What is the difference between Police, Sheriff, and Highway Patrol?
In Pinellas County, each municipality that has a Police Department employs Police Officers. The University of South Florida, and the Pinellas County School Board also employ Police Officers, as does the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs. Those Municipalities which do not have their own Police Department, as well as areas of the County which are "unincorporated" or not within the boundaries of a municipality, are patrolled by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The St Petersburg/Clearwater Airport Police Department was absorbed into the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in the late 1990's; thereby placing the airport under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff's Office as well. The Sheriff's Office has Countywide Jurisdiction, including within all municipalities. By Ad-Valorem taxes, the Sheriff's Office provides ancillary support for local Law Enforcement, such as K9, Marine, and Helicopter assistance. The Florida Highway Patrol is a State Law Enforcement Agency, which is responsible for Traffic Enforcement, as well as automobile and driver's licensing related crimes. In Florida, the Highway Patrol is not responsible for Policing communities in a traditional sense, as some of our Northern guests may be accustomed.

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1. Do I need to have a permit in order to park at the Tiki Gardens Parking lot?
2. How do I obtain an emergency reentry pass for my home/business?
3. Is the Indian Shores Police Department open all of the time?
4. Is the Indian Shores Police Department responsible for my neighborhood?
5. Are you the Indian Rocks Beach Police Department?
6. Are you the Redington Beach / North Redington Beach Police Department
7. Are you the Seminole Police Department
8. Are you the Madeira Beach Police Department
9. Are you hiring Police Officers?
10. How can I find out if someone was arrested?
11. What type of calls do the Indian Shores Police Officers handle?
12. Why were the Police in my neighborhood?
13. How do I submit a drug activity tip?
14. Loud stereos are disturbing me, who do I call?
15. My neighbor's dog keeps barking, who do I notify?
16. What are the laws with regard to animals at large, unlicensed, etc.?
17. I need to get fingerprinted for a permit, license, job, passport, etc. Does ISPD provide this service?
18. What is the difference between Police, Sheriff, and Highway Patrol?
19. What are the other Law Enforcement Agencies in Pinellas County?
20. How do I make or obtain an ISPD Crash Report, How do I obtain an ISPD Incident Report
21. How do I retrieve my belongings or property from the Police Department?
22. How do I retrieve my vehicle from impound?
23. How do I obtain a Restraining Order?
24. How do I obtain an emergency reentry pass for my home/business?
25. How do I get a Fishing License
26. Can a person shark fish from the beach?
27. Who do I call to report an injured bird?
28. Patches, How do I obtain a new ISPD Patch