Palatka Police Department

  • Agency: Palatka Police Department
  • Address: 110 N. 11th Street, Palatka, 32177 FL
  • Chief: Gary Getchell (Chief of Police)
Phone: 386-329-0115
Fax: 386-329-0159

Palatka Police Department is located at 110 N. 11th Street, Palatka, 32177 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Gary Getchell. The Palatka Police Department phone number is 386-329-0115.

Palatka Police Department News

Press Release: Palatka Fl., On May 22, 2018at approximately 6:10 am, members of the Palatka Police Department responded to a bus stop located at 900 Reid Street in reference to a robbery with a person shot. Warren Williams 33 of Palatka was at the bus stop waiting for a work van to pick him up when a black male wearing all black clothing approached him. The unidentified suspect was armed with a handgun. The suspect took undisclosed items from Williams and then shot him in the upper arm / shoulder area. The suspect then fled the area on foot. Williams was transported to the Orange Park Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The Palatka Police Department is asking that anyone with information on this case to contact Det. DJ Johnson at 386-329-0115. For additional information please contact Capt. Matt Newcomb at 386-937-1579.

If you receive a call from someone indicating they are a member of the Palatka Police Department and are told to pay money to avoid criminal charges, it is a scam. Officers and Detectives of the Palatka Police Department will not contact you by phone or any other means requesting monetary payment to reduce or elevate criminal charges.

Today the Palatka Police Department mourns the loss of K-9 Tango. K-9 Tango passed away on Friday May 11, 2018. He died as a result of an unexpected medical condition. K-9 Tango was assigned to Officer Cossio and served our community for approximately two years. To him, work was play time. Please join us remembering K-9 Tango and the service he provided to our community. Rest in peace Tango and thank you for your service.

Today we participated in the Putnam County Special Olympics Torch Run. We ran from the riverfront to Publix with some awesome young men and women from our community who will be competing. Good luck guys and girls, we are very proud of you.

We need your help in identifying this subject in the video! The truck in the video was stolen from Futch's Depot on SR 19. Any information obtained on the whereabouts of the stolen truck and suspect information may be eligible for a reward. Please Share this video to catch a criminal. Any information on the suspect's identity or vehicle location call 386-329-0800 and ask for Sgt. Meredith.

Palatka Pal event May 19, 2018 9am to 2pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the Deputies and the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office. Such a cowardly act of violence towards men that protect and serve their community. Deputy Taylor Lindsey and Sergeant Noel Ramirez you will be missed, but never forgotten.

We will be participating in the DEA National RX takeback on April 28, 2018 from 10am to 2pm. If you have any RX medication you would like to turn in, you can drop it off at the Police Department during the listed time. For questions on this program, please contact Det. Mike Lassiter at 329-0115.

ATTENTION: We need your help!! The Palatka Police Department is looking for ANYONE that may have information to the disappearance of Lance Cohens. Cohens went missing on December 12, 2017 from Palatka, Florida. If you have information leading to his whereabouts please contact one of the following; Detective Johnson with the Palatka Police Department at 386-329-0115 or Crime Stoppers.

come join Us at the Up Coming Palatka Pride Neighborhood Clean-up. April 28, 2018 at 9am.

Press Release: Palatka Fl., today a suspected sex offender Gerald Dwayne McDanile 39 of Satsuma was taken into custody. On July 21, 2017 the Palatka Police Department was contacted by the Department of Children and Family Services concerning a child sexual abuse that had occurred at a local park in 2013. DCF received the information on the case through the use of the Child Abuse Hotline. After taking the initial information from the DCF investigator, the case was turned over to Detective Alisha Stephens to investigate. It was determined Gerald Dwayne McDaniel had taken a child under the age of 12 to a local park. While at the park, McDaniel committed sexual battery on the child and took pictures of the child’s unclothed body. McDaniel did not live with the child at the time of the incident and is a distant relative of the child. During the child’s interview, Det. Stephens learned the incident took place in 2013. At the conclusion of Det. Stephens’ investigation, the case and a charging affidavit were forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office. The State Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for McDaniel’s arrest. Currently the child resides with his or her immediate family and is safe. McDaniel was taken into custody today by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and booked on the following charges: Count 1 – Sexual Assault on a Child under 12. Count 2 – Lewd and Lascivious behavior. McDaniel is currently being held at the Putnam County Jail without the benefit of bond. Based on the sensitivity of the case the Palatka Police Department can not release any other information. The report is not being released due to it is a current criminal investigation.

