Police Department


Chief of Police
Craig Hartmann

(561) 266-5800 (561) 274-9457 Emergency: Call 911

Chief's Message


On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the Highland Beach Police Department it is my pleasure to welcome you to our web site. The site will provide you with an overview of the organization and the services our department provides to our citizens.

The mission of the Highland Beach Police Department is to provide our community with professional police service and we are diligent to ensure our efforts are directed toward the successful delivery of these services. Highland Beach is one of the safest communities in South Florida and keeping the Town safe and secure for our residents, business owners, and visitors to our community is the top priority for the Highland Beach Police Department.

The relationship with our department and the community we serve is an excellent one, and the Highland Beach Police Department is committed to strengthening the crucial bonds of respect and support with the citizens that we have sworn to protect. All of our efforts are focused on making Highland Beach one of the best and safest places for those to live, work, and visit.


Information:

Address:
3614 South Ocean Blvd.
Highland Beach, FL 33487
Phone #:
(561) 266-5800
Fax #:
(561) 274-9457
Emergency
Call 911


Hours
The Administration / Records staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. If you need a police officer after hours, call (561) 276-2458 (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center), and they will dispatch an officer to you.


Crime Reports Map

Police Dept. F.A.Q

How can I get fingerprinted?

Fingerprints are done at the front desk Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (best to call in advance for availability, (561) 266-5800). Fingerprinting is free to Highland Beach residents and $15 per card for non-residents. You must provide the cards.

How do I obtain a police report?

Police reports can be obtained at the front desk Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. There is a charge off 15 cents per page for non-residents, a public records request form might be required.

Public Records Request Form

Where is your department located?

Our police station is at:
3614 S. Ocean Blvd.
Highland Beach, FL 33487
You can contact us at (561) 266-5800

Should I dial 9-1-1 if I have a non-emergency situation?

No. Please call Highland Beach’s non-emergency number at:
(561) 276-2458.
Never tell the Communications Specialist that a situation is more serious than it really is. It is against the law to intentionally and knowingly give false information to the police or emergency services. Abuse of 911 may delay someone’s access to emergency assistance.

If I accidentally call 9-1-1, what should I do?

Stay on the phone and let the Communications Specialist know that it was a mistake. Also remember to place your cell phone on “Lock or Keylock” mode so that it does not accidentally dial 911.

Mission, Vision & Values
Mission
The Highland Beach Police Department is dedicated to providing our community with quality police service and is committed to creating an environment of safety and security by deterring crime, resolving issues, maintaining safe roadways, and protecting life and property of our citizens.

Vision
To be recognized as a progressive law enforcement agency committed to improvement, professionalism, and excellence in the delivery of police service.

Values
    We are dedicated to service and committed to excellence and will achieve this through our core values:
  • Integrity - We hold ourselves accountable to the highest level of honesty, truthfulness and ethical conduct.
  • Pride - We take pride in ourselves as individuals, our department as a team, and our citizens as a community.
  • Professionalism – We are committed to the highest level of professional standards through the development of dedicated and highly trained employees.
  • Respect – We value that all persons are treated with equality, courtesy, and dignity.
Accreditation


Accreditation 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. Since 1993 law enforcement agencies in Florida have attained accredited status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. To maintain accreditation the Highland Beach Police Department is required to comply with over 250 professional standards.
Learn more about law enforcement accreditation
Aggressive Driving

What is Aggressive Driving?
When a person commits a combination of moving traffic offenses, which is likely to endanger other persons or property, it is known as “aggressive driving.” Typical traffic violations that are considered aggressive include:

  • Exceeding the posted speed limit
  • Unsafely or improperly changing lanes
  • Following another vehicle too closely
  • Improper passing
  • Violating traffic control or signal devices
  • Blocking the passing lane
  • Erratically speeding up or slowing down

Why is it a Problem?
Aggressive driving is a dangerous practice, perhaps responsible for as many secondary accidents as those involving the aggressive driver. It is learned behavior, often associated with certain personality types, and may become habitual, even when the vehicle operator is in no particular hurry. To be sure, aggressive driving isn’t worth the obvious risks.

Approximately two-thirds of all automobile fatalities and injuries are related to some form of aggressive driving. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, Florida historically ranks very high with the number of fatalities attributed to aggressive driving.

