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

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The City of Palmetto has been experiencing a number of vehicle burglaries to unlocked vehicles and vehicle thefts where the vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside. The Palmetto Police Department would like to remind everyone to keep your valuables out of sight, lock your cars and to take your keys with you. Although, sometimes there is no stopping a thief willing to force entry to a vehicle, many of these incidents are crimes of opportunity that could be thwarted by simply following this rule... Hide, Lock, Take. And as always, don't hesitate to call 911 or the direct line to the Police Department {(941) 721-2000} to report any suspicious activity. Have a great week and be safe.

The Palmetto Police Department is requesting your help to identify persons of interest in various cases. Tips can be submitted via Facebook, to the Department via telephone @ (941) 721-2000 or tips@palmettopolice.com or anonymously to Crimestoppers @ www.manateecrimestoppers.com or 1-866-634-tips

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Silas Foust spoke to Officer Peters this past weekend and told him that his birthday was Sunday. Officer Peters got together with his squad and they purchased some gifts and gave Silas a special visit wishing him a happy 4th birthday!

The Palmetto Police Department is requesting your help to identify persons of interest in various cases. Tips can be submitted via Facebook, to the Department via telephone @ (941) 721-2000 or tips@palmettopolice.com or anonymously to Crimestoppers @ www.manateecrimestoppers.com or 1-866-634-tips

UPDATE>>> The suspect and child have been identified and the suspect is in custody thanks to authorities in Alabama and Detroit. Article link in comment below. We have been receiving calls about this video that has been circulating and are aware. It has been determined by multiple agencies that this video was generated out of the state of Florida, possibly in Alabama. If you receive this video as a share or by any other means, report it to Facebook and delete it. DO NOT SHARE IT or create another post as circulating this video only creates more exposure for the victim.

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Be On the Look Out... The Palmetto Police Department has active warrants for Gregory Alan Parker's arrest. He drives a Toyota Tacoma similar to the one pictured. Anyone with any information on Parker's location is urged to call the Department via telephone @ (941) 721-2000 or email us at tips@palmettopolice.com or anonymously to Crimestoppers @ www.manateecrimestoppers.com or 1-866-634-tips

A Message From Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler About The Dangers of Mishandling Firearms and Falling Bullets As your Chief of Police, it is my job to ensure that all citizens of the City of Palmetto are safe. Your security and safety are very important and I need your assistance as the “eyes and ears” of our community. Please take a moment and read this important information regarding a very dangerous holiday practice. We at the Palmetto Police Department are aware of citizens that celebrate holidays by discharging firearms into the air. This practice is for more dangerous that many people realize. Concern: A bullet fired into the air can reach an altitude of up to two miles. As the bullet falls downward, it can reach a speed of 300 feet per second or more. A bullet traveling at that speed could cause injury, possibly even penetrating the human skull. The “danger zone” of a single falling bullet may encompass nearly two miles. Discharging a firearms in this manner is also a crime. Reminder: Discharging a firearm into the air is not only dangerous; it is also against the law. Un Mensaje De La Jefe De Policía De Palmetto Scott Tyler Sobre los peligros de manejar mal los armas de fuego y las balas que caen Como su jefe de la policía, es mi trabajo asegurarse de que todos los ciudadanos de la ciudad de Palmetto estan seguros. Su seguridad y su ayuda son muy importantes y yo necesito su ayuda como los “ojos y los oídos” de nuestra comunidad. Por favor tome un momento y lea esta importante información para ayudarme a preservar la seguridad de nuestra comunidad. . En el Departamento de Policía de Palmetto estamos enterados que hay ciudadanos que celebran días de fiesta descargando los armas de fuego en el aire. El peligro en esta práctica es enorme y no algo que pueda realiza a menudo. Preocupación: Una bala encendida en el aire puede alcanzar una altitud de hasta dos millas. Mientras que cae la bala hacia abajo, puede alcanzar una velocidad de 300 pies por segundo o más. Una bala que viaja a esta velocidad podría causar lesiones, y posiblemente penetrar el esqueleto humano. La “zona peligrosa” de las bala perdida abarca aproximadamente dos millas. Los leyes en la Florida y la ciudad del Palmetto son severos para esta violación. Descargar un arma de fuego en público puede significar hasta un año en la prisión. Recordatorio; Descargar una arma de fuego en ei aire es no solamente peligroso; está también contra la ley.

