Plant City Police Department

  • Agency: Plant City Police Department
  • Address: 1 Police Place, P.O. Box 4709, Plant City, 33566 FL
  • Chief:
Phone: 813-757-9200
Fax: 813-757-9121
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Plant City Police Department is located at 1 Police Place, P.O. Box 4709, Plant City, 33566 FL. The Plant City Police Department phone number is 813-757-9200.

Plant City Police Department News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Incident Date / Time: November 9, 2017 Incident Location: Plant City Police Department, 1 Police Place, Plant City, Florida Release Date / Time: November 09, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Plant City Police Department Awarded Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant The Plant City Police Department is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a grant recipient of a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant. The grant awarded twenty-five Automated External Defibrillator (AED) batteries, which we will be used to replace existing batteries of AEDs in the Uniformed Patrol Division. AED units are invaluable to public safety officers in that they allow for a quick and easy response to someone having a cardiac event. By issuing them to the on duty patrol officers, it provides a wide radius of coverage for usage of this potentially lifesaving equipment. Chief of Police Ed Duncan, as well as the men and women of the Plant City Police Department are honored to have been selected for this grant award from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. We look forward to a continued community partnership with the Foundation. On behalf of the community of which we serve, we say “Thank You, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation”. ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION: In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $29.5 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $4.8 million in Florida. Media Contact: Sergeant Alfred Van Duyne #240 Media Contact Email & Tel #: avanduyne@plantcitypolice.com (813) 707-2249

The Plant City Police Department is asking for community assistance in identifying the owner of the white van in the photograph below in connection with active investigations. Anyone who may have information please contact Detective Chad Rader at (813) 707-2233

The Plant City Police Department is reminding everyone to watch for our little pedestrians tonight. Plant City's residential areas will be crowded tonight with little ghosts and goblins. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE use extra caution when driving tonight. The PCPD will be out in full force this evening so if you see an unsafe situation please don't hesitate calling 757-9200 or 911. HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN PLANT CITY!

The Plant City Police Department welcomed two new officers to the family today. Officers Larry Eakins and Francisco Rosales Jr. were sworn in by Chief Ed Duncan in a traditional ceremony. Officer Eakins dedicated 24 honorable years of service as a Hillsborough County Deputy. Officer Francisco Rosales Jr. fulfilled a life long dream of becoming a Plant City Officer after being inspired by the officers and detectives that rallied around their family after his Father was murdered in our City. both officers possess unlimited potential and talents advantageous to our police department, our City, and our citizens - and both are welcomed additions to our Plant City Police “family”.

On October 18, 2017 at approximately 10:30 a.m., a silver Chrysler minivan pulled into the Marathon gas station along side of a white Toyota Prius that was parked next to a gas pump. The gas station is located at 2851 Thonotosassa Road West in Plant City. While the victim was inside the store, a gold Nissan Quest can be seen on surveillance video stopping in front of both vehicles. At the same time, the driver's side rear passenger door of the Chrysler minivan opens and a white or Hispanic male exits. The suspect can be seen taking an object from the minivan, leaning over the Prius and using the object to break the rear passenger window of the car. The suspect entered the victim's vehicle, took property which included a large amount of currency, then reenters the Chrysler minivan. The suspect was wearing black gloves, a blue shirt, light colored pants, blue or dark shoes and a hat. Detectives believe that occupants of both minivans participated in the crime together. After the burglary, both vehicles leave the parking lot at the same time, heading toward Interstate 4. Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspects involved in this case. Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com, or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application. Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.

The Plant City Police Department recieved a visit from several business owners, managers and representatives who came together for Operation "Pay it Forward 2017" This wonderful and thoughtful gesture resulted the donation of 96 Yeti 30 oz. cups, which were enough for each of the sworn and civilian members of PCPD. The cups were filled with notepads, pens, hand sanitizer and mints!! Chief Ed Duncan and his staff were sure to not miss this photo opportunity! Thank you to all of the businesses who participated, your kindness and generosity are GREATLY appreciated!!

***Please Vote*** This year, the Aftermath K9 Grant will award a total of $15,000 in grants to five departments and their existing or prospective K9 programs for maintenance, safety equipment, or officer training. Officers and community members nominate and vote for local departments; the top five departments with the most votes will be awarded the grants.

**TRAFFIC ALERT** The Plant City Police Department is requesting motorist avoid the area around Plant City Stadium/Park Rd. The State of Florida has set up a "Food for Florida" disaster assistance give away at the stadium, traffic is currently backed up south and east bound to the stadium on Park Rd. We anticipate traffic to moderate as the event opens today at 8:00am. This Food for Florida event will continue until next Tuesday.

**TRAFFIC ALERT** The Plant City Police Department is requesting motorist avoid the area around Plant City Stadium/Park Rd. The State of Florida has set up a "Food for Florida" disaster assistance give away at the stadium, traffic is currently backed up south and east bound to the stadium on Park Rd. We anticipate traffic to moderate as the event opens today at 8:00am. This Food for Florida event will continue until next Tuesday.

The Plant City Police Department was honored to have Publix come to our headquarters on Friday with a card of encouragement and quite possibly the best cake in the known universe. Publix has been a long time community partner of the PCPD and we thank them for taking time to visit with us.