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Today we escorted our Palatka High School Varsity Boy's Basketball Team to the end of the City limits as they travel to play in the final 4 for the State Championship. We are very proud of them and wanted to show our support. We wish them and the Coaching staff safe travels and success. Great Job guys. Bring home the Championship!

Palatka FL., On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, The Palatka Police Department responded to 303 Benham Street, Palatka, Florida in reference to a subject being shot. Upon arrival officers located Louis Williams (age 52) of Palatka, Florida with a gunshot wound to the right cheek. Medical attention was render to Williams until EMS personnel arrived on scene. Williams was able to communicate with officers and provided information. Detectives located and spoke with individuals, who provided suspect information. Williams was transported to the Orange Park Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. During the course of the investigation Detectives learned that Anthony Foxx (age 36) of St. Augustine, Florida was responsible for shooting Williams. Foxx was later located and arrested in St. Augustine, Florida with the assistance of the US Marshal’s Regional Task Force. Foxx was transported back to Palatka and booked into the Putnam County jail. Foxx was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Foxx is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.

On Wednesday, February 07th, members of the Palatka Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit executed a narcotics related search warrant at 1605 Washington Street Apartment #169 Palatka, Florida. Detectives located Tniyah Tucker (age 30) and her two (2) small children inside the residence. During the search of the residence, marijuana and miscellaneous items of paraphernalia were located inside the home. Tucker was arrested and charged with Possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Tucker was booked on a $2,500.00 bond and has since been released.

Recently we have seen an increase in the use and passing of counterfeit money. The bills are in 20, 50 and 100 dollar denominations. The bills have Chinese writing and or the words "For motion picture purposes only" printed on them and the presidents photos are also altered. Bills like this are being passed in Palatka at local businesses, gas stations and restaurants. This is also occurring in Flagler County. See the story by News4Jax. We encourage all business, not for profit organizations and individuals accepting cash to inspect all bills and when possible use a money marker to verify the bills are good.

ATTENTION: The Palatka Police Department is actively investigating the disappearance of Lance Cohens. Cohens has not been seen since December 17, 2017. Anyone with information please contact Detective Johnson at (386) 329-0115 or the Palatka Police Department's anonymous tip line at (386) 329-0170.

Press Release: Palatka Fl., the Palatka Police Department Street Crimes Unit, U.S. Marshals Taskforce and the State Attorney’s Office completed a six month investigation yesterday deemed Operation New Year’s Restitution. This investigation consisted of undercover drug buys throughout the City of Palatka. Various types of drugs were purchased from seventeen suspects, some of whom had multiple cases and charges. Yesterday morning a warrant sweep was conducted by members of the Palatka Police Department Street Crimes Unit and U.S. MarshalsTaskforce. At the conclusion of the operation ten of the suspects had been arrested. Seven suspects are still at large. The suspects who were arrested are as follows: Eddie Walker, Floyd Murray, Robert Maggard, Anthony Calloway, Timothy Brinson, Rhodney Williams, Richard Adams, Eslie Lawrence, Sebrina Williams and another suspect who’s name is not being released. Suspects who are still at large are: Annie Stewart, Freddie Lewis III, Larontae, Tywain Session JR, Marvin Passmore, Kevin Daniels JR and Jarvis Sampson. Anyone who may know the location of a suspect listed above who has not been arrested is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0800.