DIVISIONS & SPECIALIZED UNITS OF HSPD

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The Police Services Division is the “backbone” of the High Springs Police Department. The Police Services Division consists of the Uniformed Patrol Division and Special Operations and Units.   
 

Uniformed Patrol is comprised of Officers and Supervisors that respond to all emergency and non-emergency calls within the City of High Springs. Two shifts (7AM-7PM) and (7PM-7AM), provide 24-hour a day, 7-days a week coverage. Each shift is supervised by a Patrol Sergeant. The Uniformed Patrol Division is Commanded by the Deputy Chief of Police.

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT & TRAFFIC HOMICIDE DIVISION

Officer James Yakubsin and Officer Jason Taylor are the Agency’s Traffic Enforcement Officers. Both Officer Yakubsin and Officer Taylor are Certified Traffic Homicide Investigator.
 
HSPD BIKE PATROL UNIT OFFICER J. FRICK, OFFICER J. YAKUBSIN, OFFICER J. TAYLOR
 
POLICE K-9 DIVISION

Handled by K-9 Officer Ethan Presnell, K-9 Cesar is a male Czechoslovakian German Shepherd and is certified in the detection of illegal narcotics. He is also patrol and apprehension certified. K-9 Cesar can detect the odor of multiple narcotics and illegal drugs. He participates in regular training exercises, and re-certifies annually on narcotics through the National Police Canine Association.

 K-9 Officer Ethan Presnell and K-9 Cesar

 

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER DIVISION
The High Springs Police Department was proud to introduce Officer Lawrence “Larry” Downing, as High Springs Community School’s most current School Resource Officer. Officer. Downing will is currently assigned to the High Springs Community School as the Hawks’ School Resource Officer. SRO Downing is a 30 veteran of Law Enforcement and served as a School Resource Officer at both the Elementary and Middle school levels. SRO Downing has taught both D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and G.R.E.A.T (Gang Resistance Education and Training).
 
POLICE CHAPLAIN UNIT
The Police Chaplain Unit consists of local Clergy from within the City of High Springs. The Police Chaplains are available for call out during tragic events such as traffic homicides, death investigations, major crimes against children and any related service call where guidance, assistance and spiritual support may be needed. The Chaplains are also available for counseling and assistance to the Officers within the Department. Chaplain Lambert is the Pastor of First Baptist High Springs and Chaplain Hall is an Evangelist at High Springs Church of God by Faith.
POLICE CHAPLAIN DEREK LAMBERT
POLICE CHAPLAIN JESSICA HALL
RECORDS DIVISION

The Records Unit endeavors to provide high level customer service in facilitating and disseminating public records to our internal and external requestors in an appropriate and timely manner.

Reports may be requested by mail, E-mail, or in person. Phone and fax requests will not be accepted, nor will reports be faxed or E-mailed to requestors. Requests by mail must include the required fee along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Prior to mailing your request, call the Records Unit to confirm the report has been received and to obtain a cost for the report. Please note that some reports may require redaction of restricted information. Please allow 10 working days after an incident or accident has occurred before attempting to obtain a copy of a report.

Accident Reports

The State requires that anyone requesting an accident report within the first 60 days of its occurrence must complete a SWORN STATEMENT specifying why you are entitled to that report.

You may use this link to print an ADOBE PDF copy of the SWORN STATEMENT FOR CRASH INFORMATION FORM.

If you are requesting an accident report by mail, please provide the Records Unit with a signed and notarized original of the SWORN STATEMENT with your written request. After the 60th day no, SWORN STATEMENT is required to obtain an accident report. Accident reports over a year old may be obtained from Tallahassee at 850-617-3414 or 850-617-3416.

The basic fees for copies of reports are:

  • .15¢ per single-sided copy
  • .20¢ per double-sided copy

In accordance with F.S.S. 119.07(4)(d), an applicable service charge may be assessed for certain requests.

Arrest Reports

When an arrest is made you are immediately entitled to a copy of the arrest affidavit. Incident reports involving an arrest must be filed by the State Attorney’s Office prior to being released to the public.

Criminal History Checks

Local Criminal History Check (also called “Background Checks”), listing of Alachua County arrests, and case disposition information is available through the Alachua County Clerk of Courts.

State of Florida background checks may be obtained from FDLE’s website: www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content or by calling 850-410-8109.

Fingerprinting

Fingerprinting Services are offered by the High Springs Police Department (at the below listed address) on the following days:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Residents; living within the City of High Springs jurisdictional limits: No Charge

Non-Residents: $10

Concealed Weapons Permits (CWP): $5

Fingerprint cards are not provided by this agency and a valid photo ID is required for this service.

 

INTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION

Mission Statement

The mission of the High Springs Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the City of High Springs by working in partnership with the community. We will preserve the peace and uphold the law within the framework of the United States Constitution. Our mandate is to operate with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards, accountability and transparency to maintain public confidence.

The Internal Affairs Unit  

Internal Affairs primary function is to receive, process and investigate complaints made against members of the High Springs Police Department. When a complaint is received, every effort is made to ensure a thorough, timely, and fair investigation of the allegation(s) contained in the complaint. The openness of the Department in the acceptance of a complaint is a principle element of professionalism and community responsiveness. All complaints are processed and reviewed by the Internal Affairs Unit and submitted to the Chief of Police for review and final disposition.  Internal Affairs Unit duties include:

  • Investigating alleged misconduct by Department Members.
  • Providing assistance to Supervisors in investigations of alleged misconduct by Department Members.
  • Investigating critical incidents (e.g., Officer involved shootings, etc.).
  • Record, register, and control the investigation of complaints against Members.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the Internal Affairs Unit’s investigations and records.
  • Prepare an annual report of incidents investigated and/or logged by the Internal Affairs Unit.
How do I file a complaint against a Member of the Police Department?

