The City of Okeechobee
Police Department is a professional and a progressive law
enforcement agency that provides law enforcement and related
services to the City of Okeechobee.
The current organizational structure of the
police department includes one police chief, one major, one
uniformed road patrol lieutenant, four uniformed road patrol
sergeants, eight road patrol officers, two part time road
patrol officers, one detective
sergeant, three detectives,
one narcotics investigator who is currently assigned to the
county task force, one school crossing guard, one police services coordinator,
five dispatchers, one part-time dispatcher, one records clerk and ten certified
auxiliary police officers.
Robert Peterson is the current
Chief of Police.
Donald Hagan is second
in command and is responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day
operations of the City Police Department.
The uniformed road patrol section serves as the most visible part of the
police department by maintaining a constant police presence in the
community, and by performing those vital police patrol functions that
help make the city a safer place for everyone.
The uniformed road patrol is
supervised by a road patrol lieutenant and is divided into four separate
squads, with each having a road patrol sergeant and two uniformed patrol
officers assigned. There is also an extra road patrol officer that works
primarily in the evening and at other times when there are a high level
of police service calls in the community.
uniformed road patrol lieutenant is in charge of this section.
The four sergeants assigned to this section are Sgt. Aurelio Almazan, Sgt. Dawn
Wendt, Sgt. Belen Reyna
and Sgt. Skip Eddings. The officers include J. P. Zeigler, Kelly Margerum, Ryan Holroyd,
Michael Jordan, Raul Marrero, Brandon Griesemer and Luis Rojas along
with officer Todd Burk and
Jeremy LaRue who work on a part-time basis.
Also assigned to the uniformed
road patrol on a part-time basis is a school crossing guard.
They are responsible for the safety of our school aged children at Central
Elementary School during the academic year.
The Criminal Investigations
Section is responsible for conducting in-depth investigations into
matters involving crime against persons and property, internal affairs
and other areas of concern. This division is supervised by Detective
Sergeant Bettye Taylor. Detectives assigned to this section are
Detective William Saum, Detective James Pickering and Detective Jack
Boon. The administrative staff and
support personnel at the police department include police services
coordinator Terisa Garcia, records clerk Jeanna Kovac, police
dispatchers Pam Wilkerson, Tiffany Noel, Adela Nunez,
Mary Boeckler and Erica Smith along with dispatcher Savannah Smith who work on a
part-time basis. Auxiliary Officer Sandra Bostwick is the school crossing
The Okeechobee City Police
actively work with community leaders and members through various
collaborative efforts that involve implementation of problem solving
strategies, promoting crime prevention activities and fostering safety
education and awareness programs that help to better inform the citizens
in our community on matters of public concern.
The Okeechobee City
Police Department is located at 50 SE 2nd Avenue. You can contact
them at 863-763-5521 or fax them at 863-763-7804.