A Message From Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler About The Dangers of Mishandling Firearms and Falling Bullets As your Chief of Police, it is my job to ensure that all citizens of the City of Palmetto are safe. Your security and safety are very important and I need your assistance as the “eyes and ears” of our community. Please take a moment and read this important information regarding a very dangerous holiday practice. We at the Palmetto Police Department are aware of citizens that celebrate holidays by discharging firearms into the air. This practice is for more dangerous that many people realize. Concern: A bullet fired into the air can reach an altitude of up to two miles. As the bullet falls downward, it can reach a speed of 300 feet per second or more. A bullet traveling at that speed could cause injury, possibly even penetrating the human skull. The “danger zone” of a single falling bullet may encompass nearly two miles. Discharging a firearms in this manner is also a crime. Reminder: Discharging a firearm into the air is not only dangerous; it is also against the law. Un Mensaje De La Jefe De Policía De Palmetto Scott Tyler Sobre los peligros de manejar mal los armas de fuego y las balas que caen Como su jefe de la policía, es mi trabajo asegurarse de que todos los ciudadanos de la ciudad de Palmetto estan seguros. Su seguridad y su ayuda son muy importantes y yo necesito su ayuda como los “ojos y los oídos” de nuestra comunidad. Por favor tome un momento y lea esta importante información para ayudarme a preservar la seguridad de nuestra comunidad. . En el Departamento de Policía de Palmetto estamos enterados que hay ciudadanos que celebran días de fiesta descargando los armas de fuego en el aire. El peligro en esta práctica es enorme y no algo que pueda realiza a menudo. Preocupación: Una bala encendida en el aire puede alcanzar una altitud de hasta dos millas. Mientras que cae la bala hacia abajo, puede alcanzar una velocidad de 300 pies por segundo o más. Una bala que viaja a esta velocidad podría causar lesiones, y posiblemente penetrar el esqueleto humano. La “zona peligrosa” de las bala perdida abarca aproximadamente dos millas. Los leyes en la Florida y la ciudad del Palmetto son severos para esta violación. Descargar un arma de fuego en público puede significar hasta un año en la prisión. Recordatorio; Descargar una arma de fuego en ei aire es no solamente peligroso; está también contra la ley.

The Palmetto Police Department would like to invite you to participate in our next Palmetto Police Department Citizen’s Academy. The Academy will start on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, and run every Tuesday night through March 13th (7 pm to 10:00 pm each night). Participants will learn about what it takes to become a police officer, police training, police use of force, and all aspects of the Palmetto Police Department’s operations. The Academy is interactive, with opportunities to participate in realistic scenarios that will put you in the shoes of your police officers (safely, of course!). It is also a great opportunity to meet the men and women that serve our community. If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact Detective Chris Cavazos at 941-723-4587 x6124. See you all at the police academy!

Holidays Help Keep Your Holidays Safe and Happy. It’s that time of year again when we enjoy festive meals with family and friends, deck our halls with colorful decorations and listen to squeals of delight as our children open their brightly-wrapped presents. To help ensure your kids have fun and stay safe this holiday, here are a few tips to remember. Hard Facts In 2012, 3,270 children 19 and under were seen in emergency rooms for injuries caused by nonelectric holiday decorations, like broken ornaments. In 2012, an estimated 192,000 children were treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury. And in the same year, an estimated 136,314 children ages 19 and under were injured due to a fire or burn. Top Tips 1 Natural trees look beautiful and smell great, but if they’re not watered regularly, needles can dry out and pose a potential fire hazard. Make sure your tree has plenty of water by checking it regularly. 2 Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep. 3 Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game this holiday season. It’s worth a second to read the instructions to make sure the gift is just right 4 Keep a special eye on small pieces, including button batteries that may be included in electronic toys. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings. 5 Kids love to reach, so to prevent burns from hot holiday food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. 6 Kids are curious and will want to play with the ornaments on the tree, so you might as well prepare. Move the ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks towards the top of the tree. That makes room at the bottom for the ones that are safer for young kids.

The Palmetto Police Department is pleased to offer residential and commercial security surveys to the residents and business owners in the City of Palmetto. This confidential security survey is a free service offered to you by the Palmetto Police Department. It is designed to reduce your vulnerability to crime by identifying existing or potential security weaknesses. Although the recommendations are effective, there is no guarantee you will not be victimized by crime. If good security practices are in effect, the surveys can help you minimize your risk to criminal activity. The security survey covers such topics as: • Perimeter fencing/gates • Landscaping • Exterior lighting • Exterior doors • Windows • Locks • Vehicle theft prevention • Operation Identification If you would like to schedule a security survey, please contact the Palmetto Police Department at (941)721-2000, Ext. 6124.

Be careful this morning.

