Winter Park Police Department

  • Agency: Winter Park Police Department
  • Address: 500 N. VAAve, Winter Park, 32789 FL
  • Chief: Douglas M Ball (Chief of Police)
Phone: 407-599-3272

Winter Park Police Department is located at 500 N. VAAve, Winter Park, 32789 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Douglas M Ball. The Winter Park Police Department phone number is 407-599-3272.

Winter Park Police Department News

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CONGRATULATIONS MPOs Today, four officers earned the distinction of becoming a Master Police Officers. They all successfully completed the selection process - a great accomplishment and well earned and deserved! ~ MPO Jennifer Anderson ~ MPO Javier Rodriguez ~ MPO Kenton Talton ~ MPO Sharon Wagganer

🖤💙🖤 Another HERO Down 🖤💙🖤 Officer Rogelio Santander of Dallas PD has succumbed to his injuries. Yesterday, he responded to a shoplifting call and was shot. Officer Santander gave his life while serving and protecting his community. We send prayers and condolences to the slain officer's family and to our brothers and sisters at Dallas Police Department. WPPD stands with you, we hurt with you, and we mourn with you. #EOW #RIP #HERO

Another HERO Down This morning, Corporal Eugene Cole of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office (Maine) was shot and killed while protecting his community. He served his community and risked his life for others for 13 years. We are sending prayers and condolences to his family, to our brothers and sisters in Somerset County and to the affected community, who have lost a hero. We hurt with you. We stand with you. #EOW #HERO 🖤💙🖤

EMPOWERED Girl Scouts, Cadette Troop 727 Officer Ligon & MPO Rodriguez had a great time empowering these young ladies on self-defense. Congrats on your recent graduation from the SAFE program! 'We cannot thank you enough for your time last night. What a valuable experience for the girls (and the Moms as well). We are so fortunate to have Officers like the two of you watching over us.' - Janet Young (Girl Scout Leader) #WPPD #empoweringwomen in #OurCommunity

They are having a ball! Lt. Stan Locke & MPO Javier Rodriguez..... representing, nicely!

Senior Prom 2018 The dance floor is electric as they do the Slide!!

Senior Prom 2018 What fun!!!!! Lt. Volkerson getting his groove on! His partner - she's REALLY got the moves!! Potential Dancing with the Stars contestants?

These sweet ladies attended the 2018 Senior Prom and they dropped by this morning to say "thank you" - awwww, thank you both for making the event fun and memorable! Great time for all there! We appreciate your appreciation! 💟

Senior Prom 2018 Last Friday, while high school kids were celebrating their prom, the City of Winter Park Parks & Recreation Department held the 1st ever SENIOR PROM. Community members were invited to attend this fun-filled event which featured a DJ, dinner and dancing! Officers from WPPD, along with firefighters from WPFD attended and served as hosts and partners for many of the guests. These local seniors (with endless energy) had a BLAST - as did our officers. What a fantastic community event - we were delighted to be a part of this inaugural event! WPPD officers who attended (and tore up the dance floor) included Chief Michael Deal, Lt. Tim Volkerson, Lt. Stan Locke, MPO Javier Rodriguez, MPO Tony Fairbanks, Officer Jeancarlo Rojas and Officer Luke Hofer. Can't wait for next year's SENIOR PROM!!

Officers and dancers having fun at the Senior Citizen Prom at the Winter Park Community Center. ROCK ON!

Retirement Celebration Yesterday, we celebrated the upcoming retirement of Robert (Phil) Owen. Prior to doing so, the Chief appointed him as a Master Police Officer, after recently passing the selection process. Prior to becoming a police officer, MPO Owen served in the United States Marine Corp, where he continued to serve in the Reserves during his career at Winter Park. MPO Owen was an officer with WPPD for 21 years. Throughout his career he received numerous awards, commendations and letters of appreciation. We wish MPO Owen the best of luck in his new endeavors and thank him for his outstanding service as a Winter Park Police Officer!