The Plant City Police Department is a supporter of Jensen's Heart of Gold Play for a Cure. Please join us this Saturday at Plant City's historic Train Depot for a day of games, activities, food, and fun for the kids.

The Plant City Police Department is asking for community assistance in identifying the subjects in the photographs below in connection with active investigations. Anyone who may have information as to the identity of the subjects is asked to please contact Detective Trent Eckard at (813) 707-2254

How you can help in the Hurricane Irma recovery efforts PLANT CITY, Fla. — Volunteers are a critical part of a well-coordinated and well-resourced humanitarian response after a natural disaster. The City of Plant City encourages individuals who wish to volunteer in the recovery efforts here at home and around the State of Florida to first do so through organizations such as churches, civic organizations, food banks, and the American Red Cross. If you would like more information on how you can help the City of Plant City Government, please contact our Human Resources Department at (813) 659-4200. You may also email the City’s Community Services Director, Karen Collins, at kcollins@plantcitygov.com. For your safety, do not self-deploy. If you wish to volunteer in other areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, confirm volunteers are needed before traveling to those areas. For additional information about whether volunteer services are needed and where, please visit www.volunteerflorida.org or the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.

Disaster Assistance Resources Are Available for Plant City Residents and Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma Update No. 30 Plant City residents impacted by Hurricane Irma are eligible for individual disaster assistance. Residents can easily access federal disaster assistance through the FEMA mobile app available in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. The app allows residents to upload and share photos of damage, access local resources, and toggle between English and Spanish. Assistance can also be requested by filling out an online questionnaire and aid application at DisasterAssistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585). Those with access to the Internet are encouraged to apply that way. The City of Plant City continues to assess damage to businesses in order to provide resources for recovery. Business owners are highly encouraged to complete an online survey or report preliminary damage assessments to the State of Florida at FLVBEOC.org. Businesses may also be eligible for recovery assistance at SBA.gov/Disaster or 1-800-659-2955.

The Plant City Police Department would like to thank the Tampa Electric Company for the efforts in getting our City back in business. TECO's efforts in organizing this gargantuan task of restoring power and getting life back to normal for our citizens has not gone unnoticed. TECO was VERY responsive to numerous calls of dangerous and life threatening situations in regards to lines down during and immediately after Hurricane Irma. Although we're not all back on line yet it is evident TECO is working day and night to restore the remaining pockets of electric service. It is an honor and privilege to assist TECO and their many partners from out of state exiting their staging area at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Information learned from the latest Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing Hurricane Irma Room Inventory as of: 2pm on 9/13/17 shows a 160 room availability in hotels throughout the county. For assistance locating these rooms, please contact Visit Central Florida at 863-420-2586 PCPD is simply forwarding this information for those who may be displaced from their homes due to Hurricane Irma. We are not responsible for accuracy of this listing.

As many people have found themselves without power, some are using generators. Since the storm has passed there have been several incidents reported of carbon monoxide poisoning. Portable generators are useful during power outages, but improper use can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards. Cooking in enclosed areas with gas grills is also extremely dangerous. Here is what you should know: · Generators and gas grills should be operated in well-ventilated locations, outdoors, away from all doors, windows and vent openings. · Never use a generator or gas grill in an attached garage, even with the door open. · Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building. · Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height. · Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running. · Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled. Store the containers outside of living areas. Propane tanks should also be turned off when not in use and stored outdoors. · Do not connect a generator to your home’s electrical system without a licensed electrician providing a means to connect. Improper wiring creates the danger of back feeding the power system, energizing downed lines and fatally electrocuting anyone that contacts those lines. The Department of Health reminds you that you cannot see or smell CO, and portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY. DO NOT DELAY. If you have a poisoning emergency, call your nearest Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 immediately

As storm clean up continues we want to remind everyone to use EXTREME CAUTION while driving. We still have major intersections without working traffic lights, treat theses as 4-way stops but with even more caution. Just because you obey the law doesn't mean the other driver will. This crash just occurred at Park Rd. next to Stingray Chevrolet because someone failed to treat an inoperative traffic light as a 4-way. Thanks to our friend Steve Hurley from Stingray for his in the field reporting. Stay safe Plant City!

LOST IN THE STORM - PCPD officers found a lost dog this morning while clearing roads. Daisy, as the officers have affectionately named her was found in the area of Townsgate Apartments (Thonotosassa//Goldfinch Rd). If you know anything about Daisy please let us know something so we can get her back home.

The clean up effort starts

We were out at sun up this morning with "Push Crews". All of the main thoroughfares are open, City crews are beginning to work on the smaller arteries. We have lots of standing water and live power lines on the ground. If you can stay off the roads today we highly encourage that.

PCPD resumed normal patrol operations at 0200 hrs. teams have been out accessing the damage. The City has many trees and debris in the roadways, live power lines down, standing water in the streets. Currently we are responding to a house fire at Spooner//Thonotosassa Rd.

Looks like worst is over on south end of town. We will start sending pics out as soon as the sun comes up. All non-emergency lines are down, Frontier working to restore. All 911 lines are operational.

- Tree across roadway @ 1202 W Baker St. - Power line down @ 902 W Mclendon St. Officers have been told to take shelter, however PCPD will be responding to in progress major crimes.

Tree down at Oak Street and Mobley Street