What can you do?
If you encounter an aggressive driver, don’t become a victim. Consider the following behaviors:

  • Do not engage the other driver
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Do not return gestures
  • Do not use the horn
  • Get the tag number, if it can be done easily
  • Report the driver to local law enforcement
  • If approached, drive to a safe location
  • Put your pride in the back seat
  • Always wear your safety belt
  • Be a courteous driver

Avoid Confrontations with an Aggressive Driver
Remember, it is important to realize that in certain traffic situations you may be putting your life at risk and you should really ask yourself, “is it worth a potentially violent confrontation with an individual I don’t even know?” It is a very serious reality; you don’t know the emotional variables in play or how far some people are willing to take an otherwise harmless traffic encounter. More likely, you don’t know anything about the guy in the other car and you can’t accurately predict how a confrontation will end. Play it smart and take the high road whenever possible!

Penalties
Although several factors may contribute to aggressive driving, traffic congestion seems to be the leading cause of frustration as slow or stationary traffic situations present conditions which may trigger driver aggression.

Most aggressive driving violations, such as improper passing, failing to yield the right-of-way and following too closely, generate fines and points on the violator's driving record.
Away From Home Initiative

The Highland Beach Police Department is pleased to provide the Away From Home initiative to our residents. Away From Home is an invaluable service that offers residents, who are seasonal, vacationing or away from their home for extended periods, the reassurance that if an issue arises such as utility emergencies, suspicious activity, a crime or any other emergency situation, the resident and/or designated emergency contact person can be identified and contacted expeditiously. For residents who choose to participate, Away From Home is a free courtesy service that will provide contact information which will enhance our police department’s ability to quickly respond to and remedy any emergency situations.
Away From Home Initiative PDF
Biased-Based Profiling

Prohibited Actions
The exercise of police authority based solely upon an individual’s race, ethnic origin, gender, age, or income status by the members of our department is prohibited. The Highland Beach Police Department is committed to enforcing the law in a fair and impartial manner recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority while protecting the rights of all persons.

To this end, enforcement action, including but not limited to vehicle stops, stop and frisk of an individual, arrests, searches and seizures, the application of force, and initiation of forfeiture proceedings, must be made solely on law, departmental policy, and facts that can be articulated / documented.

The basis for any and all enforcement action will be strictly based on illegal or improper activity. Initiating any action based solely on a person’s race, color, creed, religion, gender, lifestyle orientation, or physical handicap, is strictly prohibited and is cause for Department disciplinary action.

Continued Training
Officers will receive continued training beyond the academy regarding proactive enforcement, officer safety, cultural diversity, search and seizure, courtesy, and communication skills. In keeping with the Department’s mission and values, training programs will emphasize the need to respect the rights of all citizens to be free from unreasonable intrusion or police action.
Bicycles, Rollerblades & Skateboards

Rules of the Road
  • Bicycles
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Always obey traffic laws, road signs, and traffic lights.
  • Ride in a straight line with traffic, never against it.
  • Walk your bicycle across busy or major streets.
  • Pass on the left side of vehicles.
  • Use hand signals for turning and stopping.
  • Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and cars turning in front of you.
  • Watch for opening doors when riding alongside parked cars.
  • Go slow on sidewalks, yielding to walkers and joggers.
  • Pass to the left of a person by slowing up and giving a warning such as “Passing on your left.”
  • Never carry others on the seat of handlebars.
  • Wear bright colored clothing with reflective strips, particularly at night.

    Roller Blades & Skateboards
  • Always wear safety gear – a helmet, wrist guards, and elbow and knee pads.
  • Never ride in the street.
  • Do not skate in crowds of non-skaters, such as on busy sidewalks.
  • Always yield to walkers and joggers.
  • Pass to the left of a person and give a warning such as “Passing on your left.”
  • Never hitch a ride from any vehicle.

For additional information on safety please feel free to contact the Highland Beach Police Department at:
(561) 266-5800.
Children ID Cards

The Highland Beach Police Department has developed a child identification card to offer those families that reside in our town. Why a child ID card? An ID card can be a lifesaver in an emergency by providing important medical information, including allergies and other medical conditions, emergency contacts and even a medical release signature to first responders, law enforcement or others in the event of an injury or accident.

The safety of our children is what is most important to all of us. According to The United States Department of Justice, approximately 797,000 kids are reported missing each year – that’s 2,185 kids on average every day. It’s estimated that 34 percent of American parents wouldn’t be able to accurately describe their child to law enforcement, including details of exact height and weight as well as their child’s eye color. Child ID cards answer these questions. The child ID cards are not a microchip, monitoring system or other tracking device, but it does have the child’s full legal name, address, birth date, height and gender. Should your child have an ID card? The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommend that all kids have and carry identification cards.

