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Department Units

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Community Policing

Community Policing Police Cars and OfficersThe goal of the Longboat Key Police Department is to foster a partnership with local businesses and residents. This partnership between police and community provides opportunities for identifying problems and implementing solutions. Working closely with the community enables an officer to know the residents and the residents to become familiar with it’s officers. The main focus for the Police Department is to meet the needs of the community and enhance quality of life on Longboat Key.

Crime Prevention

Our Officers will provide individuals or groups with information on personal safety and home security. LBKPD is available to meet with groups or the individual homeowner to educate the community on how to prevent residential crimes. For more information on crime prevention or residential security surveys, please call (941) 316-1977.

For additional information on protecting yourself from crime visit the Office of the Florida Attorney General.

Traffic Enforcement

Our Police Department employs officers who specialize in traffic homicide investigations, D.U.I. enforcement and traffic crash investigations. All officers enforce laws which govern the movement of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian traffic. In addition, our officers assist surrounding agencies with multi-agency D.U.I. check points.

Marine Enforcement

Marine Enforcement BoatOur Marine Patrol vessel patrols the waterways that surround Longboat Key. This unit monitors compliance with boating and fishing laws. Vessel inspections are encouraged and are available upon request. Making the waterways safe for all to enjoy is top priority for this unit.

Beach Patrol

The Beach Patrol Officer is a civilian position that patrols the beaches enforcing local ordinances, monitoring beach parking and providing assistance as needed. This officer is also EMT certified and is equipped to provide first aid.


The Longboat Key Police Department, Sarasota Police Department, Venice Police Department, and the Sarasota Sheriffs Office are dispatched through the Sarasota Sheriffs Office Dispatch Center which is located at the Emergency Operation Center.