Administrative Support, supervised by a Captain, includes:
- Code enforcement
- Park rangers
- Technical services (crime scene)
Code Enforcement officers work directly for the police department. Code enforcement officers initiate actions to maintain and enhance the quality of life in Apopka. Those actions include the enforcement of regulations that preserve and protect property values and ensure a safe environment for all citizens in the city.
Code Violations & Process
Code Enforcement inspects and provides notifications of violations regarding existing land uses and structures. The Code Enforcement Officers routinely observe violations, take appropriate legal actions to remedy the violations, including, if necessary scheduling a matter to be heard by the Code Enforcement Board.
Initiating Code Enforcement Cases
Members of the public wishing to initiate a code enforcement case may contact the office at 407-703-1738 or email the Police Department.
Specific actions by Code Enforcement includes enforcing codes relating to:
- Businesses operating without occupational license
- Construction activities without permits
- Disabled motor vehicles
- Existing structures and land uses
- Illegal commercial activities in a residential district
- Illegal uses within commercial districts
- Overgrowth of tall weeds and grass
- Residential and commercial dilapidated structures
- Sheds and fence structures
- Unsightly or discarded articles
Crime Scene Investigations involves a specialized team of civilians responsible for providing logistical assistance for the investigation of criminal activity. The services provided by this unit include:
- Maintaining property and evidence
- Providing photographic services
- Responding to crime scenes in order to process them
- Staffing the department's forensic laboratory
The members maintain the property and evidence vault and are responsible for the intake, storage, and disposition of all property and/or evidence categorized as general evidence, controlled substance, money, jewelry and weapons. Evidence received is properly documented, charted and tracked throughout the system utilizing computer generated bar code labels. The evidence is preserved and maintained, whereby it can be located and presented at any given moment.
Presently the Property and Evidence Section houses nearly 10,000 individual pieces of property and/or evidence. Additionally, the technicians process crime scenes and staff a preliminary lab to prepare evidence for court or for further processing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The primary focus is on latent search and development and a variety of chemicals and powders are used in conjunction with alternative light sources to develop and document latents on both porous and non-porous surfaces.
Processing Crime Scenes
The members routinely respond to assist detectives and patrol officers in the processing of crime scenes. They are available to respond 24-hours, 7 days a week. Each investigator is fully equipped to document the crime scene with:
- Computer generated diagrams
- Digital photography
- Digital video recordings
- Laser measurements
- Written reports
Both the Administrative Support Captain and the Operational Support Captain monitor and maintain the nearly $10 million budget of the department, grant procurement and reporting, processing various bills and purchasing of equipment. The captains work closely with the City's finance department to ensure fiscal responsibility.
The department's training unit develops training programs using relevant training methodologies to stimulate interest on the part of all personnel.
The training materials include video and audiotapes, lectures and scenarios (hands on). These materials bring to light the practical and ethical problems that officers may face on a day-to-day basis. Liability issues today encourage comprehensive documentation of all officers training qualifications and performance.
Scheduled Training & Records
The training unit schedules training and maintains all records pertaining to:
- Blood-borne/Airborne Pathogens Policy and Training
- Collision Avoidance Training
- Defensive Tactics Training
- Domestic Violence/Juvenile Sex Offender Training
- FCIC/NCIC Training
- Firearm Qualifications
- In-Service Training for all certified positions
- Legal Updates
The training unit is supervised by a sergeant who is also responsible for:
- Administration of employment entrance examinations
- Department recruiting
- Employment background investigations
- Reviewing and updating all current training programs
Additionally, all department weapon's maintenance and inventory are overseen by this unit.