Along with the ID cards, the police department will provide you with a Child Safety Kit which was developed by the Polly Klaas Foundation. The free kit includes information such as:

Asking for help when no trusted adult is nearby. Unacceptable adult behaviors that can threaten children. Recognizing dangerous situations. Ways to respond to dangerous situations and keep safe.

The Child Safety Kit tells parents what they need to know, and how to say it to their children. Additionally, the police department will offer fingerprinting of your child, for you to keep for your records.

For more or information, contact the Highland Beach Police Department at (561) 266-5800 to learn more.
Child Safety

American's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert
AMBER Alert is a voluntary partnership involving law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies. During an AMBER Alert, an urgent news bulletin is broadcast over the airwaves as well as on highway alert signs to enlist the aid of the public in finding an abducted child and stopping the perpetrator.

AMBER Alert is based on the same concept used to alert the public to a severe weather emergency. During an AMBER Alert, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, airs a description of an abducted child and suspected abductor. The purpose is to instantly galvanize the entire community in the search for and safe return of an abducted child.

A Child Is Missing Alert Program (ACIM)
Police departments all across the country are confronted with missing individuals on a daily basis. Children, the elderly (often suffering from Alzheimer’s), mentally or physically challenged or disabled persons, as well as college students and others at times go missing and the initial public safety response is critical. The early search and recovery efforts can make the difference.

Through high-tech telephony and computer mapping, the ACIM Alert Program has the capacity to place up to 1,000 calls in less than 60 seconds to the area where the missing person(s) was last seen or is believed to be located. This technology can also assist public safety in situations involving school lockdowns/evacuations, fugitives on the run, jailbreaks, and other issues critical to the safety of the entire community.

For more information about the Amber Alert Program: Click Here for more information
Crosswalk Safety

Pedestrians
  • Always cross at marked crosswalks, you forfeit your rights as a pedestrian if you cross elsewhere.
  • Obey any pedestrian signals and look left-right-left to make sure the road is clear in both directions before crossing.
  • If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver to be sure he/she sees you before you cross.
  • Look before walking past stopped vehicles. Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first.
  • Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians, unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles.


Bicyclists
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles and forfeit their rights as pedestrians in the case of an accident or citation.
  • Use marked bike paths or multi-use paths when available.
  • Obey vehicular traffic signals and laws on the roadways.
  • Use extra caution as you transition between bike paths, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Be aware that your actions are unpredictable to drivers and pedestrians.


Drivers
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.
  • Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks.
  • Be alert for bicyclists and skateboarders whose approach to the crosswalk may be much swifter than that of pedestrians.
  • Come to a complete stop if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
  • Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past yours before resuming travel.
  • Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.
Firearm Safety

Each year, more than 500 children and teenagers are killed by firearms and more than 99,000 men, women and children are wounded. An estimated 1.2 million young children may have access to firearms in their homes.

Nearly one out of two homes in the United States has a firearm.

Before the age of 8, few children can distinguish a toy firearm from a real firearm.

Practicing firearm safety and teaching it to children is very important.

Firearm safety and children

Take time to tell children about the dangers of playing with firearms. Stress the difference between firearm violence on television and real-life consequences. Teach them that firearms are not toys and even toy firearms should not be pointed at people.

Practice the “all-firearms-are-loaded” philosophy. Always handle firearms as if they are loaded.

Tell your children: “If you find a firearm, leave it alone and tell an adult.” Repeat often: “Stay away from firearms.”

If you own a firearm, participate in a firearms safety program. Always read and follow instructions.

Never store a firearm while it is loaded. Do not trust the safety. Store unloaded firearms in a locked cabinet or with a firearm lock in place. They should be out of sight and out of reach of children. Ammunition should be kept in a separate place - locked up. firearm and ammunition storage keys should be stored in a safe place.

Alcohol or other mind altering drugs and firearms do not mix.
Home Security

You Can Be A Target
Any home in any neighborhood can be a target for theft, burglary, or home invasion robbery - whether you live in the city or in a rural community. Most families have valuables such as jewelry, flat-screen TVs, stereos, electronics, and computers that are turned into easy cash.

A study by the Justice Department reports that the average family has a one-in-four chance of being the victim of a serious crime each year. Because burglary is more easily detected due to the increase in residential alarms, offenders choose to utilize violence more often during the commission of their offenses. Listed below are some of the best tips found to help you protect your family and home.

