Gulfport Police Department

  • Agency: Gulfport Police Department
  • Address: 2401 53rd Street South, Gulfport, 33707 FL
  • Chief: Robert Vincent (Chief of Police)
Phone: 727-582-6177
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Gulfport Police Department is located at 2401 53rd Street South, Gulfport, 33707 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Robert Vincent. The Gulfport Police Department phone number is 727-582-6177.

Gulfport Police Department News

Gulfport residents, enjoy "coffee with a cop," register your bike and get a free helmet for kids while you get rid of "Junk in Your Trunk" (or truck of course!) on Saturday, October 28. Check out more activities and details below.

Checking out Stetson and the competition for upcoming volleyball match! Heroes Weekend is coming up on Saturday, November 11!

Temporary road closures beginning this Friday on Gulfport Boulevard at 51st Street South Pinellas County construction crews are beginning to start a major drainage and roadway improvement project on Gulfport Blvd. at 51st Street South. Beginning in the evening hours of Friday, October 13, if weather allows, all traffic lanes on Gulfport Blvd. at 51st Street will be closed. Limited local business traffic only, will be allowed up to 51st Street, east and westbound. This hard closure is scheduled to reopen single eastbound and westbound lanes on Monday, October 16. It is anticipated, following this hard closure, eastbound and westbound traffic on Gulfport Blvd. will be single lane traffic, both ways, for six months. Detour signs will be posted. All drivers are asked to allow for extra travel time, and to exercise caution while in the area due to the new traffic pattern.

Chiefs' Chat starts now at the Tangerine Greenway on the corner of 49th St. S. and Tangerine Ave. S.

This pup was found in the vicinity of 52nd St. S. and 26th Ave. S. Please contact 727-582-6177

A resident is sharing this. Dog was found this week wandering on Emerson Avenue South. If you may know the owner, please let us know and we will contact the person who is holding him.

Two squads completed annual refresher training today on use of batons, chemical weapons, suspect apprehension, and application of restraint devices. We're all going to be sore tomorrow for sure.

Caution!!! The following two people are suspects in multiple home burglaries in the area. Witnesses have identified them in cases where they are reported to have accessed homes while doing yard work and then stealing jewelry and similar items. If either of them approaches you and offers to do yard work, do not allow them into your house. Call our communications center at 727-582-6177. We also ask that you contact us if you have information on their whereabouts. The names are Lupen Font (left) and Scott Johnson (right).

Temporary road closures beginning this Friday on Gulfport Boulevard at 51st Street South Beginning in the evening hours of Friday, September 29, all traffic lanes on Gulfport Blvd. at 51st Street will be closed. Pinellas County construction crews are starting a major drainage and roadway improvement project on Gulfport Blvd. at 51st Street South. Limited local business traffic only, will be allowed up to 51st Street, east and westbound. This hard closure is scheduled to reopen eastbound and westbound lanes on Monday, October 2. Following this hard closure, eastbound and westbound traffic on Gulfport Blvd. will be single lane traffic, both ways, for six months. Detour signs will be posted. Drivers are asked to allow for extra travel time, and to exercise caution while in the area due to the new traffic pattern.

Death Investigation at the Gulfport Beach. Subject: Death Investigation Date: 09/27/17 Narrative Gulfport, FL-- On 09/27/17, at approximately 12:24 AM, Gulfport officers were dispatched to the Gulfport beach front in the 5700 block of Shore Blvd S reference a body located in the water. Officers recovered the body of a deceased 43 year old white male. The name of the deceased will not be released at this time pending next of kin notification. Clothing and personal items were located on a bench at the beach. It appears the deceased went for a swim as he was found wearing swim trunks only. There are no signs of foul play and the initial investigation appears to be an accidental drowning. Alcohol is believed to be involved in this incident. ***UPDATE*** Next of kin has been notified. Deceased: Keith Tabor DOB 03/26/74 Address: Unknown A handwritten receipt for room number 110 was located with his property but the identification and/or location of that room is unknown. Based on the receipt payment information, we believe he is still residing in room 110. Law enforcement is requesting anyone with knowledge of Mr. Tabor’s recent location to please contact Det. Crowson at 727-893-1043.

