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Retrieve Accident Reports Online
Access BuyCrash, Longwood Police Department's Accident Report Retrieval Service (charges apply).
Community Meeting Dates
- Columbus Harbor HOA: 2nd Monday of the month - 7:00 p.m. (Longwood Community Bldg.)
- Coventry HOA: 1st Thursday of the month - 7:00 p.m. (Longwood Chambers)
- Danbury Mill HOA: 1st Wednesday of the month - 7:00 p.m. (Longwood Chambers)
- Hidden Oak Estates: 1st Wednesday of every other month - 7:00 p.m. (Board Home)
- The Landings HOA: 3rd Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. (Longwood Chambers)
- Longwood Green HOA: 3rd Thursday of the month - 6:30 p.m. (Longwood Chambers)
- Longwood Plantation: 1st Tuesday of the month - 7:00 p.m. (Longwood Community Bldg.)
- Skylark Neighborhood Watch: 3rd Tuesday of the month - 7:00 p.m. (various locations)
- Winsor Manor Civic Association/Neighborhood Watch: 1st Monday of the month - 7:00 p.m. (Longwood Community Bldg.)
Car Seat Fitting Station
The Longwood Police Department, in conjunction with the Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition, hosts car seat fitting stations with certified technicians on the first Wednesday of each month from 8:30am-10:30am. These car seat checks are by appointment only and must be scheduled at least 48 working hours in advance. Educational Classes are also provided by appointment only to those who qualify immediately after the designated car seat fittings listed above and must be scheduled at least 1 week in advance. To schedule an appointment please, email a Technician.
Attention Parents & Caregivers
Providing alcohol to anyone under 21 is not only wrong, It's against the law!
Open House Party Statute and Penalties (also know as: Social Host Liability Law or Teen Party Law):
Excerpted from Florida Statute 856.015, 775.082, 775.083
No person having control of any residence shall allow an open house party to take place at said residence if any alcoholic beverage or drug is possessed or consumed at said residence by any minor where the person knows that an alcoholic beverage or drug is in the possession of or being consumed by a minor at said residence and where the person fails to take reasonable steps to prevent the possession or consumption of the alcoholic beverage or drug.
Any person who violates any of the provisions...commits a misdemeanor of the second degree. For a misdemeanor of the second degree, penalties may include a term of imprisonment not exceeding 60 days and a fine not exceeding $500.
Strings: A series of lifelines to help keep kids safe from alcohol:
- Curfews work-enforce them.
- Lock up your alcohol, count it, track it.
- Love as a parent, not as a friend.
- Set rules-voice them, follow them.
- Don't be swayed by what other parents are doing.
- Never buy alcohol for kids because you think it's safer.
- If you think your child is drinking, they probably are-address it now.
- Limit alcohol at your own parties-kids are watching.
- Never look the other way when alcohol is being used by underage youth.
- Band together with other like-minded parents.
- Face it-as a parent, you will be the bad guy sometimes.
- Don't be afraid of losing your child's love, be afraid of losing them.
- And no, not everyone is going on Spring Break with their friends.
If You See Something, Say Something Campaign
On 9/1/11, Governor Rick Scott joined Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs Betsy Markey, and the leadership of Florida’s Domestic Security Oversight Council to launch “If You See Something, Say Something”™ in Florida. The initiative features a toll-free, statewide hotline and online reporting form for citizens to report suspicious activity.
For more information, please visit the Homeland Security's If You See Something, Say Something webpage.
Officials encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it to local authorities or call 1-855-FLA-SAFE (1-855-352-7233). It can also be reported online through the Florida Deparment of Law Enforcement website.
Longwood Police Department & Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Collecting Donations for Troops
The Longwood Police Department is now a collection site for Just Our Soldiers’ Helpers (J.O.S.H.) and would like to encourage members of the community to support this important initiative to meet the personal needs of our soldiers who are deployed in combat settings. A collection box is located in the lobby of the Longwood Police Department at 235 W. Church Avenue and donations can be made during normal business hours. To learn more about JOSH and see a list of suggested care package items, please visit the J.O.S.H. website.
Prevent Trailer Thefts
Thieves are targeting trailers and their contents throughout the entire Central Florida area but you may be able to keep your property safe by following these tips (PDF).
FBI Scam Alerts
Bogus emails (JPG) claiming to be from the Better Business Bureau are notifying companies of supposed customer grievances. The e-mail recipient is asked to review the attached “complaint,” which actually contains a virus. One victim business lost nearly $100,000 when fraudsters electronically stole money from the company’s bank account after the virus enabled them to capture passwords and other important banking information.
This scam is among five featured in the latest report from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The IC3 is a partnership between the FBI and the National White-Collar Crime Center and gives victims of cybercrime a convenient reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations.
The Grandparent Scam Don’t Let It Happen to You-You’re a grandparent, and you get a phone call or an e-mail from someone who identifies himself as your grandson. “I’ve been arrested in another country,” he says, “and need money wired quickly to pay my bail. And oh by the way, don’t tell my mom or dad because they’ll only get upset!” This is an example of what’s come to be known as “the grandparent scam”—yet another fraud that preys on the elderly, this time by taking advantage of their love and concern for their grandchildren.
