Palmetto Police Department

  • Agency: Palmetto Police Department
  • Address: 1115 10th St. W., Palmetto, 34221 FL
  • Chief: Garry Lowe (Chief of Police)
Phone: (941) 721-2000
Fax: (941) 723-4816

Palmetto Police Department is located at 1115 10th St. W., Palmetto, 34221 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Garry Lowe. The Palmetto Police Department phone number is (941) 721-2000.

Palmetto Police Department News

Just a quick reminder. Have a safe day to all.

Come join the fun at the 2018 Manatee County Veteran's Day Parade in beautiful downtown Palmetto on Sunday, November 11th! The parade begins with a dedication at Lamb and Sutton Park at 11 AM which will be followed by the parade. The parade begins at 13th St W and 10th Ave W and ends at Sutton Park where there will be more activities. For more information, check out Manatee County Veterans Council at (* Yes, we are aware of the error on the times on the parade route map. The parade ends and festivities start just after 12 noon, not after 12 midnight. :)* )

The Palmetto Police Department wants to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween. Motorists should be extremely cautious and alert for children along the roadway. Halloween should be a fun and enjoyable event for everyone. The Police Department encourages everyone to note the following safety tips published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 1. Be sure older children TAKE FRIENDS and younger children are accompanied by a TRUSTED ADULT when “Trick or Treating. 2. Accompany younger children to the door of every home they approach and make sure parents and guardians are familiar with every home and all people from which the children receive treats. 3. Teach children to NEVER enter a home without prior permission from their parents or guardians. 4. Teach children to NEVER approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. 5. Make sure all children wear reflective clothing and carry a glow stick when out at dusk and at night. 6. Make sure children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant. 7. Teach children to NEVER approach a home that is not well lit both inside and outside. 8. Teach children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents, guardians, and/or the proper authority. 9. Teach children if anyone tries to grab them to make a scene; loudly yell “This person is not my father/mother/guardian,” and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming and resisting. 10. Consider organizing or attending parties at home, in schools, or in community centers as a good alternative to “Trick or Treating.”

Friends, neighbors and commuters, we realize that the traffic flow problems during rush hours are frustrating, especially in the mornings. Please heed these warnings to help keep traffic flowing and prevent crashes during these times. Tip #1; please do not block intersections. Only proceed through an intersection or turn onto a road when you have enough space so that your vehicle can completely clear "the box" which is the center area of the intersection (see pictures for visual representation). You see, when you block an intersection and the flow in your direction gets a red light, you are blocking side traffic from crossing or entering the intersection to turn which leaves the roads with a green light backed up without reason. Tip #2; please pay attention to traffic signals. We realize that it gets boring driving at the speed of molasses dripping from a tree, and radios and phones can provide entertainment during these times. However, when your light turns green and you are distracted from crossing the intersection, even for 3-5 seconds, that is enough time for 2-3 more cars to make it through the intersection had everyone started moving on the green light, and of course if no one was blocking the intersection (see tip 1). Delayed movement at a green light creates a ripple effect which perpetuates longer travel times for everyone. Tip #3; please pay attention even when traveling at very low speeds in heavy traffic. When you don't pay attention and bump into the car in front of you, it just means that you and others involved are going to be sitting on the side of the road, waiting for us to fight traffic to get to you just so we can gift you with a citation and the chance to have an unpleasant conversation with your vehicle insurance company.

Today is the first day of school. Please be mindful when traveling through the school zones this morning and this afternoon. We hope everybody has a good first day of school.

Just a quick reminder

Case # 18002311

Palmetto Police Detectives are looking for the truck pictured as it was involved in a hit and run of a pedestrian which resulted in serious bodily injuries. Detectives are also looking to speak with Tommy Lowan (photo) in regards to this case. If you have any information, please contact Detective Richard Wilson at (941) 721-2000 X6100. Tips can be submitted via Facebook, to the Department via telephone @ (941) 721-2000 or or anonymously to Crimestoppers @ or 1-866-634-tips

One of our Detectives found a back pack blower sitting in the parking lot of Kosta's family restaurant around 7:15 this morning. If you know who may have left it there, call Detective Sergeant Ryan LaRowe at (941) 721-2000 x 6125.

