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.
- 3614 S. Ocean Blvd. Highland Beach, FL 33487
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- (561) 274-9457
- 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 (Delray Beach Police Dispatch Center), and they will dispatch an officer to you.
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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
- 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!
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.
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.
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.
Rules of the Road
- 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 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.
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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Move Over Act
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A complete list of the Town of Highland Beach's Municipal codes can be found at:
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 Compliment/Comment/Complaint 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.
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.