Palmetto Police Department

  • Agency: Palmetto Police Department
  • Address: 1115 10th St. W., Palmetto, 34221 FL
  • Chief: Garry Lowe (Chief of Police)
Phone: (941) 721-2000
Fax: (941) 723-4816

Palmetto Police Department is located at 1115 10th St. W., Palmetto, 34221 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Garry Lowe. The Palmetto Police Department phone number is (941) 721-2000.

Palmetto Police Department News

Case # 17002859

UNITY DAY: Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Wednesday, October 25, 2017 October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month! Learn what you can do to prevent bullying. When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Click below to see how you can help stop bullying today.

“Like” if your doors are locked! #9pmroutine #lockitorloseit

National Teen Driver Safety Week is a great time to start talking to your teens about the rules of the road. Remember to continue the conversation all year long by sharing these rules with them!

*** PLEASE READ *** The Palmetto Police Department's Facebook page is not monitored 24/7, therefore, please do not utilize the private message function to request a call for service such as reporting a crime or civil violation (i.e. noise ordinance violations). The Facebook message tool should be used for general questions, comments, or general contact messages. For non-emergencies, please call our main number, (941) 721-2000. For emergencies of course, call 911. If you are wanting to submit a tip that does not require immediate follow-up, you can call our main line listed above, send an email to or you can utilize the options set up for Manatee Crime Stoppers via their website (, their Facebook page ( or call the tip line at 1-866-634-tips. We thank you for your support and it is our pleasure to serve our community!

It’s one of the biggest milestones in a teen’s life – getting his or her driver’s license. However, this step toward independence and freedom also means a greater responsibility for you and your teen. As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs from October 15-21, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging parents to start a conversation about safety with their teen driver. Let your young driver know that obeying the rules of the road is a prerequisite for the privilege of driving. If you're unsure of where to start, what driving patterns are riskiest for teens, or just want some general information about teen driving, join us as we partner with the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety for a #TeenDriver Twitter Chat. They will have experts available to answer your questions. Make sure to use the hashtag #TeenDriver and tag us @NHTSAgov. Teen driving affects everyone on the road, so if you have a teen in your life, it's the perfect place to gather information, or serve as a reminder to talk to your teens daily about the importance of safety behind the wheel. Who: NHTSA and NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety What: #TeenDriver When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 3-4 p.m. ET Where: How: Follow the conversation using the hashtag #TeenDriver. Feel free to mention @NHTSAgov in any of your tweets and they will return as many questions and comments as they can! ________________________________________ Follow NHTSA on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest recalls and safety campaigns.

Prepare Your Teen Driver for the Road Ahead National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 15-21, 2017 The Palmetto Police Department is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration during National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 15-21) to encourage all parents to talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States - ahead of all other types of injury, disease or violence. In 2015, 1,972 teen passenger-vehicle drivers (15 to 18 years old) were involved in fatal traffic crashes, resulting in 2,207 deaths nationwide, of which 1,730 were teens. An estimated 99,000 teen drivers of passenger vehicles were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Parents can play an important role in helping ensure their teen drivers take smart steps to stay safe on the road. NHTSA gives parents tips on how to talk about safe driving behaviors with their teens and to address the most dangerous and deadly driving behaviors for teen drivers: alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and driving with passengers. NHTSA’s website,, has detailed information and statistics on teen driving and outlines the basic rules parents can use to help reduce the risks for teen drivers.

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How To Avoid Scams & Fake Charities In Aftermath Of Hurricane Irma With millions of people affected by the ravages of Hurricane Irma, there will inevitably be a second flood hitting Florida in the weeks to come: Scammers and con artists looking to prey on people who have been displaced, whose homes need extensive repairs, and on the rest of us who want to help by donating to a cause that will help them. There are many ways that fraudsters try to victimize storm survivors a second time, but the three most common ways to take advantage of this situation involve posting sham rental listings for people flooded out of their homes, repair scams that take your money but do little or no repair work, and bogus charities that promise to help Hurricane-ravaged areas but just want to siphon off your cash. How To Avoid Home Repair Scams If your home has been damaged by the storm, you may be approached by supposed contractors offering to fix things up for you. But anyone can claim to be a contractor; that doesn’t mean they are one, or that they will actually do any of the work you pay for. • Avoid complete strangers: Rather than deal with contractors who show up on your doorstep, check around to find one whose previous work can be vouched for — by friends, family, neighbors. If the contractor or repair specialist offers up references, be sure to check them out. You can probably contact local trade organizations to find bona fide contractors in your area. • License to fix: Many home repair specialists are licensed by their respective states. For example, in Florida, the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulation has an online portal to verify professional licenses for certain repair-related specialists, like electricians and mold remediation services. Note that licensing requirements and disclosures vary by each state. • Where’s Your Insurance? The contractor should be able to provide you with proof of insurance so you know that you’re not liable if they fall off a ladder, or on the hook if their dumpster does damage to your property. • No full payment up front: No honest contractor will demand full payment up front, and a scam artist will flee a job as soon as they’ve gotten all the money. Make sure you’ve agreed to a payment schedule that requires the work is completed before the contractor receives the full balance. Using a credit card instead of cash (or debit card) offers additional protections against scams. How To Tell If A Charity Is A Scam There are certain red-flag behaviors that should alert you to the likelihood you’re being duped by a bogus charity. The anti-scam folks at the Federal Trade Commission have this checklist for dealing with a possible charity to make sure you’re not getting hosed: Don’t be shy about asking who wants your money: If you’re solicited for a donation, ask if the caller is a paid fundraiser, who they work for, and the percentage of your donation that will go to the charity and to the fundraiser. If you don’t get a clear answer — or if you don’t like the answer you get — consider donating to a different organization. Call the charity: Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. If not, you may be dealing with a scam artist. Contact the office that regulates charitable organizations and charitable solicitations in your state: The National Association of State Charity Officials has contact information for regulators in each state available on its website. Fake Rental Listings With so many homes damaged by the storm, families all over the region will be looking for a place to live. This also means that evil jerks will try to take advantage of them by using bogus apartment and house rental listings. Scammers post fake rental listings in the hope of swindling victims out of “deposit” money or a supposed fee for a credit check that never occurs. If someone claiming to be a landlord or property manager requires that you send this money via wire transfer before ever seeing the property, it’s a huge red flag that something is wrong. Never rent a home or apartment from someone you don’t see in person, and when looking for an apartment never wire money or give out your bank account or credit card information over the phone or internet.