The High Springs Police Department has created a Complaint Brochure to inform High Springs residents and visitors of the process of making a complaint.

The brochures are also available at the Police Department Headquarters.

Complaint Process

All complaints will be accepted by the Internal Affairs Unit and can be received in person, by letter, by Citizen Commendation/Complaint Form, by telephone, or by E-mail. Anonymous complaints are also accepted. The Office of the Chief of Police will review all complaints and a determination will be made to assign the complaint to the appropriate Supervisor or the Internal Affairs Unit for investigation.

Following a thorough and impartial investigation, a disposition will be rendered based on all available factual information. The complainant will be contacted at the completion of the investigation, and will have an opportunity to discuss the disposition of the complaint.

Step 1: You may contact the High Springs Police Internal Affairs Unit at (386) 454-1415 or by E-mail to [email protected]

Step 2: Complaints can be documented on a Citizen Commendation/Complaint Form. Forms are located in the lobby of Police Headquarters or available on our website.

Step 3: Completed Citizen Commendation/Complaint Forms may be hand-delivered to any On-Duty Supervisor, hand-delivered to Police Headquarters (Monday through Friday   8:00 AM—4:00 PM), mailed to 23720 NW 187th Avenue High Springs, FL 32643, faxed to HSPD at (386) 454-7801, or submitted via E-mail attachment to [email protected]

Step 4: You may at any time speak with an On-Duty Supervisor to initiate a complaint on any Member of the High Springs Police Department.

Step 5: Upon receipt of the complaint, you will be contacted by the investigating Supervisor or the Internal Affairs Unit. At this step you may be requested to provide a sworn statement(s), produce any evidence of allegations and/or discuss the complaint in detail.

You may download a CITIZEN COMMENDATION/COMPLAINT FORM here. You must have Adobe Acrobat in order to open the file.

You must print, fill out, then mail, hand-deliver (Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM), fax, or submit via E-mail attachment to:

High Springs Police Department
C/O Internal Affairs Unit
23720 NW 187th Avenue
High Springs, Florida 32463
(386) 454-1415 (press option 3 for the Internal Affairs Unit)
(386) 454-7801 (fax)
[email protected]

How long does it take to complete the investigation?
The average investigation takes from 30 days to 6 months to complete. This would depend on the complexity of the case, the availability of witnesses, and the involvement of other agencies, such as the State Attorney’s Office.
Will I be able to see the completed investigation?
All complaints are kept confidential and are not subject to public disclosure prior to the completion of the investigation. Once completed, you can obtain a copy by submitting a Public Records request via the High Springs Police Department Records Section. Per Florida State Statute Chapter 119, there may be a charge for copying these documents.
How will an investigation be classified?

The results of all complaints are called findings and there are FIVE classifications:

  • Unfounded: The act of acts complained of did not occur or did not involve High Springs Police Department Members.
  • No Conclusion: Insufficient evidence to clearly prove the allegation/complaint.
  • Sustained: The preponderance of evidence clearly proves the allegation/complaint. Guilty as charged.
  • Not Sustained: The Member’s actions were justified, lawful, or in accordance with Standard Operation Procedure. Not guilty.
  • Withdrawn: The complainant retracted the allegation(s) through either a verbal or written statement.
If the complaint is sustained, what type of corrective action/discipline will the Member receive?

Correction Action/Discipline for violation of Departmental Policies can result in the following outcomes:

  • Verbal Counseling
  • Remedial Training
  • Written Reprimand
  • Suspension from Duty Without Pay
  • Demotion (Ranking Members)
  • Termination From the Department
Is there any risk in making a complaint against a Member of the Police Department?

No, unless you deliberately make a false complaint against any Police Department Member, then you may be prosecuted criminally and/or be held civilly liable.

PLEASE READ: It is against Florida law to knowingly make a false complaint against any Member of the High Springs Police Department. Florida State Statute 837.06 reads as follows: “Whoever knowingly makes a false statement in writing with the intent to mislead a public servant in the performance of his or her official duty shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.”

What rights do Police Officers have when a complaint is made against them?

Officers are protected by the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights pursuant to Florida State Statute Chapter 112 and their Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both provide that the Officer shall not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, or threats from Supervisors. Officers have a right to counsel or union representation during the investigation.

How to Commend a Member for a Job Well Done?

Members of the High Springs Police Department make every effort to perform their duties in a fair, competent, and professional manner. Many members surpass the expectations of the public by providing exceptional service above and beyond the call of duty. If you observe a High Springs Police Department Member performing their duties in a manner you think is exceptional, then we encourage you to take a moment and tell us about it. Our Members take great pride in being recognized by Members of the public when they have performed their duties in an exceptional manner. Positive citizen commendations improve Member morale and encourage all Members to work harder to improve their individual performance, and the quality of the services they provide to the public.If you would like to tell us about the exceptional service that you received, or you observed being done for someone else, you may choose to complete the Citizen Commendation/Complaint Form or write to the Chief of Police at the address provided above.

Please accept our sincere gratitude for sharing your experience with us!