Bradenton Police Department

  • Agency: Bradenton Police Department
  • Address: 100 10th St W, Bradenton, 34205 FL
  • Chief: Michael Radzilowski (Chief of Police)

Bradenton Police Department is located at 100 10th St W, Bradenton, 34205 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Michael Radzilowski. The Bradenton Police Department phone number is (941) 932-9357.

Bradenton Police Department News

We’re thankful to have our third deployment team back from serving in the panhandle over the past week. We continue to keep north Florida in our thoughts during this time of recovery and rebuilding. #OneCityOneTeam #hurricanemichael

The main entrance to BPD’s station is blocked from now until 11PM tonight due to 10th St W being closed for a planned event. Please enter the department from the Old Main Street side of the City Center. You can call (941)932-9300 for directions if needed. #OneCityOneTeam

UPDATE: We are saddened to report that Mr. Kolhhafer was found earlier today by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deceased. Details surrounding his death are under investigation, however, foul play is not suspected. Bradenton Police would like to thank everyone who actively looked for Karl during the past 24 hours. Our thoughts are with his family during this time. The Bradenton Police Department is actively looking for Mr. Karl Kohlhafer of Palmetto. He checked himself out of Blake Medical Center on October 31, 2018, against medical advice. There is concern for his health and mental well-being. He is a white male, 67 years old, five foot seven, and weighs one hundred pounds. He has gray hair, blue eyes, and has a full beard. There is no clothing description at this time. If you come into contact with Mr. Kohlhafer, please act accordingly and contact 911 or Detective Jay Gow at 941-932-9373.

Today marks the first day of Movember, where our officers will be growing beards and raising money to fund research for testicular and prostate cancer. They will compete to see who can grow the best beard by the end of the month, but we think someone might already be cheating! If you'd like to donate or learn more about this great cause, visit

Happy Halloween from BPD! Have a great night & remember to stay safe! #OneCityOneTeam

Many thanks to Hugh Miller, Greg Campbell and all of the staff at Pier 22 Restaurant - Patio - Ballroom for hosting the City of Bradenton Appreciation Day gathering! It is our honor to serve our wonderful city together. #OneCityOneTeam

On October 18th, 2018, the Bradenton Police Department Criminal Investigations Section executed a search warrant at the residence of Timothy Conaway. Conaway, 69 of Bradenton, was found to be in possession of child pornography. Conaway has been charged with the following; 1 count of Direct/Promote Sexual Performance by a Minor – No Bond 40 counts of Sexual Performance of a Child – Second Degree Felony - $400,000 bond He is still being held at the Manatee County Jail. If anyone has any information regarding this case, or has had contact with Conaway, please contact Detective Kevin Bunch at (941) 932-9380. You may also email your information to CRIMETIPS@CITYOFBRADENTON.COM or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A huge thanks to our friends at Chick-fil-A Cortez Plaza for providing breakfast for our Alpha / Charlie Dayshift squad this morning!

On October 13th, 2018, at approximately 7:30 PM, Bradenton Police responded to Manatee Memorial Hospital for a report of a 17 year old female with a gunshot wound. The investigation revealed that Antonio Vaca, 18 of Bradenton, accidentally shot the female victim while he was showing off a gun to another person. Initially, the witness, also 17 years old, provided a false story about her and the victim being involved in a drive-by shooting. She has been arrested and charged with obstruction of justice. Vaca was identified by the victim and arrested yesterday. During the interview, he confessed to accidentally firing the weapon while showing it off. He has been charged with: Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon Culpable Negligence with Injury If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Chris Deshaies at (941) 932-9329. You may also email your information to CRIMETIPS@CITYOFBRADENTON.COM or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip through the web at

Continuing relief efforts today in Washington County. Please keep the entire panhandle in your prayers during this time. Our guys on the ground are amazed by the outpouring of support they’re witnessing firsthand! #OneCityOneTeam

Several of our officers have spent the last few days in Chipley, Washington County, working with hundreds of other first responders to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. They’re distributing emergency supplies, performing welfare checks, and trying to get residents back on their feet. Working together, we can weather any storm!

