The Administrative Services Division provides administrative and logistical support for the Department including the maintenance of effective operations while providing the necessary adequate controls. Its members work closely with other Divisions to ensure that operations are being performed in compliance with policies and procedures, standard operating procedures, and Commission For Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) standards. This Division is comprised of the following units:
Information Technology Unit
The Administrative Officer oversees the functions of fiscal management. This individual is responsible for the processing and verifying of all requisitions, purchase orders, budget amendments and transfer of funds, the distribution of ancillary equipment and departmental forms, as well as analyzing the specifications and bids for capital expenses. Responsibilities also include overseeing all accounts receivable and preparation of the Department's annual budget.
The Information Technology Unit currently consists of three personnel: two sworn police officers and one civilian. The Information Technology Unit is responsible for operational and end-user support of business applications, database applications, systems security, researching and evaluating of software packages for police purposes, developing and maintaining in-house database applications and data, repairing and maintaining Department issued computers and peripheral equipment, training Department personnel in the use of database and other software applications, preparing Information Technology budgets and keeping an accurate inventory of all computer related equipment issued to department personnel. In addition to assisting the Criminal Investigation Division in evaluating computer technology for the evidence of criminal activity, the Information Technology Unit also assists the Research & Planning Unit and Training Unit in evaluation, implementation, and training of new law enforcement related technology.
The Information Technology Unit works in conjunction with the city's Management Information Systems (M.I.S.) department, and is the liaison between M.I.S. and Police Department end-users.
Personnel and Training Unit
The Personnel Unit is responsible for the recruiting and hiring of all
police officers and civilian personnel. This is accomplished through a process of intensive screening, local record checks, and background investigation techniques.
The Personnel Unit is also responsible for coordinating and implementing department policies and procedures as they relate to recruitment, selection, assignment and retention of all police department personnel. All policy and procedures are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations governing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC), the Americans with Disabilities Act and Affirmative Action.
The Training Unit develops and implements lesson plans for all in-service training classes. The unit tracks the training received by every Police Department employee with particular emphasis on tracking every police officers' four-year training cycle to ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements set forth by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (F.D.L.E.).
The Training Unit also researches and evaluates weapon and safety systems, reporting its findings to the Chief of Police, to keep up with the latest technologies for possible implementation to the field.
Details are available on our Recruiting page.
Research and Planning Unit
The Research and Planning Unit is charged with the responsibility of researching and making recommendations on grant opportunities, new programs, equipment, and concepts. It also develops and maintains policies and procedures, standard operating procedures, directives, rules and regulations to ensure compliance with state accreditation standards. The Police Department has been an accredited agency since October 2008.
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