HEROES DOWN - We Mourn We are shocked and profoundly saddened by the tragic loss of two Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office deputies who were ambushed yesterday. These men were simply eating in a local restaurant and were gunned down. Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25 were shot through a window. Sgt. Ramirez was a 7-year veteran of law enforcement. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. Deputy Sheriff Lindsey was a 3-year veteran. Our hearts break. We mourn. Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the slain, to the entire affected community and to our brother and sisters at Gilchrist County SO. We stand you. #RIP #HEROES #EOW

Policy Governing City Use of Social Media and External Internet

Torch Run The 2018 Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida occurred this morning. Thirteen (13) members of WPPD participated in the 5k run/walk. This is a great annual event for an exceptional cause, which is near and dear to the hearts of many who ran today. The Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual public relations and fund-raising event for Special Olympics Florida. Statewide, the participating chiefs, officers, sheriffs, deputies, agents and cadets from virtually every branch of federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement, represent a total of over 300 different agencies. The torch is carried by local and state law enforcement officers all the way to the Opening Ceremony of Florida’s annual State Summer Games. Today's leg was in Orange County where many agencies participated in the event.

Community Thank You We received a very nice email from a local family. In the email, the Salazar family writes 'THANK YOU for showing our son Brandon what being a community hero is all about. The time you both spent showing our son your vest, the badge you guys gave him (which he refused to take off) and the literature you gave him on the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street was so amazing of you. It is so important to instill in our children the importance of respecting and valuing our community hero’s. Thank you and you partner for keeping us all safe and we hope to see you guys soon!' To the Salazar family - Thank you for your thoughtful and kind email recognizing Officer Hofer and Officer Rojas and for your support and appreciation! Thanks to Officer Hofer and Officer Rojas for taking the time to engage and have this positive interaction with our community! Super cool and priceless!

Earth Day 2018 WPPD was at Earth Day 🌎 in Winter Park yesterday. Officer Rodriguez met Stephanie from Gatorland and could not resist a little selfie with the snake! He also provided stickers and bicycle safety information at the event. Beautiful day in Winter Park and great opportunity to connect with our community!

Day 5- the Home Stretch Our day started as almost every other day during this ride with a “kick off” start from the local Denny’s in Titusville. As we arrived in the parking lot it was apparent that this was going to be a special day as the Lamborghini was back to escort us in this last leg and what appeared to be an additional 100 riders. Let’s just say our motorcycle escort was definitely going to be earning their pay today. As we struck out traveling west on SR 50, I would have to estimate that we had approximately 250 riders. We had a nice tail wind and our first leg took us into Orange County to our first rest stop at the Orlando Speed World Drag strip and race way. Once rehydration was complete, we were off again. We wound our way through several neighborhoods ( to give the motorists on SR 50 a break) and stopped at Faith Christian Church for our next water break. Our next leg came to a conclusion at a Denny’s on John Young Parkway just miles from our end point at the Orlando Eye. Our group re-organized itself so that riders from the agencies that lost Officers last year (Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Kissimmee Police Department) would be in the front to honor those heroes. We left the Denny’s and began our trek into the tourist corridor and as we arrived at the Eye we rode under a giant American flag (suspended by a fire truck) and into the courtyard where the crowd was addressed by Orange County Mayor, Theresa Jacobs, Orange County Sheriff, Jerry Demmings, OPD Chief John Mina and Kissimmee Chief O’Dell. Being part of this event meant a lot as I got to re-connect with quite a few Officers from around the State as well as meet some new ones. I also met several “civilians” (non-Law Enforcement Personnel) who feel strongly enough about this cause that they take a week out of their lives to ride side by side with us to show their unity and support. I want to thank all of the people who rode alongside me this week as well as all of the support persons who work behind the scenes to pull this off. We could not have done it as safely as we did without the extraordinary talent of the motorcycle escorts and the ride Marshall’s that kept all of us in line. I would be remiss if I did not thank my Chief, Michael Deal and the Winter Park Police Department for allowing me to participate in this event and supporting me along the way. Lastly, I want to thank the families of all of those Officers that we rode for, for having shared your loved ones with us while they were here and reminding us how important family (whether it be blood or blue or green) is. Best wishes and Stay Safe! ~MPO Jim Whitman

Preparation Exercise Today WPPD participated in full-scale community preparedness exercise. Hospitals in Orange, Seminole and Lake Counties, along with the Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition, Orange County Public Schools and many other agencies executed a full-scale disaster preparedness exercise. The goal of the exercise was to prepare the community, medical professionals, emergency response personnel, schools, and law enforcement to respond to a catastrophic incident should it take place in Central Florida. Awesome event - great community partnerships!

