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Bartow Police Department

The Bartow Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency located at 450 N Broadway Avenue in Bartow, FL. The headquarters of the Bartow Police Department is located directly across the street from the courthouse.

With a population of more than 600,000, Bartow serves as the county seat in Polk County.

Since his appointment on July 13, 2009, Joe Hall served as the Chief of Police for the Bartow Police Department. Earlier this year, he abruptly resigned in a letter that indicated his last day would be May 29, 2020.

Prior to Chief Joe Hall, the interim chief in 2008 was David Brooks. Larry G. Williams, Jr. served as the interim director in 2007. Before that, Erik Sandvik served as the chief from 1997 to 1998.

The mission statement of the Bartow Police Department is to “provide a professional service in an effort to prevent crime, reduce fear, and enforce the law.”

The vision statement of the BPD is to “provide a peaceful and safe community where citizens and visitors experience hometown values as well as a superior quality of life.”

Attorney for an Arrest by the Police in Bartow, FL

The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represent clients being investigated by the Bartow Police Department. Criminal investigations often begin with a patrol officer taking the initial report before handing the case over to a detective who is responsible for follow-up on all felony crimes and narcotic investigations.

If you are the target of a criminal investigation, never make a statement to any officer or detective of the Bartow Police Department until after you have sought out advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm are experienced in fighting both felony and misdemeanor charges in Polk County, FL.

Contact us to discuss your case. Call 813-250-0500


Contact Information:

Joe Hall, Chief of Police
Bartow Police Department
450 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830
Non-emergency phone number: 863-534-5034

Divisions and Units of the Bartow Police Department

The Bartow Police Department has the following divisions and units:

  • Patrol Officers
  • Detectives
  • Crime Scene Investigators
  • K-9 Officers
  • Public Safety Aides
  • Victim Advocate
  • Community Services
  • School Resource Officers
  • Crime Analyst
  • Police Explorers Program
  • Neighborhood Watch Program
  • Communications Center that dispatches for both police and fire

The Records Division of BPD is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Records Division also handles any public record request for the department.


History of the Bartow Police Department

The history of the Bartow Police Department can be traced back to more than 100 years ago when the first town Marshal of Bartow was chosen. C.C. Gresham was elected the first town Marshal on July 1, 1882, when the town of Bartow was incorporated.

The Bartow Police Department began as a one-man, 15-hour-a-day department. Today, it has grown to a staff of more than 40 sworn and 25 non-sworn personnel who provide Law Enforcement services to the citizens of Bartow.


Additional Resources

Official Facebook Page of Bartow Police Department – The Bartow Police Department is located across from the courthouse in the Historic City of Bartow. With a small-town atmosphere, it serves as Polk County’s county seat thriving with beautiful oak trees and azaleas.

This article was last updated on Friday, May 22, 2020.

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