Auburndale Police Department

  • Agency: Auburndale Police Department
  • Address: 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, 33823 FL
  • Chief:
Phone: (863) 965-5555
Fax: (863) 965-6275

Auburndale Police Department is located at 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, 33823 FL. The Auburndale Police Department phone number is (863) 965-5555.

Auburndale Police Department News

Our Police Chief, Andy Ray, was recently featured on Polk County Government Florida's PGTV program for Heartland Crime Stoppers Florida! You can check out the video @

Tomorrow is Medication Take Back Day. We will help you properly dispose of any human and pet medications at our police department. Stop by between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM tomorrow!

Meet Rondo and his K-9 handler, Officer Cody Skinner! The K-9 team began their training in late January and graduated from K-9 patrol training and narcotics training in August of this year. Today, decals with Rondo’s name were placed on Officer Skinner’s patrol vehicle. We’re proud of our newest dog and his handler and want you to be able to recognize them when you see them on patrol. Please make sure to say hello!

Today we welcome 3 new officers to our department! Officers Sharon Di Gennaro, Aron Golan, and Francis Maldonado Frontera have been sworn-in by Chief Andy Ray. Sharon Di Gennaro is a graduate of Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, Tennessee. From there she went on to serve for 8 years in the US Navy. Sharon obtained her law enforcement training from Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety in 2014 and began her career in law enforcement with the Davenport Police Department. She has been attending Polk State College and is a few classes away from obtaining her Bachelor’s degree. Aron Golan began his military career in Israel, where he had lived from the age of 6. He served in the Israeli Military from 1994 to 1997, achieving the rank of 1st Class Sergeant. He started college in Israel and has continued his pursuit towards a degree at St. Petersburg College. He received his law enforcement training in 2016 at Southeastern Public Safety Institute in St. Petersburg. Francis Maldonado Frontera comes from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received his high school diploma and Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice while living in Puerto Rico. Officer Maldonado then spent 3 years as a corrections officer in Oklahoma. He attended Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Havana, FL and also has one year of experience as a law enforcement officer in the state. Congratulations Officers Di Gennaro, Golan, and Maldonado! Welcome to the team!

We are pleased to announce that our very own Lieutenant Carin Ketcham has been selected to serve as the new Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Auburndale! Lt. Ketcham has been with our department for over 20 years and will play an important role in the continuous improvement of our police service. Carin Ketcham joined the department in 1995 and served in positions including patrol officer, community policing officer, school resource officer, and detective. In 2010, she was promoted to sergeant and was responsible for the supervision of a patrol squad. She was promoted to lieutenant in 2016 and served as the Law Enforcement Division Commander. Lt. Ketcham was then assigned to the Operations Division where she has worked diligently to oversee criminal investigations, records, property & evidence, and the accreditation process. Lt. Ketcham attended and completed the Tri-City Leadership Program and Florida State University's Certified Public Manager Program. Just recently she completed her master's degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Public Administration. Lt. Carin Ketcham will be sworn-in as deputy chief this Friday, October 5th, along with our 3 newest officers at 4:00 pm in the Police Department's Community Room.

As a service to our public, the Auburndale Police Department will be accepting turn-ins of bump-fire stocks. You do not have to provide any personal information to turn-in. Please view the posted documents for more details.

Do you have unused medications that are no longer necessary taking up precious cabinet space? We've got the answer to this very soluble problem. National Medication Take Back Day is on Saturday, October 27th. Keep our environments clean by properly disposing of unwanted or expired human and pet medications with us!

We are excited to officially congratulate and welcome Andy Ray as our new Chief of Police!

Tomorrow Andy Ray will take Oath of Office and be sworn in as the new Chief of the Auburndale Police Department! This event will be the first item of Thursday's City Commission meeting and will take place in front of City Hall at 7:00 PM.

Thank you Chief for all of your guidance and leadership! Best of luck in your new endeavor!

UPDATE Nathan Gay has been found and is in the custody of our department. RUNAWAY JUVENILE ALERT On 8/23/18, Nathan Gay, 16/White/Male, ran away from his residence in Auburndale. He was last seen wearing a black tank top, burgundy sweat pants and red shoes. If located, please notify Detective Anderson at 863-837-5151

UPDATE Jazmyn Lee has been found and is in the custody of our department. RUNAWAY JUVENILE ALERT On 8/23/18, Jazmyn Lee, 13/White/Female, ran away from her residence in Auburndale. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, pink pants and possibly a light colored hoodie. If located, please notify Detective Anderson at 863-837-5151.