We've seen the devastation from Hurricane Michael that has hit the Panhandle and surrounding areas, and we are grateful that Manatee has yet to see a significant storm this year. However, it's important to ALWAYS be prepared in the case of an emergency. Is your family hurricane ready? Check out this great preparedness website from Manatee County Public Safety to make sure you're ready.

The Bradenton Police Department was awarded accredited status during the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, or CFA, conference in Clearwater Beach on October 3. The department had to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Accreditation, a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, certifies that the Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services are in compliance with CFA standards. Accreditation must be re-evaluated every three years.

Thanks to all who came out to support the ”Coffee with a Cop” hosted today by our partners at WaWa and McDonald's! It was a fun morning filled with great conversation and great coffee.

A special thanks to our friends at Lakeside South for inviting us to participate in their ”National Night Out.” We spent the evening hanging out with residents, painting faces, and discussing neighborhood watch ideas. We donated a Ring Video Doorbell 2 for a raffle prize and promoted our partnership with the ”Neighbors” app, the new neighborhood watch. Remember, you can download the app free right here ------->

Join us tomorrow for National Coffee with a Cop Day! We will be at two McDonald's locations: 6708 W Manatee Ave W and 3631 Cortez Road W from 8-10am. Meet us while uniformed officers, detectives, and administration are available to answer all your questions. We want to spend time with you, our community residents!

Chief Melanie Bevan and Detective Yolanda Cox were in attendance today at the 2018 Human Trafficking Summit in Orlando. They were there to take part in brainstorming new initiatives in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of potential human trafficking victims throughout Florida. This is especially important to Chief Bevan, as she currently serves on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, appointed by Governor Rick Scott.

The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Peter G. Biddlecome of Bradenton and charged him with Burglary and Dealing in Stolen Property. On September 11, 2018, BPD investigated a residential burglary in the 800 block of 67th St W. The victim reported numerous pieces of jewelry stolen. Through the investigation, detectives were able to locate some of the jewelry in local pawn shops. An arrest warrant was obtained for Biddlecome and he was arrested today. During the interview, he confessed to the burglary and pawning the items. The remainder of the victim’s jewelry has been recovered. Biddlecome served as a Bradenton Police Officer from January of 2003 through June of 2007. He tendered his resignation during an internal affairs investigation for conduct unbecoming an officer. He has not served in a law enforcement capacity since. If anyone has any information regarding this case or has had contact with Biddlecome, please contact Detective Adrian Meridan at (941) 932-9326. You may also email your information to CRIMETIPS@CITYOFBRADENTON.COM or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll-free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at

Join us on the Neighbors app and help reduce crime in your Neighborhood! Neighbors is a digital neighborhood crime watch that is free to download, free to join, and free to use. Download the app on your smartphone and click “Sign Up” to start sharing and receiving real-time crime and safety alerts from your neighbors and local law enforcement! DOWNLOAD HERE --->

Many thanks to Wagner Reality and all the other wonderful partners for sponsoring this fantastic event! There is still time to register!

This weekend our SWAT Team participated in a local challenge with 13 other teams in the region to show off their training and skills, and they were phenomenal!

Yesterday we welcomed our newest member, Officer Aaron Pilant, to the Bradenton Police Department family. We are excited to have him as part of the team, and we expect great things!

The Bradenton Blue Foundation is happy to announce our receipt of a generous Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Grant Award, which will be used to purchase a new drug-detecting K-9. For more information, visit our website:

Yesterday, we said goodbye to Charles Standifer. Charles was our Fleet and Facilities Manager for over 8 years and has over 15 years of total service with the City of Bradenton. Before joining our city, he faithfully served the City of Sarasota for over 23 years. We wish Charles and his family the very best! Happy Retirement!!!