Indian Shores Police Department


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Citizen Action Team

Both the Town of Indian Shores and Redington Shores have approved the Indian Shores Police Department Volunteer Citizen Action Team (C.A.T.). There are several requirements that need to be met to become a member of our Citizen Action Team.

Citizen volunteer assignments can include administrative and operational functions. Volunteer duties could include specific clerical tasks and such things as traffic direction, patrolling the beach during turtle season, and special details at Town events. Citizen volunteers are not sworn law enforcement officers, and they do not have any police authority or arrest powers.

C.A.T. volunteers will be recruited from both Indian Shores and Redington Shores and will be deployed in a variety of assignments based upon skill set and need.

Requirements include:

  • All C.A.T. applicants will complete a volunteer application, a signed volunteer participation agreement along with a release and hold harmless waiver fully releasing both Towns and the Police Chief and Police Department from any and all liability.
  • All C.A.T. volunteers must also agree to maintain the required minimum participation level of four (4) hours per month or 48 hours annually, to be considered as an “Active Member” in the program.
  • A background check will be conducted. Upon clearance, the candidate’s application and background information along with the C.A.T. Applicant Review Board’s recommendation will be submitted to the Chief of Police for final review and appointment as a conditional C.A.T. Member.
  • All C.A.T. volunteer candidates will be required to complete a training & orientation program prior to becoming “Active Members” in the program. The C.A.T. program training curriculum may vary and evolve but at a minimum will include basic Human Resource policy and procedures and expectations of conduct and performance, basic safety and traffic safety, and basic First Aid/CPR & AED training.
  • Participation in the C.A.T. program is not guaranteed and all or part of the program may be eliminated at any time by the Chief of Police. Appointment to, participation in, and removal from the C.A.T. program will be at the sole discretion of the Chief of Police.

If you are interested in joining the Indian Shores Police Department Volunteer Citizen Action Team, please fill out and return the C.A.T. Volunteer Application.

Please call Lori Kaess at (727) 595-5414 for any questions or concerns.

We look forward to working with you!

                                                                    Chief Richard "Rick" Swann

Our History

The year is 1964, when the Town of Indian Shores was known as Indian Rocks Beach - South Shore. Both the Town and its citizens recognized the need for a Police Department, as did the neighboring Town of Redington Shores. Through their combined efforts, the Shores Police Department was formed.  Fast forward to today, The Indian "Shores" Police Department continues to serve the needs of the two Towns with honor and pride.

The slide show pictured above and below show the evolution of the Department since inception. We hope you enjoy and if anyone has photos from over the years they would like to share, please contact the Police Department at 727-595-5414.

Remember, you are part of our history!

Serving the Towns of Indian Shores and Redington Shores

The Indian Shores Police Department is comprised of men and women from a variety of backgrounds; all with the common goal of Protecting with Honor and Serving with Pride.  The Community Policing concept is a natural component of our hometown Department, and most of the Officers are known around town by first name.  We encourage you to look through the website to be familiar with your Police Service; and feel free to reach out to us whenever we can be of assistance.  On behalf of the Indian Shores Police Department, Thanks for letting us serve you.

Community Awareness Program:

The Indian Shores Police Department is starting a new initiative this year. We wish to reach out and build a better bond with the residents of our two communities, Indian Shores and Redington Shores, and let them know we are here for them. 

We plan to host classes covering a variety of public safety topics. These classes will run between 1 – 2 hours each and will be held in the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785.

We would like to hear from Council/Commission members and residents on topics of special interest that you would like to see covered. See us in person or contact Detective Cari Bittrich at (727) 595-5414 with your ideas.