Fingerprinting Changes Effective April 1, 2012
Pursuant to an FBI and FDLE mandate, hard copy fingerprint cards will no longer be accepted as of April 1, 2012. In order to comply with this new procedure, the Longwood Police Department will now only be able to process fingerprint cards for those wishing to apply for a Concealed Weapons Permit through the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. All others should visit the Altamonte Springs PD substation in the Altamonte Mall, 451 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL. The substation is located on the first floor and is open M-Sat from 10am-4pm. A valid Florida photo ID/Driver’s license is required; call 407-571-8463 for more information before you go.
Fireworks Law Reminders
Please review this flyer (PDF) to familiarize yourself with the Florida Law regarding fireworks.
Attorney General's Office Issues Emergency Order on Synthetic Drugs
On December 11, 2012 the Attorney General of Florida issued an Emergency Order adding certain chemicals to the schedule of substances controlled under Florida law. As of December 11, 2012 the synthetic drugs listed (PDF) are classified as Schedule 1 controlled substances under Florida law. It is illegal to possess, purchase, sell or distribute Schedule 1 controlled substances.The document details the process by which law enforcement is handling these substances at this time. Questions should be directed to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office City/County Investigative Bureau at (407)665-6150 or the Florida Fusion Center at (850)410-8389.
Longwood Police Department Targeting Skimmers
Officers of the Longwood Police Department have been trained on various skimming devices and will be routinely visiting local businesses in an effort to prevent citizens of Longwood from becoming victims. Chief Troy K. Hickson instituted this program to proactively address the ongoing crime trend which will include public awareness on prevention methods (PDF).
Legislation Regarding Internet Cafes
On April 10, 2013, Governor Scott signed into law CS/HB 155 (PDF) (Chapter 2013-2, Laws of Florida). This legislation reaffirms that Internet Cafe and Sweepstakes adult arcades are not exempted by exceptions in the gambling laws for charitable or nonprofit organizations, laws permitting certain game promotions or sweepstakes, and/or laws authorizing skill-based games at arcade amusement centers.
Never Leave Your Child in a Vehicle!
A South Florida mother was recently charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child after leaving her 11 month old son inside her vehicle for an undetermined amount of time which ultimately led to his death. Similar cases have become more common in the United States with 560 in-car heatstroke-related child deaths reported since 1998. These very preventable tragedies can be greatly reduced if the following recommendations are considered when traveling with a child in your vehicle:
- Never leave a child alone inside a car, not event for a minute.
- Place something that you know that you will surely need like a handbag or a cell phone on the floor board of the back seat of the vehicle.
- Establish the habit of opening the back door of your car to make sure no child has been left behind.
- Keep a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat when the seat is not occupied. When the child is placed in the car seat, place the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. Seeing the stuffed animal in the front seat will serve as a reminder that your child is in the back seat.
Dangerous Trend-Inhaling Alcohol
From the Seminole County Prevention Coalition: Minors have started a new dangerous trend-inhaling alcohol. Please review the following links from Huffington Post and Arkansas Matters for more information.
The Longwood Police Department reminds you to Be Smart. Be Safe. Trains can't stop quickly, but you can. Learn more from the SunRail website.
Reporting Traffic Crashes After The Fact
Did you have a traffic accident and decide not to report it to the police, only to find out that your insurance company is requiring you to do so? Complete a Driver's Self Report of Traffic Crash through the HSMV website.
Longwood Police Department Receives Official Accreditation Designation in October 2014
An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the most well known organizations that are required to maintain accreditation. Now, law enforcement agencies and Inspectors General in Florida can attain accredited status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. Correctional facilities and agencies with pretrial responsibilities can achieve accredited status through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.
These Commissions meet three times per year to oversee the accreditation program and to officially accredit agencies that have passed the rigorous review process. In October of 2014, the Longwood Police Department received our official accreditation designation and here are the photos documenting this little piece of Longwood PD history!
In an emergency, your clearly visible address will allow us to respond even faster!
HSI Victim Notification Program
On behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) offices, please find more information about how these agencies are committed to protecting the public and ensuring the rights of victims are carefully observed via the Victim Notification Program webpage.
Flashing Yellow Arrow Information
Run. Hide. Fight.
Please take a moment to review this important educational booklet (PDF) from the United States Department of Homeland Security. We hope you never need to use the information but it's always better to be prepared. There is also a video available on Youtube, produced by the Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. It dramatizes an active shooter incident in the workplace and its purpose is to educate the public on how to respond during such an incident. Warning: The initial sequence in this video may be disturbing.
Model Aircraft Regulations
City of Longwood Internet Purchase Exchange Location
The Longwood Police Department is now offering an internet purchase exchange location in the parking lot of the station at 235 West Church Avenue. Questions about this service? Contact Lt. Bruce at (407) 260-3408 or email him.
Nationwide, we are facing an opioid crisis with an over 400% increase in overdose deaths. Many agencies in Seminole County are working together to combat this problem and we encourage all to watch this video to open a dialogue with your friends and family. Help is available! Visit the Seminole County Prevention Coalition for more information.