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St. Petersburg Police Department

With a population of nearly 250,000, the City of St. Petersburg is the second-largest city in the Tampa Bay Area and the fifth largest city in Florida. Connected to mainland Florida to the north, St. Petersburg is located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

The City of St. Petersburg has its own police department comprised of 562 sworn officers and 212 civilian support staff. The police department is a department of the City of St. Petersburg (often called “St. Pete” by the locals).

If you are under investigation or if you were arrested for a crime by an officer or detective with the St. Petersburg Police Department, then you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you during every stage of the case. Never make a statement to a law enforcement officer until after you have spoken to an attorney about the case.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in St. Petersburg, FL

The criminal defense attorneys in St. Petersburg, FL, at Morris Law Firm, P.A. represent clients charged with any felony, misdemeanor or DUI offense in Pinellas County, FL.

Our attorneys are familiar with the tactics used by the St. Petersburg Police Department when conducting a criminal investigation or making an arrest. We know how to obtain evidence that might be helpful to your case including dispatch records, CAD calls, use of force reports, surveillance videos, internal affairs records, and the officer’s training materials and standard operating procedures.

Our criminal defense attorneys are experienced in representing clients in both North and South County Traffic Court and at the Pinellas County Justice Center on 49th Street in Clearwater, FL.

Let us put our experience to work for you. Call (727) 388-4736 today to discuss your case.

The Mission Statement of the SPPD

According to its website, the SPPD Mission Statement is to “deliver professional police services, to protect and ensure the safety of the community, to enforce laws and preserve the peace, and to protect the rights of all citizens by policing with the tenets of loyalty, integrity, and honor.”

The St. Petersburg Police Department is one of over 1,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The agency is one of 153 Florida law enforcement agencies accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

According to the Police Applicant Screening Service (PASS) Salary Survey, the 2017 salary ranges for the St. Petersburg Police Department is a minimum of $48,607 and a maximum of $78,004 for an officer or a detective.

How to File a Police Report in St. Petersburg

For crimes that occurred within the city limited of St. Petersburg, you might be asked to complete an online form to file a police report for certain types of crimes. The St. Petersburg Police Online Citizen Reporting System can be used to report the following types of crimes:

  • Vehicle Burglary
  • Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • Lost Property
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Harassing Phone Call

The online form is used when there are no known suspects, firearms or other weapons involved. For cases involving weapons or known suspects, the person making the complaint will be told to contact the St. Petersburg Police Communications Center at 727-893-7780 and have an officer respond to take a report.

reports filed online will be reviewed by law enforcement personnel at the St. Petersburg police department. Many cases will be assigned a permanent case number. Some cases are rejected because of incomplete or missing information. After the finalized, a detective with the St. Petersburg Police Department will be assigned to conduct an investigation.

Contact Information

St. Petersburg Police Department
1300 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Phone: (727) 893-7588

Additional Resources

St. Petersburg Police Department on Facebook – The official Facebook page of the St. Petersburg Police Department (SPPD) in St. Petersburg, Florida, provides information about this law enforcement agency in Pinellas County.

St. Petersburg Police Department on Twitter – Follow Twitter to learn more about news and recent events involving the police department in St. Petersburg, FL.

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    Melinda Morris is a former prosecutor and has handled thousands of criminal cases from investigation through sentencing enabling us to identify weaknesses in the State’s case against you.


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