UPDATE - Thursday (Day 4) 2018 Florida Tour de Force Police Charity Bicycle Ride MPO Whitman ~~ Let’s just say I’m feeling it! Our day started in Palm Bay with a thank you and a well wishes from the Chief of the Palm Bay Police Department. Today was officially College Jersey day and since I do not own a UCF Jersey, I wore my next best thing, a shirt that highlights the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in Brevard county. Our first stop was at the Melbourne causeway park and after a quick bathroom break, we were back on US 1 heading north (suffice it to say, the winds were more easterly thus making the ride much more enjoyable). I snapped a few pictures of my view facing forward and it was pretty cool. I may be a little bias (growing up in Brevard county), but it is one of prettiest places there is, as seen in a few pictures I took at Rotary Park located between Melbourne and Rockledge. After leaving the park, the ride progressed down one of the most beautiful roads in the state of Florida, River Road. It runs along the west side of the Indian River. We eventually arrived at the Cocoa Civic center where the Cocoa Police department had prepared a fantastic lunch for everyone. We left with full stomachs and headed north. The last stop was at the Police Hall of Fame in Titusville and then straight to our hotels. Tomorrow we start a little earlier, 9:00 as we have to be at the Orlando Eye at 2:00. Please see photo of route if you are interested in seeing a very cool sight. It’s one thing to see a Peloton in the Tour de France or in the Olympics, but we have a way cool motorcycles holding intersections and blocking traffic....take that Tour de France. 😉 I promise you tomorrow’s group will be the largest as Central Florida's Law Enforcement family will be in full force to honor our own local heroes. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers!!

German Visitors We had a visit from a Polizei German Police Officer Patrick Thoma and his family today. Captain Watson showed him around the police department and they shared the similarities and differences of American and German Police. Patrick met numerous WPPD officers and had a good time. What a great opportunity to forge an international law enforcement relationship! TY for stopping by! Enjoy your visit and safe travels home!

For those of you who don't follow us on Twitter - here is what you is #NationalPetDay and we took the opportunity for our agency members to proudly show-off their loved furry family members. So you don't miss more, hop on over to Twitter and give us a follow (Winter Park Police).....😀

UPDATE - Wedneaday 2018 Florida Tour de Force Police Charity Bicycle Ride MPO Whitman ~~ We started the day in Port St Lucie. After the Denny’s gathering (ride sponsor) across from the hotel, we set off on today’s ride. The temperature at the start of the ride was 59 degrees and the wind was out of the north at 14mph. We made our way to the Fort Pierce Police Department and were met with open arms and brotherly love. After hydrating and receiving a donation from the local State Farm agent, we soldiered in. The winds started picking up and we eventually made it to the WaWa, our next rest stop, in Vero Beach. Again, re-hydration and back at it, however, as evidenced by the photo of the flag, the winds were now a constant 18 mph with gust of 24-25 mph. As we prepared to leave Indian River County we had one more stop at a State Farm Agent, who also made a donation. Shortly thereafter, we were on our way into Brevard County and after our last stop at a riverside park, we made it to the hotel. All in all a good day. Lots of complaints about riding into a head wind the entire day but with a little reflection, we all realize that at least we are lucky enough to still be here and able to make this ride for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

As the week continues - we want to personally thank each and every 911 Dispatcher at Winter Park. 💛💛💛 These amazing men and women provide service for both Police & Fire. They are the first first responders and their service is appreciated this week and every week of the year! You are the BEST!

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Today, Chief Deal was in our Communications Center, thanking our dispatchers for a job well-done, each and every day. He brought tasty treats in appreciation and recognition of the service they provide to us and all our community. The celebration and recognition is happening all week - with a nice show of support for these men and women who truly make a difference!