Bartow Police Department

  • Agency: Bartow Police Department
  • Address: 450 North, BroadwayAvenue, Bartow, 33830 FL
  • Chief: Joe Hall (Chief of Police)
Phone: 863.534.5034
Fax: 863.534.5030

Bartow Police Department is located at 450 North, BroadwayAvenue, Bartow, 33830 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Joe Hall. The Bartow Police Department phone number is 863.534.5034.

Bartow Police Department News

Members of the Bartow Police Department will be on several school campuses today. We are aware of several threats of violence reports circulating on social media. None of these have been credible. We are working closely with school officials to make sure any threats of violence are thoroughly investigated. Remember this... See something, say something.

The Bartow Police Department would like to introduce the newest member to our family, Christine "Chris" Albright (left). She joins the Records Section as a Clerk. Teamed with Michelle Jordan (middle) and Jo Hayes (right), they keep official police department records in order and organized. Welcome to the family Chris!

Congratulations to Bartow Police Explorer Sam Dooley for being awarded the LB Brown Youth Leadership Award today. Chief Joe Hall and all of us here at BPD are proud of you!

The L.B. Brown Heritage Festival starts tomorrow and continues through Sunday, February 11th. City Crews are currently closing a portion of L.B. Brown Avenue to prepare for the event and it will not re-open until Monday. Use caution when driving in the area.

A portion of Boardman Road in Highland Lake Estates will be closed on February 12, 2018. It will remained closed for approximately 2 weeks for Stormwater improvements. See attached map for closure.

A portion of West Polk Street will be closed all week for wastewater repairs. The closure of Polk Street is from Mill Avenue to Childs Avenue. Barricades have been placed in the area.

Chief's Chat tomorrow at Urban Oak. See you all there at 7:30am.

On 01/25/2018 at 9:47 pm, an armed robbery occurred at the Family Dollar Store located at 775 Hwy 17 South in Bartow. Kendrick Alontae Graham (pictured below), wearing a dark blue hoodie, blue sweat pants, and black/green shoes, entered the main entrance of the store. Graham then displayed a handgun and robbed the store clerks of money. Graham is now wanted for Armed Robbery. If you know where Graham is located, please contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

On 01/25/2018 at 9:47 pm, an armed robbery occurred at the Family Dollar Store located at 775 Highway 17 South in Bartow. A black male (pictured) wearing a dark blue hoodie, blue sweat pants, and black/green shoes, entered the main entrance of the store. The suspect then displayed a handgun and robbed the store clerks of money. The suspect fled just prior to police arrival. We need your help to identify the suspect. You CAN receive up to $3,000.00 CA$H and remain Anonymous. Call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

Our next Citizen's Police Academy was scheduled to start in the next couple of weeks. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the program will be postponed. We will provide updated information as soon as it is rescheduled. Thank you to all that applied. No need to apply again. We will contact you directly with an updated schedule.

EVENT POSTPONED. UPDATES TO FOLLOW. *** DEADLINE *** If you are interested in attending Bartow Police Department’s 2018 Citizens Police Academy, you must submit your application by Sunday, Jan. 28th. Don't miss this fun 'once a year' Program! Call today for your application!

The pictured suspects were arrested by Bartow Police Department Detectives in connection with the Armed Robbery/Shooting of an elderly man that occurred last Monday. Yazman Shipman, 17 years old, is the shooter (he is pictured with the white shirt). He was charged with Attempted Felony Murder, Aggravated Battery of an Elderly person, Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile Delinquent and Armed Robbery with a firearm. Felipe Fernandez, 15 years old, (Black Hoodie) and Stanley Smith Jr., 19 years old, (Black/Red/White collar) were both charged with Aggravated Battery on Person 65 years of age or older, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, and Armed Robbery. At this time, the Bartow Police Department is satisfied to report that the 3 subjects directly involved in this incident are in custody and off the streets. Elements of this investigation remain active at this time. Detectives have identified a 4th subject who was present during the incident. This subject is cooperating with law enforcement and not viewed as a suspect at this point. His information will be withheld at this time, due to his status as a juvenile.

Breaking News: Bartow Police Department Detectives have identified all of the suspects involved in the armed robbery and shooting of an elderly man that occurred last Monday at Mosaic Park in Bartow. Two of those suspects have been located and were arrested late last night by our Detectives. During this investigation, it was revealed that these suspects were involved in several crimes throughout Polk County last weekend. These crimes occurred in the Winter Haven and Lake Wales area. Our Detectives are working in partnership with several law enforcement agencies to help solve those crimes. Those cases involve Robberies, Burglaries and Auto Thefts. A full press release will be forthcoming where we will identify all of the suspects involved. Kudos to our Detectives for their diligent work in this case that ultimately led to the identification and arrests of these suspects.