How to Spot Credit Card Skimmers Here are some tricks for spotting card skimmers. You can’t spot every skimmer, but you should definitely take a quick look around before withdrawing money. •Jiggle the Card Reader: If the card reader moves around when you try to jiggle it with your hand, something probably isn’t right. A real card reader should be attached to the terminal so well that it won’t move around—a skimmer overlaid over the card reader may move around. •Look at the Terminal: Take a quick look at the payment terminal itself. Does anything look a bit out of place? Perhaps the bottom panel is a different color from the rest of the machine because it’s a fake piece of plastic placed over the real bottom panel and the keypad. Perhaps there’s an odd-looking object that contains a camera. •Examine the Keypad: Does the keypad look a bit too thick, or different from how it usually looks if you’ve used the machine before? It may be an overlay over the real keypad. •Check for Cameras: Consider where an attacker might hide a camera—somewhere above the screen or keypad, or even in the brochure holder on the machine. •Use Skimmer Scanner for Android: If you use an Android phone, there’s a great new tool called Skimmer Scanner that will scan for nearby Bluetooth devices and detect the most common skimmers on the market. It’s not foolproof, but this is an excellent tool for finding modern skimmers that transmit their data over Bluetooth. If you find something seriously wrong—a card reader that moves, a hidden camera, or a keypad overlay—be sure to alert the bank or business in charge of the terminal. And of course, if something just doesn’t seem right, go somewhere else. Other Basic Security Precautions You Should Take You can find common, cheap skimmers with tricks like attempting to jiggle the card reader. But here’s what you should always do to protect yourself when using any payment terminal: •Shield Your PIN With Your Hand •Monitor Your Bank Account Transactions •Use Contactless Payment Systems: Where applicable, you can also help protect yourself by using contactless payment tools like Android Pay or Apple Pay. These are both inherently secure and completely bypass any sort of swipe system, so your card (and card data) never actually make it near the terminal. Unfortunately, most ATMs still don’t accept contactless methods for withdrawals, but at least this is becoming more and more common at gas pumps. The Industry Is Working on Solutions…Slowly Just like the skimmer industry is constantly trying to find new ways to steal your info, the credit card industry is moving forward with new technology to keep your data safe. Most companies have recently switched to EMV chips, which make stealing your card data almost impossible since these are significantly harder to replicate.

Buckle Up, 2018! Your seat belt is the most important safety feature in your car. Finish out 2017 and enter the new year safely – always #BuckleUp. #TravelSafeFL

Mass Marketing Fraud—Awareness & Prevention Tips Mass Marketing Fraud—Basic Overview Mass Marketing Frauds target individuals of all ages and walks of life. Victims are lured with false promises of significant cash prizes, goods, services, or good works, in exchange for up-front fees, taxes or donations. Costs of Fraud Mass Marketing Frauds victimize millions of Americans each year and generate losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The Top Schemes ◾Foreign Lotteries & Sweepstakes ◾ Nigerian Letter Scams ◾Credit & Loan Scams ◾Overpayment Scams ◾Charity Scams Common Scams—Be on the Lookout for Fraud Foreign Lotteries & Sweepstakes ◾ Foreign lottery fraud is currently one of the most prevalent consumer frauds. ◾Victims are told that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes in a foreign drawing. ◾To collect the winnings, victims are told they must first pay various taxes and fees. Nigerian Letter Scams ◾ Victims are asked to help illegally transfer funds out of Nigeria in return for a share of the money. ◾ Perpetrators ask victims for their bank account information under the pretext that it is needed to complete the transaction. ◾Victims may also be asked to pay money up-front to help defray the cost of taxes, legal fees, or bribes. Credit & Loan Scams ◾ Victims with poor or non-existent credit are offered credit cards/loans—for an advance fee. ◾“Credit repair services” may offer to help those with poor credit improve their credit ratings—for an advance fee. Overpayment Scams ◾The victim is advertising an item for sale. ◾A “buyer” sends the seller a counterfeit check or money order for more than the cost of the item. ◾The victim is asked to return the difference between the payment and the cost of the item. ◾When the payment turns out to be counterfeit, the victim is held responsible by his or her financial institution. Charity Scams ◾ Con artists solicit donations in the name of non-existent or fraudulent charities. ◾Most charity scams occur during the holidays or in the aftermath of disasters, when philanthropy is most common. Protect Yourself—How You Can Avoid Becoming a Victim The Hallmarks of Mass Marketing Fraud ◾ Offers appear “too good to be true.” ◾Payments for goods or services are required in advance. ◾Personal information is requested over the telephone. ◾Offers are unsolicited. ◾Representatives use high pressure sales techniques, claiming that immediate action is required. What You Can Do ◾ Don’t believe everything you are told. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. ◾Avoid being taken by high pressure sales. Take the time to research offers before deciding whether or not to participate. ◾Don’t do business with anyone who solicits your money in advance of awarding a prize. ◾Inspect all representatives’ credentials carefully. ◾Get all offers in writing and keep a copy for your records. ◾Don’t deposit checks sent by companies that claim the check is being sent to pay fees or taxes on lottery winnings. Report Scams When They Occur ◾ Don’t ever be embarrassed. These frauds are perpetrated by sophisticated con artists. ◾Report the crime promptly—you’ll have a better chance of getting your money back and bringing the perpetrators to justice when you file a complaint soon after the crime.