THE INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT
The motto of the Indian Harbour Beach Police Department “We serve… we care!” certainly says it all. Comprised of nineteen full-time police officers, two reserve police officers, seven civilian personnel and three crossing guards, the members of the department serve our citizens with dedication and pride, to ensure a safe community. Of the more than 5,000 calls the officers respond to each year, approximately 12% of those are criminal in nature. Normal response time is within 2 to 3 minutes. Our six marked patrol cars are fully outfitted with a variety of emergency equipment. These vehicles are also equipped with resuscitators, automatic external defibrillators (AED’s), oxygen, first aid kits, video equipment, radar units and the latest computers that enable officers to access federal and state information systems from their vehicles.
All officers are issued uniforms, weapons, leather equipment, portable radios, flashlights and other items to help make them more proficient in their tasks. Drug forfeiture funds secured through the efforts of our officers have enabled us to build the Fred Fernez Firearms and Training facility in one wing of the Recreation Center. The firearms training unit is a computer operated laser system (FATS) designed to make our officers more proficient in judgmental shooting techniques and to upgrade their range of shooting skills. Our officers continually attend the latest schools and courses offered in their field as well as regular college courses, if they desire.
Some of the community-oriented programs instituted by our police department include:
House checks are conducted by our officers, when requested by residents who leave the city for extended periods of time.
Our officers distribute stuffed animals to youngsters involved in traumatic situations, to help reassure or comfort them while coping with stressful times.
A Christmas Outreach Program instituted by our Police Department ensures that each year during the Christmas season, those less-fortunate senior citizens or families with children in our community receive gifts, food, necessities, clothing, and cards through the generosity of the police officers, other City employees, citizens, businesses and various local school children.
Programs at our local neighborhood school, Ocean Breeze Elementary, e.g. a 5-week Special Program to Educate Children against Drug Abuse (SPECDA) and various other topics directed toward 4th and 5th graders, bicycle safety programs, and special lectures/presentations upon request.
Through the various programs mentioned above, interchanges that occur between our police officers and our residents help to create a better understanding of each other’s expectations of their roles in the community; and each and every officer truly lives the Department’s motto, “We serve . . . we care!”