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|About||Keeping the citizens of the city of Margate Florida safe.|
The City of Margate is located in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metroplex, the sixth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Margate is the oldest city in north-western Broward County having been incorporated May 30, 1955. In 1955, the city administration consisted of a Town Clerk-Treasurer, a police officer and a designated attorney.
Dana E. Watson is the Chief of Police. The police department has 146 members, which includes 111 sworn officers and 35 civilian personnel. The department, a full-service law enforcement agency, is organized in traditional, paramilitary fashion. The department is also responsible for code enforcement.
The police department follows a community-policing philosophy department-wide. Members of the department have established working partnerships with other city departments, county, state and federal agencies, homeowners associations and members of the private sector. The department has adopted a proactive stance towards establishing partnerships and addressing community issues.
The police department is composed of three bureaus whose commanders report directly to the Chief of Police:
• The Field Services Bureau consists of the Patrol Division, Community Service Aides, K-9 Unit and a Communications Coordinator. The major responsibilities for these respective components include but are not limited to: responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, investigating criminal and non-criminal complaints, investigating traffic crashes, enforcing Florida State Statutes, liaising with regional communications center, other city departments and communications vendors.
• The Investigative Services Bureau consists of the Investigative Services Division composed of the Special Operations Unit and the Criminal Investigations Unit, which includes detectives that investigate: Narcotics Enforcement, Major Crimes, Property and Persons Crimes. The Special Enforcement Team is a component of the Special Operations Unit whose respo
|Awards||CFA Excelsior Recognition - 2017|
|Founded||On May 30, 1955, Margate was created as a municipal corporation known as the Town of Margate and became the 15th municipality in Broward County. Then, in 1961, the Town of Margate was incorporated as a City.|