CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS


         Investigations begin upon the first notification that a crime may have been committed and end when the case is resolved by arrest, prosecution, or other means. It is of critical importance that each aspect of the investigative process is conducted properly, and that each member participating in the investigation understands their  responsibilities and the parameters under which they must operate. The Maitland Police Department has a team of full time detectives assigned to further investigate and solve crimes occurring  within the City of Maitland. These detectives are assigned to work an assortment of cases encompassing both property and persons crimes. 


Multi-Jurisdictional, Joint Investigative Task Forces

         The Maitland Police Department participates in four multi-jurisdictional task

forces; FBI Safe Streets, DEA, IRS/Secret Service, and the Joint Homicide

Investigations Team. A Detective is assigned to each task force and is dually sworn  

though the City of Maitland and through their respective task force’s jurisdiction. 

These task force positions give investigators an opportunity to enhance their

skill set as well as provide the Maitland Police Department with additional

resources for large scale investigations.         











Crime Scene Unit


         In addition to our detectives, we have two in house Crime Scene

Investigators who are responsible for the processing of crime scenes

as well as maintaining our property and evidence section. The Detectives

and Crime Scene Investigators work together with the Patrol Division to

provide the Maitland community with thorough and in depth investigative services.    






​​COMMUNITY POLICING


          The Community Policing Division of the Maitland Police Department is involved in providing many services to the  citizens of Maitland. Services which include safety presentations and home security surveys are available to better serve our community. One of our goals is to inform and enhance communications to our community through a positive perspective. This communication will better serve the community and develop a relationship with the citizens.  All Community Policing Programs are free of charge.


Programs include:
Business / Home Security Surveys
Presentations
Neighborhood Watch
House Checks

Child Car Seat Checks

School Resource Officers

Honor Guard

Juvenile Restorative Justice


For inquiries related to the community programs above, contact Sergeant L. Ford at 407-875-2806 or email at lford@maitlandpd.org


Child Car Seat Inspections


         The Community Policing Division offers child car seat inspections by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Please contact the front desk at 407-539-6261 to set an appointment to have your child's car seat inspected.


House Checks


         The house check program is for all residents that would like the Police Department to be aware of their absences from the city. The following procedure is how the resident will advise us of their absence. 

  • Come to the Police Department and complete the Property Watch card. 
  • Police Department personnel will check to make sure all necessary information is completed. Once the information has been verified the completed Property Watch card will be assigned a case number and this information will be forwarded to the Communications Center. 
  • Patrol Officers will receive the Property Watch cards and will check on the residence either by driving by or with the residents' permission walk around the residence to ensure all exterior windows and doors are secured unless otherwise noted on the house check card. 
  • If any alarms or suspicious activity are noted the officer will take the appropriate action. The Communication Center will then contact the resident and/or their local contact for information or assistance. All information regarding the incident will be listed on the card. 
  • When the resident returns home, they should contact the Communications Center so their residence can be removed from House Check.

Neighborhood Watch Program

         Neighborhood Watch is a national program of mutual cooperation among neighbors and police aimed at reducing crime in the community. It also incorporates programs that educate the community in how they, themselves, can help prevent residential crimes in their neighborhoods. Residents are trained to call the police department and report any and all suspicious activity in the area that they observe.The area that is defined for a Neighborhood Watch group is left to the individual neighborhoods. Some areas are only one block of one street while other areas encompass entire subdivisions or condominium/apartment complexes. When a group decides to form a Neighborhood Watch the neighbors contact the police department after at least 51% of all households have agreed to start a Watch area.

         Each active area has at least one person classified as the Chairperson who is responsible for organizing meetings and relaying information to members, keeping up-to-date on new residents and making an effort to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people. In accordance with the program guidelines, each active group must meet at least annually with a representative of the police department to discuss guidance and offer help in training residents in home security, crime reporting skills and for information on local crime patterns trends throughout the city in general and the specific watch group area in particular. These meetings are held in informal settings usually at a neighbor’s home or sometimes a block party is held. All active Neighborhood Watch groups have a least two (2) Neighborhood Watch signs placed at opposing locations indicating to everyone they are entering an active watch area. 

          Annual meetings are held with each specific Watch area as well as updated contact with various block Chairpersons. Free residential security surveys by trained Crime Prevention Officers are also offered to city residents.  For further information please contact Sergeant L. Ford in the Community Policing Division at 407-875-2805, or email: lford@maitlandpd.org
 
IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH UPDATE-
 
1.  Do not approach, follow or make contact with suspicious persons or vehicles.
2.  Do not use the Telephone Chain Card to call neighbors for anything that is not crime prevention related.
3.  Do not share the Telephone Chain Card with anyone who is not part of your Neighborhood Watch Group.
 
Remember:

Neighborhood Watch members serve solely as the extra "eyes and ears" of Law Enforcement. Neighborhood Watch members should report their observations of suspicious activities to Law Enforcement by calling 9-1-1. Never take action on those observations. Only trained Law Enforcement should take action.


PLEASE NOTE: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from city  employees regarding city business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail  communications including your e-mail address may be subject to public disclosure.  If you do not want your e-mail  address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity.

Maitland Police Department

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