The Support Services Bureau consists of three divisions: Administrative Support, Finance, and Information Services.
- Administrative Support Division oversees the Records Unit, Training Unit, Recruiting Unit, Background Unit, and Payroll/Personnel. The Evidence Section, Police Supply, Fleet Services, Confiscations and Court Liaison.
- Finance Division is responsible for all of the Police Department finance functions including budget, purchases and maintenance.
Administrative Support Division
The Recruiting Unit's mission is to actively seek the most qualified candidates for positions throughout the Police Department, while placing an emphasis on diversity. The Recruiting Unit travels throughout the State of Florida and the nation, in search of the best and brightest candidates.
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This unit is responsible for the testing, background investigation, and subsequent hiring of all personnel within the Police Department, both sworn and civilian. In just the past twelve months the Background Investigations Unit has hired more than one-hundred and twenty new employees, including; Police Officers, Public Safety Aides and Parking Enforcement Specialists. For information regarding employment with the City of Fort Lauderdale, including a list of available positions, click here.
The Training Unit, provides a wide range of services including the overseeing of recruits attending the police academy and the Citizens Police Academy. The unit is responsible for the coordination of both the FDLE required mandatory re-training and training for salary incentive. It keeps records for all training received by department members both sworn and civilian. Further, the unit creates, tracks, and facilitates the printing of new and or revised department policies.
Payroll and Personnel
This office coordinates payroll, hiring, dismissals, overtime and compensatory time entry, payroll review and corrections, attendance for the department.
The Records Division works around the clock to retrieve, distribute, and store reports consistent with internal policy and demands. The Records Division receives all police reports and accidents reports. The reports are indexed and vital information is entered in the computer, which is used for Uniform Crime Reporting by both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI.
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Thie Evidence Section handles all City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department evidence receipts. The unit maintains an on-site warehouse and an additional remote warehouse to handle the workload.
Bicycles are received and stored for 90 days and then become the property of the city. Part of a citywide program is the issuing of bicycles to those who have had one stolen. Once a month, by appointment, these bicycles are given to the public provided they have submitted an offense report as proof of their lost bike. Auctions are held twice a year to sell off any miscellaneous items, which have been confiscated and have become property of the city.
The Supply Unit consists of three separate areas: supply, property control and front reception desk. The Unit responsibility includes issuance of uniforms, duty gear and other equipment and supplies necessary for day-to-day operation of the sworn and civilian staff.
The accessibility of vehicles, weapons, radios and forms in the day-to-day operations of the police department is the responsibility of the Supply Unit. Equipment, acquisitions, storage, and distribution fall under this area.
The Police Department's fleet require regular maintenance and repair from this unit. In addition to insuring that the fleet is in good repair and all damage has been documented, the unit also assists in preparing bids for future fleet purchases.
The Confiscation Unit is responsible for all property that is seized for forfeiture. This includes cash, vehicles, vessels, airplanes, and real estate. All property is held until claimed by the owner or the completion of a forfeiture case. Vehicles that are awarded to the City are either utilized by the police department or auctioned by the City.
The Court Liaison Unit is authorized to accept and serve all timely court subpoenas, deposition notices, and all court related documents on behalf of the department's members. Over the past year the Unit, working in conjunction with the State Attorneys Office, has successfully implemented an electronic subpoena process. We now receive our criminal subpoenas electronically resulting in officers being notified of upcoming court dates in a speedier manner. Court Liaison is also currently working on receiving other legal documents electronically to achieve a more efficient means of processing paperwork. The Unit also works with representatives involved in the legal system and tracks and notifies members of changes to the hundreds of pending court cases.
Police Finance Division
The Finance Division manages functions of the Finance Office and reports directly to the Support Services Assistant Chief. The main functions of the office are to coordinate the Department's purchasing, including issuance of purchase order numbers and payment of invoices, and the issuance of petty cash. In addition, acceptance of department's receipts and coordination of bank deposits are a responsibility. Finally, preparation and monitoring of the Department's budget are a major responsibility.
The Crime Analysis Section is a resource center for the collection, maintenance, analysis and dissemination of pertinent crime information. By performing statistical and analytical research using a variety of computer applications, including mapping programs, the analysts work to identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. Staffing for this section is composed of four civilian analysts and a records clerk.
The Crime Analysis Section is a key component in the Department’s COMPSTAT program. Working in conjunction with the Operations Bureau and the Criminal Investigation Bureau, COMPSTAT allows for the early identification and location of crime trends. The information provided by COMPSTAT is used to identify trouble spots and emerging problems and to better target resources to combat crime.
Each police district is supported by an analyst and can produce mapping and crime statistics tailored to the local level, such as homeowners associations or police zones. This information is shared by the zone officer with residents at the monthly association meetings and can be obtained from the department’s web page.
Questions on crime data or requests for statistical information not available on the web pages can be directed to the Crime Analysis Unit at 954-828-5714 or e-mail the Crime Analysis unit at email@example.com.
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The Communications Center has three specific functions, call taking, dispatching and teletype. Each year the Police Department receives and processes several hundred thousand 9-1-1 calls and close to 300,000 non-emergency calls for assistance. Once the information is received in dispatch, the dispatcher will evaluate the call, match existing resources with service needs, and dispatch the appropriate unit. For “in-progress” calls, or calls of an emergency/life threatening nature, the dispatcher can also broadcast the information to all units simultaneously regardless of district assignment.
The teletype section handles inquiries on lost/wanted person, stolen vehicles and property. Employees in this function work with both the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to enter vital information needed to conduct criminal investigations.