Friends – We are over the summer hump getting past the 4th of July. We are getting into the time to pay attention to the tropics and waves coming off Africa. This is also the time of year to ensure that your hurricane plans are dusted off, the generators and supplies checked, and you are prepared in case we have a Hurricane. There are a ton of resources out there to help you do these things, many of which are available online or at City Hall. Our city hurricane drill is August 1st, where we will do the exact same thing as city staff.
As far as the other things happening at the department, we are wrapping up a transition to a new statistical tracking and reporting system. This has been a huge undertaking over the last month or so and we are more interconnected with surrounding agencies as a result. This will assist in information sharing and case work. We have several new hybrid patrol vehicles being upfitted which will bring our fleet up to around 75% hybrid vehicles. Admin staff has been augmenting patrol throughout the summer months, adding another 3 officers each weekend to assist with the call volumes. We continue to enforce traffic violations daily and
have a new electronic speed sign out and about tracking statistics and alerting drivers to their speed. Your beach patrol staff has been working hard enforcing the beach rules and cleaning up the beach. The fire department renovation is complete, and the fire staff has been working hard training to be prepared to respond to emergencies.
As always, if you see something we need to address, say something. We appreciate our partnership with our citizens and visitors.
Chief Andrew Gilreath