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The Clearwater Community and its Police Department

Located on Florida’s West Coast north of St. Petersburg and Largo, Clearwater is 26 square miles in area and the second largest municipality in Pinellas County. It is also the seat of county government. With its year-round population nearly doubling between 1970 and 1990, this residential, business, and resort community has experienced rapid growth and development. Clearwater has a permanent population of approximately 109,000, while City officials estimate another 20,000 seasonal residents. Thousands more either work, shop, or commute within the City limits every day. The population’s ethnic composition is approximately 84% white, 10% African-American, 9% Hispanic (of any race), and 4% Asian, American Indian, or other descent, consistent with the demographics for Pinellas County as a whole. Additionally, Clearwater has the first federal and state designated Brownfield area in Florida with 217 potential sites identified as needing cleanup. Approximately the same geographical area has also been a federal Weed and Seed site since 1996. Clearwater’s Brownfield/Weed and Seed area has been designated an Enterprise Zone by the State of Florida.

Other statistics for the City of Clearwater include:

Median Age 41.8
Median Income $36,494
At/Below Poverty Level 13,043 (12.3% of City Population)
Per Capita Income $22,786
Source: 2000 census


The Clearwater Police Department employs 231 sworn officers and 100 FTE civilian employees, with an annual operating budget of $36 million.

Police Mission Statement:

To consistently provide effective, professional and dependable law enforcement services to every citizen, visitor, and business within the city of Clearwater.

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