Fort Lauderdale police officers are strong, determined, and focused. But we are also compassionate, caring, and involved. We go to work each day with a mission--to protect the fine citizens of Fort Lauderdale, but to also connect with those we’re keeping safe from harm. After all, when we are not in uniform, we are citizens too. We are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends. We are athletes, gamers, artists, and coaches. Whether we are training for races, learning new crafts, or turning passion projects into secondary jobs, we are constantly striving to find things that challenge and inspire us to act as better protectors of our fellow citizens. Read our stories below and learn more about some of the ways we support our community.
Coffee with a Cop
Each district of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department hosts Coffee with a Cop events regularly. These events give our citizens an opportunity to meet the officers who serve their neighborhoods. Specific event times and locations are shared on the Fort Lauderdale Police Department Facebook page as well as the departmental Twitter account @FLPD411.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement. LETR began in 1981 in Wichita, KS, and has since become a national event. Law enforcement agencies across the United States host torch runs and other special events to raise funds. Since its inception, LETR has raised over $600 million for Special Olympics programs.
Our officers love to meet and interact with the community that they serve. The hope is that by building these community relationships we can not only achieve short term solutions but establish and maintain lifelong partnerships.
A Prom To Remember
Every year, hundreds of teens in South Florida experience something many of us take for granted – their Prom! This night is a milestone occasion, a reason to celebrate! There’s just something special about getting dressed up, riding in a limo to the Ritz Carlton, walking down the red carpet with a celebrity to the sounds of applause, taking Prom photos, enjoying amazing food and dancing to the DJ playing the latest tunes…there’s simply no experience like this! The Fort Lauderdale Police Department along with the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and Florida Panthers have been involved with this event for several years and each year it gets better and better.
Tip a Cop
Law Enforcement give a whole new meaning to "protect and serve" at Tip-A-Cop fundraisers. Officers serve as celebrity waiters at restaurants, and they donate all the tips they receive to Special Olympics. Tip-A-Cop has been a favorite way for officers to raise money, and the public loves to have the officers wait on them hand and foot.
Support through Athletics
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is very active with the youth in the community through various athletic contests.