May 30, 2012
Best Foot Forward
Keeping our residents and visitors safe
is a top priority for my Administration. This includes the safety as you
are walking our City streets. Over the years the City has taken a number
of steps to improve the streets, sidewalks and walking conditions.
Click here for more.
April 13, 2012
Department Staffing Changes
After 25 years of dedicated service to
the citizens and City of Orlando, Deputy Chief Larry Zwieg will retire
next month. On Monday during the City Council meeting, Mayor Dyer
appointed Captain Robert Pigman to the Deputy Chief position effective
May 1, 2012.
Captain Pigman was recognized as an outstanding officer, a respected
leader and an excellent representative of the City and the Orlando
Police Department. The City of Orlando thanks Chief Zwieg for his
service and congratulates Captain Pigman on his promotion.
January 27, 2012
Watch Unit of OPD receives National Night Out Cup
The Neighborhood Watch Unit of the
Orlando Police Department (OPD) received the National Night Out Cup.
Thank you to all of the Neighborhood Watch Block Captains who
participated in National Night Out and to all of the great sponsors.
With their help, the OPD placed first in the nation for its National
Night Out participation.
December 16, 2011
National Night Out
The National Association of Town Watch
has selected the City of Orlando Police Department (OPD) as the National
Night Out first place winner in Category 2, which are cities with
populations from 100,000 to 299,000.
This past August, neighborhoods throughout Orlando joined forces with
15,325 communities nationwide for the 28th Annual National Night Out (NNO)
crime and drug prevention event. OPD has placed in the top winning
categories for the last 17 years. This is the first time OPD has placed
National Night Out is a great example of the partnership of citizens and
police working together to combat crime. Congratulations to all of the
neighborhoods that participated to make these events a success.
October 21, 2011
Grant for School
Monday, the Orlando City Council accepted a $64,000 Secure Our Schools
grant from the United States Department of Justice.
Through the grant, the Orlando Police Department will work in
conjunction with Orange County Public Schools to install security access
control systems in five schools located within the City of Orlando. At
Blankner School and Odyssey Middle School, enhanced perimeter door locks
will be installed to ensure doors can be locked immediately in the event
of an emergency, allowing access to authorized individuals only. Grant
funds will also be used for the installation of camera systems in
Ventura, Lake Como and Shingle Creek Elementary Schools.
October 7, 2011
Sharp honored with Good Citizenship Award
During the City Council meeting on Monday, Mayor Dyer presented Delaney
Park resident, Bryan Sharp, with the Good Citizenship Award for
assisting the Orlando Police Department with information that lead to
the arrest of 8 suspected burglary criminals.
September 30, 2011
Police Chief Rooney,
Harbor House and Volunteers Distribute Door Hangers as Part of the It
Takes Courage Campaign
As part of the It Takes Courage campaign, Orlando Police Chief Paul
Rooney joined Harbor House and more than 100 volunteers as part of Heart
of Florida United Way's Days of Caring on September 23 to distribute
15,000 door hangers among 24 apartment complexes in the City of Orlando
to raise community awareness about the signs of domestic abuse. In just
over 3 hours, volunteers placed 8,488 door hangers in the community and
as a result of the campaign, Harbor House saw an increase in victims to
their shelter with more than 110 people in the shelter on Friday
The It Takes Courage campaign was launched on August 23 by Orlando Mayor
Buddy Dyer, Chief Rooney and Harbor House in an effort to address the
dramatic rise of incidences of domestic abuse in the City of Orlando
over the last three years. This campaign seeks to educate the community
on the warning signs of domestic abuse to empower survivors to take
control of their lives and create safer communities.
To help, make a call to the professionals at Harbor House at
407.866.2856. If you see or hear someone in immediate danger, always
call 9-1-1 first.
September 23, 2011
In recent weeks, Delaney Park and surrounding neighborhoods have
experienced daytime, home burglaries. In response, Mayor Dyer met with
Orlando Police Chief Rooney and the Orlando Police Department’s (OPD)
Community Relations Officers to ensure that a proactive approach to this
problem was being taken.
In less than a week, OPD was able to make arrests of multiple suspects
that not only impacted this criminal activity, but also recovered some
of the stolen property. Just last weekend, OPD conducted covert
operations in the Delaney Park neighborhood and made two more arrests of
suspects for Grand Theft and a Traffic Offense.
August 26, 2011
Kicks for Guns
Orlando Police Department and 12 additional police agencies partnered
with REAL Radio 104.1, 102 JAMZ and Power 95.3 for the 13th annual Kicks
for Guns event on August 19. Kicks for Guns trades new tennis shoes and
gift cards for guns in an effort to remove firearms off the streets and
keep them from falling into the hands of criminals.
The event yielded 2,230 total firearms, 10 of which were stolen.
Firearms collected by each agency were as follows: Orlando Police
Department 135, the Orange County Sheriff's Office 197, Daytona Police
Department 174, Ocoee Police Department 113, Lake County Sheriff's
Office 398, Cocoa Police Department 259, Winter Park Police Department
44, Volusia County Sheriff's Office 143, Seminole County Law enforcement
Sanford location 194, Seminole County Law Enforcement Casselberry
location 202, Osceola County Sheriff's Office 70, Kissimmee Police
Department 107 and Palm Bay Police Department 194.
Thank you to all who participated and helped to make Central Florida's
August 23, 2011
It Takes Courage
On August 23, 2011 Orlando Mayor Buddy
Dyer joined with Police Chief Paul Rooney to announce It Takes
Courage, a new partnership with Harbor House aimed at curbing
Over the last three years, incidences of domestic abuse have risen
dramatically in the City of Orlando – more than 26 percent since 2008
with nearly 3700 domestic-related incidences.
And already in 2011, the number of domestic murders is double the number
in all of 2010. To combat this troubling trend, Mayor Dyer and the
Orlando Police Department have partnered with Harbor House to launch
It Takes Courage - a domestic violence community education campaign
to dramatically stem domestic abuse.
to read the press release.
for the printable flyer.
August 5, 2011
National Night Out
Tuesday, Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioners, Fire Chief John Miller
and Police Chief Paul Rooney joined several neighborhoods to celebrate
the 28th annual National Night Out.
This annual event is a fun way for Neighborhood Watch groups to bring
neighbors together as they work to improve crime and drug prevention
awareness, generate participation in local anti-crime programs, increase
neighborhood spirit and strengthen police-community partnerships.
The City of Orlando had another great year for participation with 72
registered neighborhood parties, 10 National Night Out Goes to Church
parties, 6 National Morning Out parties and 6 National Night Out Goes to
Summer Camp parties. Thank you to all of the neighborhoods who
participated this year.
Chief Paul Rooney
Sworn in as 37th Chief of Police of the City of Orlando
Thursday, June 9, 2011, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer swore in Chief Paul
Rooney as the new Chief of Police of the City of Orlando at the
time-honored Change of Command Ceremony at the Amway Center. Chief
Rooney will oversee the day-to-day operations of the department and
serve as chief counsel to the Mayor on matters of public safety. Chief
Rooney has served the Orlando Police Department for 24 years and was
appointed Chief of Police in May 2011 by Mayor Dyer. Watch a recap on
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