*** JOB ANNOUNCEMENT *** The Palmetto Police Department is looking for Dispatchers. So, if you want to tell cops where to go, see below: Title: Dispatcher Division: Police Department Department: Dispatch Pay Grade 109 Salary: $ 16.53 / hour ($ 34,376 / year) FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Classification: Full-Time General Description: The purpose of the Dispatcher within the organization is to respond to and dispatch daily 911 emergency and non-emergency calls to ensure the safety of the officer and general public. To provide exceptional customer service to citizens that call in. The Dispatcher works under close to general supervision according to set procedures, but determines how or when to complete tasks. Duties and Responsibilities: The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this job/class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job/class as necessary. Essential Functions: Works in the Administrative Bureau, under the supervision of the Dispatch Supervisor. Answer, transfers, and prioritizes daily 911 emergency and non-emergency calls; communicates with police officers via radio system simultaneously. Multi-task is a must because you need to listen to the radio at the same time that you are on the phone. Collects and verifies pertinent information via CAD screens for police officers’ safety and creates traffic stops or other priority actions for each situation simultaneously. Completes and processes all FCIC data in the FCIC/NCIC system; sends alert notifications such as a BOLO for missing persons, stolen items, wanted suspects, and any other routine messages for other agencies. Enters missing persons and items in the FCIC/NCIC system and validates information for audit purposes. Handles after-hours service requests from various departments and companies such as PublicWorks/Water, wires down for FPL, cable, and phone. Communications Requirements: Reads routine sentences, instructions, regulations, procedures or work orders; writes/types routine sentences and completes routine job forms and incident reports; speaks routine sentences using proper grammar. Judgment Requirements: Must be able to think and act under pressure and multi-task. Must be able to prioritize calls for service and unit assignments. Equipment Usage: Handles or uses office machines, tools, equipment or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items. Safety of Others: (Does not include safety of subordinates). Requires considerable responsibility for the safety and health of others and/or continuous enforcement of the laws and standards of public health and safety. Minimum Requirements: Requires High School Diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by specialized courses/training equivalent to completion of one year of college in emergency communications or a closely related field. Experience as an emergency communicator or 911 dispatcher (or closely related experience) preferred. Bilingual skills preferred. No felony convictions. Level II background check required. Interested candidates should submit an employment application and resume via email to Human Resources at: or may deliver it to Palmetto City Hall, 516 8th Ave. West, Palmetto, FL 34221, ATTN: Human Resources. Employment applications may be printed from our website at or picked up at Palmetto City Hall, 516 8th Ave. West, Palmetto, FL 34221. Resumes will be accepted only with a completed City of Palmetto General Employee Application. Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance: The City of Palmetto, FL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires City of Palmetto, FL to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management. All applications will become public documents under Florida Law. The City of Palmetto is an EOE/DRUG FREE WORKPLACE.

Ladies and Gentlemen... we implore you to please heed this warning. Lock your cars... Take your keys, do not leave them inside the car whether locked or unlocked... and hide your belongings. We continue to see the trend of vehicles being burglarized and stolen during crimes of opportunity (unlocked cars). These burglaries are happening over night in residential neighborhoods while the cars are parked and the owner is sound asleep. Some people have the logic of leaving the car unlocked so a burglar does not damage the car to break in. We get that. However, most commonly, vehicle burglars are opportunistic. There is an ever-growing trend we are experiencing of people leaving their car keys and firearms in UNLOCKED cars. Subsequently, their car keys and firearms are stolen and, in some cases, the burglar has returned at a later date to steal the car with the free set of spare keys provided to him/her. We as police officers cannot be everywhere, all the time, so please make it hard to be a victim and Lock, Take and Hide. Furthermore, please, never leave a firearm in an UNLOCKED vehicle and honestly, it is not good practice to leave it in a locked vehicle overnight either. We should all hope and pray that these stolen firearms are not used to harm anyone. LOCK. TAKE. HIDE.

CASE # 18001542

The City of Palmetto has been experiencing a number of vehicle burglaries to unlocked vehicles and vehicle thefts where the vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside. The Palmetto Police Department would like to remind everyone to keep your valuables out of sight, lock your cars and to take your keys with you. Although, sometimes there is no stopping a thief willing to force entry to a vehicle, many of these incidents are crimes of opportunity that could be thwarted by simply following this rule... Hide, Lock, Take. And as always, don't hesitate to call 911 or the direct line to the Police Department {(941) 721-2000} to report any suspicious activity. Have a great week and be safe.

The Palmetto Police Department is requesting your help to identify persons of interest in various cases. Tips can be submitted via Facebook, to the Department via telephone @ (941) 721-2000 or or anonymously to Crimestoppers @ or 1-866-634-tips

Case # 18000711

Case # 18000565

Case # 18000494

Silas Foust spoke to Officer Peters this past weekend and told him that his birthday was Sunday. Officer Peters got together with his squad and they purchased some gifts and gave Silas a special visit wishing him a happy 4th birthday!

The Palmetto Police Department is requesting your help to identify persons of interest in various cases. Tips can be submitted via Facebook, to the Department via telephone @ (941) 721-2000 or or anonymously to Crimestoppers @ or 1-866-634-tips

UPDATE>>> The suspect and child have been identified and the suspect is in custody thanks to authorities in Alabama and Detroit. Article link in comment below. We have been receiving calls about this video that has been circulating and are aware. It has been determined by multiple agencies that this video was generated out of the state of Florida, possibly in Alabama. If you receive this video as a share or by any other means, report it to Facebook and delete it. DO NOT SHARE IT or create another post as circulating this video only creates more exposure for the victim.