Congratulations to our Police Chief, Chris Nelson, who has been announced as the new Executive Director of the State Attorney's Office, Tenth Judicial Circuit! This SAO serves Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties. Chris Nelson has served our community since 2007. He came to us with an impressive work history, taking experience from the Bartow Police Department, Live Oak Police Department, and the State Attorney's Office Third Judicial Circuit. He joined Auburndale's Police Department as the first Deputy Chief and in 2012, Chris was promoted to the position of Police Chief. We want to thank Chief Nelson for his dedicated service to the citizens of Auburndale over the past decade. He recently acted as the Incident Commander of the City Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Irma and has been instrumental in improving our EOC for any future events. Chief Nelson currently serves as the 3rd Vice President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, (FPCA) and was formerly the President of the Polk County Police Chiefs Association. He was also appointed earlier this year to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, to help develop and recommend school safety improvements to the Florida Legislature. Chief Nelson, we wish you the best of luck in your new role with the State Attorney's Office!

Two new officers have joined the team at Auburndale Police Department! Officers Danny Swan and Kevin Seymour were sworn in today by Chief Chris Nelson and introduced by Deputy Chief Andy Ray at City Hall. Danny Swan joined the US Marine Corps after graduating from Haines City Senior High School. He served for 8 years, achieving the rank of Sergeant and receiving multiple awards, including the Combat Action Ribbon. He has completed the Law Enforcement Academy at Polk State College. Kevin Seymour joined the US Army after graduating from Lake Gibson Senior High School. He served for 10 years, achieving the rank of Sergeant. Seymour also received multiple awards during his service, including the Purple Heart Medal and the Combat Action Badge. He earned an Associate in Science degree from Keiser University and has completed the Law Enforcement Academy at Hillsborough Community College. Congratulations Officers Swan and Seymour, and welcome to the team!

We are pleased to announce that Corporal Matt Baker has been promoted to the ranking of Sergeant! Sgt. Baker started his law enforcement career in 1998, when he graduated the Police Academy at Polk State and joined the Auburndale PD. He left Auburndale in 2004 to become an International Police Adviser for the U.N. in Kosovo. Baker then returned to law enforcement in the U.S. at the Dundee Police Department. He returned to Auburndale PD in 2007, and was assigned as the Corporal on Delta Squad in 2016. He has earned a Bachelor of Applied Science at Polk State College and has received many commendations for his good work. In 2017, Sgt. Baker was named the Officer of the Year and has also been recognized as the Officer of the Quarter in 2014 and 2017. Thank you for your exceptional service to the City of Auburndale, Sgt. Matt Baker!

Happy 4th of July! We hope everyone has a fun and safe Independence Day!

We would like welcome our newest Auburndale Police Department Officers, Officer Lizet Carrizales and Officer Tristen Lahr! The new officers have completed their three week in-house training today and were sworn in with family and friends joining us for this important day. They begin their field training right away, which will take 14-16 weeks. Officer Carrizales was born and raised in Polk County and has been in the Florida National Guard for nearly ten years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and she graduated from the Polk State College Law Enforcement Academy in 2016. Officer Lahr was also born and raised in Polk County. He graduated from Summerlin Military Academy and attends Polk State College. Officer Lahr graduated from the Polk State College Law Enforcement Academy in 2017. Both officers were sworn in by Deputy Chief Andy Ray. Welcome to the family, Officer Carrizales and Officer Lahr! We are proud to have you on our team!

Please join the members of the Auburndale Police Department as we pay tribute to the men and women of our armed forces who, over the years and through wars and conflicts, have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to the United States of America. These heroes were willing to lay everything on the line four our freedoms and our independence, and so we remember them on Memorial Day. We also want to remind you to use good judgment as you enjoy some extra time off during what is a long weekend for many of us. As you spend time with friends and family, whether you’re on the water or at a Bar-B-Q, please be sure to be safe and smart. If you are going to drink alcoholic beverages, designate a driver – on the water and on the road. Officers will be focusing their attention on our roadways and looking for impaired drivers, so stay safe and stay off the roads if you’ve been drinking. Traffic deaths are up this year in many places across the state and we will be doing our part to positively impact this concerning fact. We want to remind you to, “Drive Sober, or get Pulled Over.” On behalf of the members of the Auburndale Police Department, have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.

During the recognition of National Police Week, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center was so kind to stop by for a quick visit and bring donuts to our officers working that day. We really appreciate our great relationship with our dispatchers and telecommunicators at PCSO..especially when they bring gifts!

UPDATE He has been located! Thank you for your help! RUNAWAY - ATTEMPT TO LOCATE The Auburndale Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding 17 year-old Gavin James Lawson. On Saturday, May 19th, he ran away from Old Lighter Log Lane in Auburndale. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and dark colored gym shorts. He is 6'1, 150 lbs and has brown eyes and brown hair. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Allaire at 863-968-5074.