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

Detective Jason Griffith spoke with the Bartow High School Criminal Justice Club today. He spoke about his job and why he loves what he does. It was a very informative question/answer opportunity for the students. Thank you to Mr. Craven and Mrs. Dorman for inviting him to speak with your club today!

Terrazzo mosaic design in the lobby of the police department

Monthly Chief’s Chat

Public Service Announcement: If you want to commit a sex crime, you better not do it anywhere near Bartow or Polk County. You will get caught. Bartow Police Detectives recently arrested the following people for sex related crimes: Adrian Gonzalez (pictured left) for Sexual Battery on a 14 year old and Violation of Probation; Clayton Lee (pictured right) for two counts of a Sexual Predator failing to provide State required information. Kudos to our Detective Division for a job well done!

Today we promoted two tenured members of our Department to the rank of Sergeant. Their promotional ceremony was held today at the Police Department. It was attended by their family and friends as well as several members of the Department. Sergeant Carl Smith has been a police officer with Bartow for 20 years. He has worked as a Patrol Officer, Community Services Officer and a Narcotics Detective. He currently holds an Associates Degree from Polk State College. His last assignment was the Officer in Charge of Delta Squad. He will be assigned to Delta Squad as the shift Sergeant. Sergeant William Stevens has been a Police officer with Bartow for 10 years. He has worked as a Patrol Officer and a Detective. He is currently working toward his Bachelor's Degree at Saint Leo University. He will be assigned to Alpha Squad as the shift Sergeant. Congratulations to both Sergeants on their much deserved promotion!

On Saturday, the Bartow Police Department sponsored a 5k run/walk in South Bartow to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The Officer Down 5k (OD5K) in Bartow, was organized by Sr. Officer Michelle Smith in conjunction with the OD5K nationwide organization. There was a great turnout. Thank you to all who participated. We will see you all next year as we plan to make this an annual event!

Bartow PD participated in the Polk County History Center Festival of Wreaths by submitting a work titled "Peace on Earth". It was selected as Santa's Choice! A huge thank you to Winnie Hall for her creative work on the absolutely beautiful wreath.

Bartow PD is participating in the annual superhero themed Commuter Services Day at Fort Blount Park. Come out and see us. We will be here until 2pm today.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, during their monthly meeting, Bartow’s American Legion Post No. presented the Bartow Police Department with a donation to fund 100% of the cost for the 2018 Citizens Police Academy (CPA) Program. Legion Post Commander Wally Edwards presented the check to Community Services Team Coordinator, Lyn Bryan, Police Chief Joe Hall and Deputy Chief Bryan Dorman. The 10-week long CPA Program, presented once a year, has been fully funded by the Bartow Legion Post No. 3 since 2010, with approximately 130 citizens having graduated from the program. The exact dates have not yet been determined for the 2018 Citizens Police Academy, but that information will be available very soon with applications available by December 1st. The American Legion Post 3 continues to give back to the community, donating thousands of dollars to numerous organizations that help our community. The Bartow Police Department would like to thank these fine veterans for their committment to the citizens and to our community. If you are interested in being a part of the 2018 Citizens Police Academy, please call contact CST Coordinator Lyn Bryan at (863) 534-5034 for more information.

This weekend Bartow Police Patrol Officers ran into these scary careful tonight, there will be lots of little goblins and creepy characters walking about. Everyone be safe out there, both walkers and drivers.

Happy Halloween! City of Bartow official Trick or Treat time is 6p-8p tonight. Be careful out there.

Spessard Holland Elementary was briefly placed on lockdown due to a police matter in the area. It was not on campus. Lockdown is now lifted and students will be released as normal.

Bartow Police Detectives are seeking help from the public to identify a suspect in a vehicular burglary that occurred on Oct. 21st at 890 Hwy 17 South. The suspect, who can be seen in the homeowner’s surveillance video at approximately 5:07 AM, appears to be a B/M, with a goatee, wearing basketball shorts, slides with socks. If you have any information to provide in this case, please contact Det. Tommy Stokes at 863-534-5034.

Bartow PD Officers are hanging out with Dr. Paul Bearer at the Polk County Sheriff's Office Haunted Jail Tour. Come by and see us while enjoying the Haunted Tour!

It was a fun filled day!

Costumes are popular with everyone at the Crickette Club carnival.

Bartow Police, the Bartow Chamber and the City I.T. Dept was ready for the hundreds of trick or treaters who stopped by today!

The 75th Annual Crickette Club Halloween Parade and Carnival will take place tomorrow. The parade begins at 4:00 PM, and lineup, which starts at 3:00 PM, will be on 1st Ave down from the Chicken Shack. The parade will travel west from the Chicken Shack on Main Street, then turn South on Broadway Ave. to end at the Bartow Civic Center. There will be several road closures which will affect after-school bus routes and traffic will be especially heavy during that time. Please allow enough time to safely arrive at your destination. Be safe and have fun!

Deputy Chief Bryan Dorman arrived at work this morning, believing he would quietly enter into middle-age (40) without any fanfare. He was terribly mistaken. Co-workers marked the event with decorations, and a casual lunch, followed by ‘Old as Dirt Dessert’. Happy Birthday Deputy Chief and we hope you have many more.

CST Officer Randy Tagliarini is giving a DUI presentation to the residents at The Meetinghouse