Alarm Systems Tips
  • Warning Decals - Criminals look for decals on windows and door and this may deter them if they believe there is an alarm system.
  • Loud Siren – An audible alarm is most likely to chase a burglar away before entry is ever gained into your home or business.
  • 24 Hour Monitoring – Alarm companies can notify the Police Department to dispatch police officers to your home if an alarm is received by their monitoring station.

Protect Your Home
Below are a list of safety tips to help you protect your home:
  • Know your neighbors and report any suspicious activity.
  • If you have double-hung windows, bolt the upper and lower sashes together or insert a metal bar in the track to prevent opening
  • Most home burglaries occur during the day, so always lock all doors and windows whenever you go out.
  • Alarm systems are an effective deterrent and should include an audible alarm.
  • Use timers to turn on interior and exterior lights.
  • Install motion-detector outdoor lights around your home.
  • Use an etching pen to mark an ID number, like your driver's license number, on valuables.
  • Make an inventory of valuables in your household and store it somewhere other than your home, such as in a safe deposit box.
  • Never open the door to a stranger. Install peepholes in all exterior doors so you can identify whoever is outside.
  • Ask for ID from service representatives who come to your home, and if they don't have it, check with their company to verify identity before letting them in.
  • When vacationing, leave a car in your driveway or arrange for a neighbor to keep a car there and move it around from time to time.
  • For long trips be sure to stop your mail and newspaper delivery or have a neighbor collect them daily.
  • Whenever you move to a new home, change the locks.
  • Many garage door openers respond to common codes, so follow the manufacturer's instructions to program yours with a unique code no burglar's opener will match.
  • Keep your garage door locked at all times, preferably with a deadbolt lock.
  • When having a car parked or serviced, leave only the car keys.

  • For additional information or to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood contact the Highland Beach Police Department at (561) 266-5800.

    Know Your Neighbors
    Nobody knows your neighborhood better than you, report any suspicious activity immediately! Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement make one of the most effective crime prevention teams.
    Internet Safety Tips for Parents

    NetSmartz Workshop
    A collection of age-appropriate games, videos and other materials designed for kids, teens, parents, educators and law enforcement personnel. All resources teach important lessons regarding the dangers of the Internet. Some of the teen-age material, told by teens, is pretty hard-hitting. The games may be a bit daunting for adults, but game-savvy kids should have no problems. Some resources work better with a fast Internet connection.

    Internet Safety 101
    Not only do more children have access to the Internet than ever before, but they are using it more, too. Many schools incorporate the Internet into their curricula and encourage online research for projects. But that’s not all kids are doing online. They also email, chat with friends through instant messenger and in chat rooms, play games, create websites and web blogs, and just surf the ‘net.
    Even as kids grow savvier in their use of the Internet, it can still be a dangerous place. The good news is that most dangers can be avoided if children and their parents learn about smart Internet use.

    FBI - Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
    Useful information, including safety suggestions, signs that your child may be at risk of exploitation on the Internet, and a glossary of Internet terms.

    Child Safety on the Internet Highway
    Guidelines from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It is an older site, but the information is still good.

    NCMEC Publication Links
    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children links to free publications for parents.
    Move Over Act

    Florida Statute 316.126
    It's the Law!

    Motorist Are Now Required to Move Over
    Drivers are now required to move over or slow down when approaching an authorized emergency vehicle that is stopped on a highway in Florida. The "Move Over Act", passed during the 2002 session of the Florida Legislature, was signed by Governor Jeb Bush on May 1, 2002.

    Law Provisions
    There are several important provisions concerning this new law. The law effects drivers on interstate highways or other highways with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of an emergency vehicle. Except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, when approaching a law enforcement or other authorized emergency vehicle parked on a roadway with their emergency lights activated, drivers are required to vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, as soon as it is safe to do so.

    When approaching on a two-lane roadway, and except when otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, drivers are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater. If the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, drivers must travel at five miles per.

    Support Provided
    The “Move Over Act,” designed to protect law enforcement and other emergency workers on our highways, was sponsored by Senator Victor Crist, District 13, Tampa, and Representative Mark Flanagan, District 68, Bradenton. The support of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) was instrumental in getting this important piece of legislation passed.

    Facts
    During the five-year period of 1996-2000, motorists in Florida crashed into working law enforcement vehicles that were stopped / parked along Florida roadways 1,793 times, resulting in five deaths and 419 injuries.
    Ordinances

    A complete list of the Town of Highland Beach's Municipal codes can be found at:

    Municode Ordinances
    Police Commendations


    If you would like to recognize a member of the Highland Beach Police Department for excellence in job performance you may do so by completing a Police Department Commendation Form and hand-deliver or e-mail to the Police Chief, Craig Hartmann. You may also fax your form in to (561) 274-9457.