BRIDGE CLOSING The Skyway Bridge has been shut down due to winds.

EFFECTIVE 7am FRIDAY - Voluntary Level A Evacuation (Red Zone on the map and all manufactured homes). Shelters opening at 4pm Friday will be Braden River HS, Mills Elem, and Myakka City Elem. For more information, visit

Sandbags for City of Palmetto residents will be available for distribution today (09/06/17) from 8:00am – 3:00pm at 601- 17th St W, the Public Works Facility.

Join us in congratulating two promotions within the ranks of our patrol division. Corporal Garret Makeever has been promoted to Sergeant and Officer Luciano "Lou" Diaz has been promoted to Corporal. Congratulations, gentlemen!

Case #'s 17002425 & 17002525

It is against Florida law (FSS 501.160 and FSS 501.204) to "price gouge" during a declared State of Emergency. This includes the following items: food, water, ice, chemicals, petroleum products and lumber necessary for consumption or as use as a direct result of the emergency. This is enforced by civil penalty against the business and is not a classified crime. The Florida Attorney General has a hotline for reports of price gouging : 1-866-966-7226. We urge consumers to utilize the hotline. A link is provided below for more information and resources regarding storm preparation and price gouging.

Sandbags for City of Palmetto residents will be available for distribution today (09/06/17) from 8:00am – 3:00pm at 601- 17th St W, the Public Works Facility. City residents (ID required) are allowed an allotment of ten bags each.

Hurricane Irma Threatens Florida: What Manatee County Residents Need To Know Find out where to go in the Manatee County area for evacuation, shelter and preparedness information as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida. As powerful, Category 5 Hurricane Irma makes her way toward the Sunshine State, residents are being urged to prepare. While it’s still too early to tell what path Irma will ultimately take, forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office are asking residents to get ready and to monitor the storm’s progress. Preparation is the key to safety and now is the time to review your family’s hurricane action plan, and be prepared to set that plan into action should it become necessary later this week. Manatee County Emergency Management office provides a wealth of information on its website. Follow these links for specific information on:

The Palmetto Police Department held a retirement celebration today for Sergeant George LaGasse. Sergeant LaGasse served the City of Palmetto for 35 years! Prior to working with us, Sergeant LaGasse was a patrol Officer with the Anna Maria Police Department. He began his career with Palmetto PD as a patrolman in 1981 and soon moved into CID as a Detective, a position he retired from in 2001. Sergeant LaGasse decided that he wasn't done serving the community yet and came back to work full time as a patrol Officer in 2002. After a short time, he moved back into CID as a Detective and a few years later, promoted to Sergeant in the patrol division where he finished his "2nd career" this week. Sergeant LaGasse is remaining on our reserves because he still isn't quite ready to hang up his shield. Join us in Congratulating Sergeant LaGasse in his retirement and expressing our gratitude for his 35 years of service to this City and the Police Department. Best wishes in retirement, George, and thank you for your service!

Case # 17002469

Lock It Or Lose It The Palmetto Police Department developed a public education and crime prevention program, "Lock It or Lose It", to remind citizens that many property crimes can be prevented by simply locking home doors, garage doors, windows, and vehicle doors. Even if nothing has been stolen, the thought of a stranger being in your home or vehicle can be very stressing and feel like a violation of your security. Some people blame themselves if they forgot to secure a window or door, or if they were tricked by the burglar, but it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault. There are some things you can do to help reduce the impact of a burglary and to improve your home security: •Try to get your home secured as quickly as possible. Look into ways of making your home more secure for the future. Some security measures can be expensive, but there are other things you can do that cost much less, such as leaving lights or a radio on when you go out and checking that all doors and windows are properly closed and locked. The Palmetto Police Department Crime Prevention Officer can complete a residential security survey to give you home security advice. •If important documents have been stolen, you’ll also need to let banks, government departments and other organizations know. Things to check for include bank cards, check books, passports, social security cards,birth certificates and driver's license. It’s important to notify your financial institution and the three credit bureaus as soon as possible so that they can stop fraud and prevent any further theft.

ARREST WARRANT FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER Palmetto Police Detectives need to locate LAZANDIOUS MARSHALL RANDALL JR. He is to be considered armed and dangerous and has an active arrest warrant for Attempted Murder out of this agency. If you have any information, do not attempt to confront Randall Jr., instead contact your local law enforcement agency listed below. You can submit anonymous information to any agency or to Manatee Crime Stoppers via or by calling 1-866-634-TIPS. Palmetto Police Department (941) 721-2000 Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (941) 747-3011 Bradenton Police Department (941) 932-9300

Just a Reminder !