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 Ken Fender has been spending his days at Gibbons Street Elementary School, and has made some new friends! Several Detectives were assigned to elementary schools to provide extra security during this last week of classes.

Judge Dick Prince-History of Stand Your Ground Law/ Firearms Training/Mock Crime Scene/CSI & Fingerprint Activity

It is with great sadness that we learn of yet another school shooting. This horrific event occurred today in Texas and reports indicate that between 8 to10 people were killed. A 17 year old suspect has been arrested and another is being held as a ‘person of interest’. Detectives reported that the suspect had three guns in his possession. After an emergency meeting of Law Enforcement Chiefs and the Sheriff of Polk County, it was decided that there will be a uniformed law enforcement officer in EVERY public school in the county for the duration of this school year. Bartow Police Officers will be providing security for all of our Bartow public schools. Also beginning Monday, no backpacks will be allowed for the remainder of the school year. Students may carry bags no larger than a small purse. Lunchboxes will still be permitted. Please be alert and remember, if you see something, say something.

We think this is pretty funny; luckily Bartow does not have a Yanny Lane.

All right folks, we are having a debate here this morning....what do you hear? Yanny or Laurel?

On this date, May 15, 1886, Bartow's Town Marshal Silas Campbell became the first law enforcement officer in Polk County killed in the line of duty. Marshal Campbell was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two brothers who were intoxicated and creating a disturbance. Marshal Campbell was survived by his wife and children; he was 37 years old. Ironically, May 15th was designated National Police Memorial Day in a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. National Police Week pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Last year, Florida ranked 3rd with a total of 9 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Texas was 1st with a total of 14, followed by New York with 11. So far this year Florida and Texas are tied with the most law enforcement deaths at 4 each.

May 8th Tuesday, Week 6, Presenters: K-9 Unit, Heartland Crime Stoppers, and HIDTA (Drug Task Force)

ATTENTION: Fallen Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry’s body will be escorted by a law enforcement motorcade tomorrow morning, and is expected to travel through Bartow between 9:00 – 9: 15 AM. The motorcade will travel south on Hwy 17 from the Medical Examiner’s Office in Winter Haven. The motorcade will then turn east on Hwy 60 in Bartow, returning to Highlands County. Deputy Gentry was shot Sunday evening while responding to a call and died the following day. The Bartow Police Department is encouraging the public to come out and show support by lining the roadway along the route. Please be patient and expect delays as there will be some road closures for a brief period of time for the motorcade to pass through town. See the attached map of the route.

We would like to give a big shout-out to say “THANK YOU” to Turning Point Worship Center for supplying all city employees with a bbq lunch today served at Carver Recreation Center.

During tonight's City Commission Meeting, newly elected Mayor Leo Longworth, presented a proclamation to Chief of Police Joe Hall declaring the week of Sunday, May 13 to Saturday, May 19 as National Police Week. Deputy Chief Bryan Dorman and CST Officer Randy Tagliarini were also present for the proclamation. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Police Week is a time that Peace Officers are honored and those who made the ultimate sacrifice arerecognized for the sacrifice they gave

Proceeds from the game and concessions to benefit the George Harris Youth Shelter in Bartow.

The Members of Bartow Police Department are saddened to learn of the passing of Highlands County Deputy William Gentry. Deputy Gentry was shot last night while responding to a neighborhood in Lake Placid. He passed away today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deputy Gentry's family, friends and co-workers.

Proceeds from the game and concessions to benefit the George Harris Youth Shelter in Bartow.

Great job to the Bartow Fire Department on their win tonight! They played well. A special shout out to our newest City Commissioner elect Scott Sjoblom and Bartow Baseball Coach Daniel Payne for umpiring a great game. Thank you to all of you who came out to support our cause to benefit the George Harris Youth Shelter. We all raised nearly $1700 for them! Hopefully we can have a charity Police/Fire softball game yearly. Stay tuned.

LOOKOUT Bartow Fire Department! Members from the Bartow Police Department participated in their last practice before the big game to be held on Friday night at 6:00 PM. Come out and watch the game and support your favorite team, or just come out to support the George Harris Youth Shelter. The game will be played at the Bartow High School Baseball field.It should be a very entertaining event.

Tuesday night, the Bartow Police Department’s 2018 Citizens Police Academy participants completed Week 5 of the nine-week CPA Program. The entire evening was devoted to the topic of Traffic Homicide and DUI Investigations. The 3-hour session, held at the Bartow Civic Center, included a DUI Wet Lab, and Radar/Laser demonstrations. While the class was educational and fun, it was a safe (controlled) way to understand how alcohol impacts a person both physically and mentally. Instructors for the evening included: Officer Luke Hauser, Officer John McKee, and Deputy Chief Bryan Dorman. Assisting with coordinating the events was CST Coordinator Lyn Bryan and CST Officer Randy Tagliarini. Wet lab participants were Det. Cody Vaughn, Sgt. William Stevens, and retired Sgt. Paul O’Dell. Linda Waligorski, Training Coordinator made her ‘famous’ cookies and served pizza purchased from Marcos. At the end of the presentation, participants attempted to 'walk-the-line' as part of a field sobriety test while wearing Fatal Vision Goggles. Fatal Vision Goggles simulate various levels of intoxication and make it nearly impossible to walk a straight line, although a few managed it. The Citizens Police Academy Program, offered to Bartow residents every year since 2010, has been completely funded by the American Legion Post No. 3 in Bartow each year. The Bartow Police Department owes a debt of gratitute to the members of American Legion Post 3 in Bartow for their generous support and making it possible for us to provide the CPA Program free of charge to the citizens of Bartow.

Bartow Police Honor Guard Officers Ken Fender and Amber White attended the Fraternal Order of Police Law Enforcement Memorial Service held at the state capital in Tallahassee on April 28th. Lookin good Officers!