumatic stress events in the line of duty. The Punta Gorda Police Department has members assigned to the CISM Tri-County Team.
Accreditation Assessor Team
The Punta Gorda Police Department has several members trained as Accreditation Assessors. These members may serve as assessors at other departments throughout the State of Florida and assist the Punta Gorda Police Department in ensuring ongoing compliance with all accreditation standards.