Courtney Palazzolo was sworn in this Monday morning as a new Police Officer for the Gulfport Police Department. Palazzolo successfully completed her training at the SPC law enforcement academy (SEPSI). Please welcome Officer Palazzolo!

Pinellas County: Hurricane Irma Response Disaster assistance is available throughout Pinellas County. Please refer to the web links and phone numbers for more information on each. Individuals FEMA Assistance Individuals are encouraged to register online for assistance from FEMA at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA app to avoid long wait times on the phone. If you call, it is recommended you call early or late to avoid waiting. The phone number for register for assistance is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week. You may be referred to the Small Business Administration to review your disaster-related losses. FEMA Critical Needs Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals and households who have immediate or critical needs because they are displaced from their home. This includes water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items and fuel for transportation. To register for FEMA assistance programs, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or use the FEMA App. If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) TTY 1-800-462-7585 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. FEMA Generator Reimbursement for possible financial assistance to repair or replace a generator that was owned prior to the disaster. To register for FEMA assistance programs, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or use the FEMA App. If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) TTY 1-800-462-7585 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is open in Hillsborough County to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice at Hillsborough Community College - The Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview, FL 33578. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. As more centers open, survivors may locate one near them at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. That information is also available on the FEMA Mobile App. Disaster Distress Helpline The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) remains open 24/7 for free help coping with the stress of the storm. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Disaster Assistance Legal Clinics offered by Gulfcoast Legal Services Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at High Point Neighborhood Family Center, 5812 150th Ave. N., Clearwater; and Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 – 11 a.m. at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg. Se Habla Español. Services include FEMA assistance, landlord/tenant issues, public benefits, consumer protection/scams and domestic violence. For more information or to register, call (727) 821-0726. Food Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster. Current SNAP cards will be loaded with additional disaster benefits. Go online for more information. https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/forms-of-assistance/5769/1/2 Food Packages are being made available through the Disaster Household distribution (DHD) program administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) in collaboration with Feeding Florida and Farm Share and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Packages with 10 to 20 food items can be taken home and prepared as needed. This is a short-term measure to address the need for food until the SNAP becomes available. For information on distribution locations and hours, text IRMA to 893-211. Distribution locations and hours will vary. For more information, visit www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Food-Nutrition-and-Wellness/Hurricane-Food-Packages Feeding Tampa Bay, part of the national Feeding America network, has made immediate assistance available. In Pinellas County: Distribution sites on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Daystar Life Center, 226 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Heritage, 10200 122nd Ave., Largo 10-11:30 a.m.; Beacon Street Ministries, 3470 Adrian Ave., Largo 5-6 p.m. Distribution sites on Friday, Sept. 22. Friday, Sept. 2s, at Daystar Life Center, 226 Sixth St. S., St. Petersburg 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; St. Timothy’s, 812 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs 10 a.m.-noon. Distribution sites on Saturday, Sept. 23: St. Jerome, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo, 9:30-11 a.m. For a full listing of sites in the Tampa Bay region, go to http://feedingtampabay.org/irma-relief-assistance/. You can also call 813-254-1190 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. or email at info@feedingtampabay.org. Housing Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) is a FEMA form of assistance for eligible disaster survivors that are unable to return to their homes for an extended period of time and who have a continuing need for shelter. This initiative is intended to provide short-term lodging for eligible disaster survivors whose residence is uninhabitable or inaccessible due to a declared disaster. TSA covers room and taxes. To register for FEMA assistance programs, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or use the FEMA App. If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) TTY 1-800-462-7585 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Blue Roof Program is a FEMA program managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the program provides homeowners in disaster areas with blue tarps, installed to provide temporary repairs and make the home livable until permanent repairs can be made. Homeowners need to go in person to the Right of Entry center at Indian Rocks Baptist Church, 12629 Ulmerton Road, Largo, Suite A. It will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week while demand lasts. Residents are encouraged to visit the center as soon as possible, as it will be closed when demand becomes low. Toll free 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) for a recorded message. To hear the information in Spanish call (800) 403-0573. FEMA Individuals and Households Program Provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disaster who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. To register for FEMA assistance programs, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or use the FEMA App. If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, call (800) 621-FEMA (3362) TTY 1-800-462-7585 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Immediate Foreclosure Relief from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages. HUD is also offering longer-term recovery assistance to survivors and impacted communities. For more information, visit HUD’s website. Florida Housing Portal offers an extensive listing of available rental housing across Florida. You can search at http://www.floridahousingsearch.org/, email DIT@socialserve.com, or call toll-free at 877-428-8844. You can also visit http://www.socialserve.com/tenant/FL/index.html?type=rental. The status of available units listed on Florida Housing Search is updated frequently. If needed, call center specialists are available to provide assistance in conducting searches. Businesses, Individuals and Non-Profits Business Recovery Center The Pinellas County Economic Development department has partnered with the Small Business Administration to open a Business Recovery Center at its location (13805 58th St. N. #1, Largo). Business owners who experienced storm damage to their business can stop by for loan assistance information. Interested applicants may also call (727) 453-7200 for more information. The Business Recovery Center will be open this week from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Extended IRS Deadlines Hurricane Irma victims in Florida have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Sept. 4, 2017 in Florida. https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma Businesses Short-Term Florida Disaster Business Bridge Loan provides short-term funding until an SBA Loan or insurance reimbursement arrives. The purpose of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program is to provide a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses impacted by a disaster. Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: http://www.floridadisasterloan.org Shortcut: PCED.org/bridge Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Program offers assistance to businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to Irma. For more information or to file for DUA http://www.floridajobs.org/ or call 1-800-385-3920 http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/DEO-

