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Arrest by Haines City Police Department

More than 50 sworn officers with the police department in Haines City, FL, patrol the 20 square miles of total land area in the city. Officers with the Haines City PD also work closely the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments in Auburndale, Bartow, Dundee, Lake Alfred, Lakeland, Mulberry, and Winter Haven.

The Chief of Police for the Haines City Police Department is Chief James Elensky. As an CALEA-accredited agency, the Haines City Police Department enforces state statutes and city ordinance violations within the city limits.

The non-emergency phone number to the Haines City Police Department is 863-421-3636. The physical address of the police department is 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL, 33844.

When compared to the rest of Florida, Haines City has a crime rate that is higher than 54% of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Haines City, FL

If you were arrested by an officer with the Haines City Police Department, then contact one of the four attorneys at Sammis Law Firm to discuss your case. We also represent clients who are under investigation or have an outstanding arrest warrant.

We understand the standard operating procedures used by this law enforcement agency when making an arrest, gathering evidence, or conducting an investigation.

Our criminal defense attorneys for Polk County, FL, can help you understand the charges pending against you and the best way to fight the case that originated in Haines City, FL.

Call 813-250-0500.


Big Problems with DUI Cases in Haines City, FL

If you were arrested for DUI in Haines City, FL, you should be aware of big problems with the alcohol testing program. It recently came to light that an agency inspector did not complete the required continuing education requirements necessary to maintain a valid breath test operator permit.

This problem should result in the court throwing out any breath tests in Instrument Serial Number 80-001151 maintained by the Haines City Police Department.

According to the Department Inspector Field Notes, Cpl. Ray M. Webber contacted the Department Inspector because of problems with the agency inspector permit status. After discussing the continuing education requirements with him, the FDLE Department Inspector determined that his AI permit is currently expired.

Cpl. Ray M. Webber was told by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement NOT to perform any more agency inspections until he completed the full AI class.

The FDLE Department Inspector spoke with Deputy Chief Jerry Connolly, the second in command at the Haines City PD.

Deputy Chief Connolly told the FDLE Department Inspector that another agency inspector named Sgt. Kevin M. Hager performed agency inspectors for the month of June of 2019. Sgt. Kevin Hager is also the Traffic Unit Supervisor at the Haines City PD.

The monthly inspections performed by Sgt. Kevin M. Hagar on June 11, 2019, is also suspect because FDLE was not advised on the problem immediately. Furthermore, a department inspection was not conducted after this problem was discovered.

After Kevin M. Hager began doing the monthly inspections, an error or exception message was noted on July 24, 2019, because a control test on the .20 g/210L test was noted. The way the problem was resolved and the reason for repeating part of the inspection was not properly documented.

The FDLE Department Inspector compiled a list of Agency Inspections and breath tests that were impacted by the permit issue. Letters were issued to both the Haines City PD and the State Attorney’s Office to explain the problem.

The FDLE Department Inspector reviewed all of the Agency Inspections performed on this machine between 7/8/20198 and 6/5/2019.


Additional Resources

Haines City Police Department on Twitter – Learn more about the history of the Haines City PD which was founded in 1914. The agency’s twitter account also provides information on upcoming events. community outreach projects, and traffic alerts about crashes and accidents.

Haines City Police Department on Facebook –  Find out more about police news, accidents, and “Family Fun Night” events happening in Haines City, FL, on the Facebook page for the police department.


This article was last updated on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

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