Serving with Wisdom and Courage
POLICE OPERATIONS DIVISION
The Operations Division is led by Deputy Chief Dawn D'ambrosio.
The officers assigned to the Patrol Division provide 24 hour a day
coverage to protect the life and property of the citizens and visitors of the
City of Maitland. The Patrol Division acts as a first responder to calls for
immediate police service providing a timely response to reported crimes
in progress. Additionally, officers assigned to the division conduct
preliminary investigations into crimes over with and identify and apprehend
persons suspected of committing crimes. Officers also conduct directed
patrols to discourage and prevent the opportunity for crimes to occur
and enhance the public's awareness of criminal activity in their community.
The Patrol Division also enforces traffic laws and investigates traffic related crashes in addition to assisting in traffic and pedestrian control. The division strives to be highly visible in the community and accessible to the public at all times, working together to reduce crime in Maitland.
With a superior sense of smell and hearing coupled with unwavering loyalty, the trained
law enforcement canine is a valuable supplement to police manpower. However, utilization
of canines requires adherence to procedures that properly control their use of force potential
and that channel their specialized capabilities into legally acceptable crime prevention and
control activities. The Maitland Police Department utilizes dual-purpose canines to offer full
service capabilities to the citizens these special officers serve. Each canine and partnered
handler experience hundreds of hours of practical training prior to service deployment.
With multiple waterways within the city limits, the Maitland Police Department recognizes the exceptional need to remain readily available on land and water. The Maitland Police Department is committed to safeguarding persons and property on and along the waterways of the City of Maitland. Members of the Lakes Patrol Unit are authorized to enforce City Ordinances and State Statutes on or about these waterways.
The Maitland Police Departments Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) is established to provide a trained unit to assist other units in the Department in resolving "special threat" or high-risk tactical situations that may arise in the City of Maitland. The Maitland Police Department's SWAT operators are members of the Central Florida Metro SWAT team in conjunction with the Apopka, Winter Garden, Ocoee, and Winter Park Police Departments.
Crisis Intervention Team
Many of the Maitland Police Officers have received certification as members of the
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). These officers can be recognized by the unique CIT pin
that is worn on their uniform shirt. During this training, officers learn techniques for
addressing the needs of persons in crisis and dealing with persons who are mentally ill.
This training allows for officers to better serve the community and deescalate crisis situations
in a manner that is safer for the officers and citizens. The national program has been a tremendous
success in regards to better serving the citizenry and aiding mentally ill persons in getting treatment.
Traffic Homicide Investigations
The Maitland Police Department recognizes that the occurrence of motor vehicle traffic crashes frequently result in injury or death of parties involved and damage to personal property, that most crashes occur as a result of a violation of one or more Florida State Statutes, and that traffic crashes frequently lead to civil litigation. Of primary importance is a police officer's duty to preserve and protect lives and aid the injured, thereby insuring their safety and well-being. In the tragic event where serious bodily injury or death may occur as a result of a traffic crash, the Maitland Police Department employs men and women with extensive, specialized training to conduct Traffic Homicide Investigations.
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