    This is one way you can inform the Police Chief of the good work his staff is providing to the citizens of Highland Beach. The mission and goals of a Police Department can only succeed with the support of the Community.
    Seat Belt Law

    Seat Belt Law
    Florida’s New Primary Seat Belt Law
    The Florida Primary Seat Belt Law went into effect June 30, 2009. The law is intended to reduce the number of injuries and deaths due to motor vehicle accidents.

    Florida Statute 316.613 Child Restraint
    Florida Statute 316.614 Safety Belt Usage

    Requirements
    The Florida Child Restraint Requirements are as follows:
    • Children age three and younger must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat.
    • Children ages 4-5 must be secured by either a federally approved child restraint seat or safety belt.

    Please note: The driver is responsible for buckling up the child.
    Vehicle Safety Tips

    You can prevent vehicle theft!
    Most cars are taken by amateurs who can be stopped fairly easily. You can increase your protection against this type of crime by taking the following sensible precautions:
    • Lock up
    • An unlocked car is an open invitation to a car thief. Lock up when you leave your car, and take the keys with you.
    • Lock the trunk or tailgate.
    • Close all windows — professional thieves have tools that unlock cars through the smallest openings.
    • Be sure vents & windows are shut tight.
    • When you park the car, remove cellular phones or other valuable possessions. Do not leave gift-wrapped packages or cameras lying on the seat. Lock all valuables in your trunk or take them with you.
    • Lock your car even if you are making a quick stop at the gas station, convenience store or supermarket.

    Park carefully
    • Don’t leave an auto in unattended public parking lots for an extended period. A car is five times more likely to be stolen from an unattended lot than from the street or attended lot.
    • If possible, park your car in a lot where you don’t have to leave your keys.
    • Never attach a tag with your name and address to your key ring. If the keys are lost or stolen, the tag will lead the thief directly to your car and your home. If you have to leave your keys with a parking attendant, leave only the ignition key.
    • At night, park in well-lit areas with lots of people around.
    • Turn wheels sharply toward the curb when parking, this makes it extra difficult for thieves to tow your car.

    Use anti-theft devices
    When buying a car, check the manufacturer’s list of anti-theft options, such as interior hood and trunk releases, locking steering columns and others.

    Consider the purchase and installation of security devices, such as:
    • Interior hood lock release.
    • Second ignition switch or “kill switch” to disable the vehicle.
    • Fuel switch to prevent fuel from reaching the carburetor.
    • Locking gas cap.
    • Locking devices for batteries, wheels, decks, etc.
    • Alarm device to activate a siren, horn or lights – or all three – to frighten the thief away.
    • Device that attaches to the steering wheel or brake pedal.

    Carjacking
    This violent, random form of auto theft is on the rise. A driver of any vehicle can be a target of someone with a weapon. It can happen anywhere, day or night. Here are some precautions:

    • Keep your doors locked.
    • Park in well-lit, busy areas.
    • Be alert of your surroundings, of people approaching your vehicle.
    • Stick with the traffic; avoid lightly traveled streets, especially after dark.
    • Keep car and house keys on separate key chains.
    • Keep the garage door opener in your purse or briefcase.
    • When stopped in traffic, always leave enough room to make an emergency getaway.
    • If someone is threatening you with a weapon, give up the vehicle — it’s not worth your life.
    Victims' Rights

    Victims' Rights Act
    In 1988 the Florida Legislature enacted the Victims' Rights Act. This act enables victims of crime to call upon the legal system for services and support during what can be a difficult period.

    Florida Statutes
    As a victim or survivor of crime, you have specific rights as outlined in Section 960.001 of the Florida Statutes.

    According to the Florida Statutes you have the right to:
    • Be informed, present, and heard, when relevant, at all crucial stages of a criminal proceeding
    • Be told how to participate in a proceeding in the case of incarcerated victims
    • Be informed of and submit written statements at all crucial stages of criminal and parole proceedings
    • Seek financial compensation through Victim Compensation
    • Crisis intervention support, and social services assistance within the community
    • Be protected from intimidation
    • Submit a victim impact statement to the court, oral, or written
    • Seek restitution from the offender for financial losses / expenses
    • The return of your property unless a compelling reason exists to retain it
    • If you are a surviving family member of a victim whose death occurred as a result of a crime, you have all these same rights.