Police Department

Police officer talking into a radio

The Clearwater Police Department is honored to serve Bright and Beautiful Clearwater, from Bay to Beach.

What We Do

The mission of the Clearwater Police Department is to consistently provide effective, professional and dependable law enforcement services to every citizen, visitor and business within the city of Clearwater.

Clearwater officers embrace a “preservation-of-all-life” philosophy and practice a community policing approach that is customer-service centric. Clearwater officers make our community better by preventing crime and effectively responding to crime. They are trained to be “community champions” who engage our citizens, solve problems and improve the quality of life in Clearwater.

The strategic plan of the police department adopts a precision policing approach that focuses efforts on:

  • Tackling Crime
  • Training/Employee Wellness
  • Tourism
  • Trust
  • Technology/Infrastructure
  • Traffic Safety
Frequently Called Numbers
Non-emergency matters requiring police response
Select the first option on the automated menu; your call will be forwarded to the police communications center. Available 24 hours.
Phone: (727) 562-4242
Fax: (727) 562-4221
Headquarters Information Desk
Available 24 hours. For general information about reports, who to call, referrals, hours of operation, location of facilities, etc.; not for reporting of incidents requiring police response. Available 24 hours.
Phone: (727) 562-4420
Administration
Available 24 hours. This is an automated telephone attendant which will guide you to the appropriate division of the police department. During non-business hours, most divisions and staff have 24-hour voice mail.
Phone: (727) 562-4242
Office of Professional Standards
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; voice mail messages may be left 24 hours. Includes internal affairs, accreditation, and staff inspections; receives and investigates questions and complaints about police employees and operations; conducts internal inspections and reviews to insure compliance with laws and standards.
Phone: (727) 562-4304
Office of the Chief
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Includes the offices of the chief of police, deputy chief, news media information and grant administration.
Phone: (727) 562-4343
Fax: (727) 562-4339

Records Section
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4p.m. For copies of accident, crime, and incident reports, records checks, solicitor permits, and police activity reports.

Closed in observance of these holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Phone: (727) 562-4441
Fax: (727) 562-4415

Department Head

Chief Daniel W. Slaughter

Chief Daniel W. Slaughter

A graduate of Largo High School and the University of South Florida, Chief Daniel Slaughter began his career with the Clearwater Police Department in October 1992. Promoted to sergeant in 2000, Chief Slaughter served in a variety of assignments, including as the department’s accreditation manager, successfully gaining re-accreditation status for the department in June 2007.