Pinellas: What to do with sandbags After distributing more than 335,000 sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irma, Pinellas County encourages residents to properly recycle or dispose of their sandbags. While the storm caused some localized flooding, widespread flooding was not an issue for most county residents. Sandbags that did not come into contact with floodwaters can be safely reused or stored. For sandbags that did not come into contact with floodwaters: • Spread sand on lawns or landscape beds and recycle the bag or place it in your garbage. • Keep and store clean sandbags for preparation for future events. For sandbags that have come into contact with floodwaters: • Bring used sandbags, separated from other waste to the Pinellas County Solid Waste Disposal Facility, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Free of charge. Sandbags that have come in contact with flood water can become contaminated with bacteria, produce odors and are considered dirty. The sand brought to Solid Waste will be stockpiled, tested and analyzed. All non-contaminated sand will be recovered and reused for future county projects and/or sandbag issuance. Please do not dispose of any sand or full sandbags in your regular trash. The sand does not burn and will not convert to energy in the county’s waste-to-energy facility. Furthermore, do not mix sandbags with yard debris. The sand is abrasive and damages equipment used to grind yard debris into mulch. For more information, please call the Department of Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500.

Those who are in NEED of food, please see below: http://www.tbo.com/news/humaninterest/bucs-dl-clinton-mcdonald-helps-lead-food-truck-efforts/2337452

Please do not burn fallen debris. Cut it as small as you can (three feet or less is preferred) and stack in on the right of way. City crews will come and collect it as soon as they can.

Please remember....when approaching a traffic light that is completely out, you are required to treat it like a four way stop. If you must be out and about today - please drive with caution.

Anyone missing a cow? Found in the area of 19th Avenue and 55th Street. So far we can't catch it.

As you wake up, please don't let the curiosity get the better of you. There are power lines, trees, and traffic signs down everywhere. It is not safe to travel through the city. Please stay in your shelters while officials work to make the roadways safe.

Even though we don't yet have sustained tropical storm force winds, now is the time we face great risk for tornadoes. They can come with little or no warning, so please stay inside your shelters.

There is still plenty of room at the Boca Ciega High School storm shelter. Please reconsider staying there if you haven't evacuated yet. It is unsafe to stay at home in evacuation areas. Police and fire will not be able to respond, and post storm conditions could limit your ability to obtain resources such as food and water.

Mandatory evacuation is now in effect for Level A and Level B. Please plan to complete your evacuation by 8PM tonight. All businesses located in designated evacuation areas must be closed by 8 PM.