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ing that fundamental rights and freedoms are rendered to
everyone. The bureau includes uniformed patrol officers, the
Crime Suppression Unit, Community Service officers and
Another outreach of the department is Community Hope
House RICH, 2304 Avenue I. It will provide educational
assistance, conflict-resolution, socialization and self-esteem
building skills for children, parents and seniors, with the goal
of creating a stronger, more trusting relationship between the
police and the general public.
“Our community engagement has been one of our biggest
attributes in solidifying the bridges that unite us with our
citizens,” Hobley-Burney says.
There was a day when crime — especially drug-related
crime — ruled certain Fort Pierce streets. Kirk remembers the
1980s, when national news anchors labeled Avenue D “the
street that never sleeps” and Fort Pierce “the crack capital of
the United States.”
“We had a population of 33,000 with 30 murders a year,”
Kirk says. “Number 2 in the country for most violent crimes
per capita. A man I knew told me he’d lie in bed and listen to
gunshots at night, sometimes up to 120.”
Statistically, Fort Pierce is much safer now with documentable
and ongoing progress. When crimes are committed,
however, victims are still vulnerable. FPPD’s Victims Advocate
Unit led by Angela Brathwaite provides emotional support,
helps victims find resources and works with the State
Attorney and social services.
Innovations in criminal justice aid officers in fighting crime
and corruption. Maj. Carlos Rodriguez leads the Support
Services Bureau which includes Crime Analysis and Intelligence,
Criminal Investigative Division, Office of Quality
Assurance, Evidence, Accreditation, Recruiting, Armory and
Hobley-Burney announced in 2022 that Fort Pierce was
ranked as one of the 100 safest cities in Florida in 2021 by the
National Council for Home Safety and Security.
“This is a proud moment,” she says. “The partnership with
our community … coupled with the dedication of our officers
and support staff proves that together we can make a difference.
Thank you to the dedicated men and women of the Fort
Pierce Police Department and to our community and stakeholders
who invested and believed in us.”
FORT PIERCE POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Fort Pierce Police Department goes above and beyond to support worthy
causes, from breast cancer awareness to Christmas toy drives.