University Police Support Services includes our Community Relations Unit, Investigations Unit, 24-hour Dispatch Center, Records, Accreditation, and Internal Affairs
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The FGCU Police Department encourages all students, faculty, and staff to be involved in campus crime prevention. The Community Outreach and Prevention Officer conducts programs on personal safety, facilitates programs for faculty, staff, students, student organizations, and community organizations. Additionally, the FGCUPD conducts programs for campus housing residents, fraternity and sorority life, student clubs and organizations, and university faculty and staff regarding safe living, personal protection, crime prevention, sexual assaults, drugs and alcohol, theft, and other crimes.
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The Criminal Investigations Unit is tasked with following leads developed during the initial reporting of criminal activity to the University Police Department. The Criminal Investigations Division is ready to respond anytime, day or night, to the needs of crime victims, or to the scene of any criminal activity including, but not limited to, Homicide, Burglary, Arson, Aggravated Battery, etc.
Part of the Investigations Division is forensic examination of crime scenes along with the evaluation, collection, and maintenance of evidence. At the Florida Gulf Coast University, Detectives may also utilize the services of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs in lieu of proceeding with criminal charges.
Investigative personnel receive specialized education and training in Homicide Investigation, Sexual Assault and Battery, Narcotics investigation and identification, Interview and Interrogation Techniques, Crime Scene Processing, and many other investigative disciplines. The FGCU Detective works in cooperation with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
The FGCU Detective also manages property and evidence that is submitted as part of investigations on campus. If you wish to contact the Investigations Unit, please feel free to call239-590-1956Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (except on university or national holidays).
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The Department of Public Safety and Police at Florida Gulf Coast University believes that its members have a responsibility to the community. This responsibility not only includes the enforcement of law, but maintaining professionalism at all times. This standard of professionalism should be adhered to by all employees to maintain the respect, confidence and cooperation of the community.
The Department of Public Safety and Police recognizes the rights of private citizens and also acknowledges that the University Police Employees must be free to exercise their best judgment in taking necessary and reasonable action in the performance of their duties without fear of reprisal.
Specific complaint procedures have been developed and adopted by the Department of Public Safety and Police to ensure that fair and proper action is taken when an employee is accused of misconduct. This also protects employees from unwarranted or false accusations. Additionally, this system provides a means of identifying and correcting deficiencies in policies, procedures, supervision, and/or training.
Any person who feels that he or she has been mistreated by a sworn officer or a civilian member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department has the right to file a complaint. The Internal Affairs Unit of FGCUPD reports directly to the Chief of Police and has the responsibility of investigating certain complaints of misconduct against members of the police department. Depending on the nature of the complaint, cases are investigated by either the Internal Affairs Unit or are sent to the member's direct supervisor for investigation.
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Dispatchers are the lifeline between the people who require assistance and the police officers who respond on scene. In addition to answering the police department’s general administration line, FGCUPD Dispatchers relay information to officers and first responders over the radio. Dispatchers are responsible for keeping track of the location and status of every on-duty officer and first responder.
In order to do so, Dispatchers use a system called CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch), in which they can create, log, track, and update calls and database information for the police department. The Dispatchers also maintain the National Criminal Database in which driver’s licenses and license plates can be checked, as well as the status of pending warrants and stolen items. A dispatcher is also required to maintain communication with surrounding agencies, monitor several campus alarm & camera systems, call out any after-hours personnel, and answer the 911 emergency and Blue Light phones.
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In 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 directed that the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association create a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program. Representatives from these Associations developed a process for accreditation which required compliance with more than 250 professional standards designed specifically for Florida law enforcement agencies. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation was formed, comprised of four Sheriffs, four Chiefs' of Police, and one representative each from the Association of Counties, the League of Cities, the State Law Enforcement Chiefs' Association, the Judiciary, and the Inspectors General. The Commission meets three times per year to oversee the accreditation program and to officially accredit agencies that have passed the rigorous review process.
Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. Accreditation increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency, and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency is increased.
The Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department was awarded its initial accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation on June 25th, 2014. A re-evaluation of the agency occurs every three years. The Agency has been reaccredited after each on-site assessment. Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department was awarded reaccreditation in 2017 and most recently awarded the status of reaccreditation on October 15th, 2020.
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It is the FGCU Police Department’s policy to ensure that public records in the department’s custody are maintained and managed as required by the Florida Public Records Law. This law provides that all materials made or received by FGCU Police Department and local government agencies in connection with their official business are public records.
The FGCU Police Department Records Section places a high priority on efficient, effective, and economical management of public records to ensure that information is available when and where it is needed, in an organized and efficient manner, and in an appropriate environment.
Records Requests must be made Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS
Public records requests shall be accepted in writing, by electronic mail, by telephone, by facsimile, or in person. While a request is not required to be made in writing, a written request will help the Records Section provide a more accurate response in a shorter period of time.
TRAFFIC CRASH REPORTS
Traffic crash reports are exempt from public disclosure for 60 days after the date the report is filed, except for parties involved in the crash and other specific parties outlined in the statute. This statute also provides criminal penalties (third degree felony) for the unlawful disclosure of confidential personal information and for unlawfully obtaining or attempting to obtain confidential personal information. Involved parties can obtain a crash report through LexisNexis.
All other interested parties visit www.flhsmv.gov/traffic-crash-reports.
UPD Support Services
Campus Support Complex
University Police Department
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965
Support Services Captain: James Slapp
Community Relations: Sergeant Myles Kittleson
Investigations: Detective Joe Anderson
Communications Supervisor: Dianna Sandora
Records/UPD Administrative Assistant: Smitty Rounsifer