This morning around 5:29 AM the Bartow Police Department received a 911 call regarding a shooting in the 1900 Blk. of South Floral Ave, across from the Polk County School Board office. Officers responded and located the 69 yr old victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. The elderly victim had also been severely beaten. The victim and his 88 yr old friend, were taking their morning walk as they customarily do. A white vehicle pulled alongside of them as they were walking on the sidewalk. The suspect vehicle parked in the grass just east of Floral Avenue next to the victims. Three black male suspects exited the vehicle and one was armed with a silver semi-auto handgun. The suspect armed with the handgun demanded the victim's property. The suspects then proceeded to kick and beat the victim and then shot the victim one time in his leg. The suspects then fled the area in their vehicle. A cellular telephone and firearm owned by the victim were stolen during the robbery. The suspects are described as three (3) black males between the ages of 20-30. The vehicle driven by the suspects is described as a newer white vehicle possibly 4-door. The Bartow Police Department is requesting assistance from the community with identifying the suspect vehicle or the suspects involved in this robbery and shooting. Although not very clear, a photograph of the suspect vehicle is attached. Anyone with information regarding this incident please contact Detective Jason Griffith at 863-534-5042 or you can remain anonymous and contact Heartland Crime stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477).

The Bartow Police Department is requesting assistance with identifying the below pictured suspect vehicle involved in the theft of a boat from 835 Parkdale Street, Bartow FL. On 01/06/2018 at 1824 hours, the below pictured truck is observed on video surveillance towing the boat from the victim’s residence. On 01/07/2018, the victim’s stolen boat and trailer were recovered by Polk County Sheriff's Office in the area of Ewing Rd and Garfield Grove Rd outside of the city limits. It was abandoned. The outboard motor, jack plate, power pole, and trolling motor were removed from the boat and stolen. The stolen/recovered boat is a Sea Hunt BXBR and the stolen/recovered trailer is a Magic trailer. The stolen/missing outboard motor is a silver Yamaha F200 4-stroke (example picture below). The stolen/missing trolling motor is a Minn Kota I-Pilot. If you have any information regarding the boat theft or the identity of the truck owner, please contact the Bartow Police Department Detective Division at 863-534-5034.

Bartow PD CASE The Bartow Police Department is requesting assistance with identifying the below pictured suspect involved in an armed robbery with a firearm of the Dollar General store located at 1050 Hwy 17 South, Bartow FL. On 01/06/2018 at 0833 hours, the below pictured suspect entered the Dollar General and approached the clerk who was behind the counter. The suspect brandished a black semi-auto handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect then fled the store with stolen currency. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’8”-6”, 175-200lbs, wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, white shoes with red markings, and black scarf over his face. If you have any information on the identity of this suspect, please call Detective Tommy Stokes at 863-534-5034.

During the 36th Annual Meeting of the Polk County Police Chiefs Association, two of our very own Bartow Police Department Officers were recognized for their heroic acts of service. Officer Toni Strickland was presented with the 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in Polk County. She was presented the award after being nominated for her life saving efforts during a call for service this past year. The man in that incident was intent on committing suicide, however, lived due to her swift intervention and calm presence. We are so proud of Toni. Sergeant Paul O'Dell (Ret.) was presented with the 2017 Distinguished Service Award. He was presented the award after being nominated for his life saving efforts of a man in cardiac arrest at a local open mic event. The man lived as a result of Sgt. O'Dell performing CPR. We are thankful that Paul was there that night. Congratulations to both Toni and Paul on their very much deserved awards! We are very proud of you both.

The Bartow Police Department is now accepting applications to attend the 2018 Citizens Police Academy (CPA). The 10-Week CPA Program funded each year by American Legion Post No. 3, will begin Tuesday, February 6, 2018, and meet each consecutive Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM with a graduation ceremony to be held on April 17, 2018. Class size is limited, and Bartow residents are given priority. To obtain a 2018 CPA Application call the Bartow Police Department at 863-534-5034 and request one be mailed or emailed to you. The application is available for download on the City website, www.cityofbartow,net. For additional information, please call Community Services Coordinator Lyn Bryan at 863-534-5034 or email her at Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Chief’s Chat tomorrow at Urban Oak. All are welcome. See you there at 7:30am.

Happy New Year 2018!!!

We hope you all have a very fun New Year’s Eve! Be safe.

Saturday, 5 year old Kinsey and her mother, Anita found it in their hearts to make and deliver bags of cookies to members of the Bartow Police Department for Christmas. We thank you for your thoughts and they were delicious! Happy Holidays!