Kenneth City Police Department

Kenneth City Police Department The Official page of the Kenneth City Police Department. Our mission is to provide proactive and innovative law enforcement services to our community through a partnership which consists of trust, understanding, and collective results.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. To access the Town of Kenneth City's official page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/townofkennethcity/

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. To access the Town of Kenneth City's official page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/townofkennethcity/

Mission: Provide proactive and innovative law enforcement services to our community through a partnership which consists of trust, understanding, and collective results.

Operating as usual

Update on Winter Meal Distribution for our residents who have or know of children under the age of 18 who might be suffe...
01/20/2021

Update on Winter Meal Distribution for our residents who have or know of children under the age of 18 who might be suffering from food insecurity: Pinellas County Schools is now distributing meals in weekly packages with seven days worth of food every Thursday. See flyer below for the 28 pickup sites or visit http://pcsb.org/food The next scheduled distribution is tomorrow, January 21, 2021 with start times varying by location. Earliest start time is 4PM and all distribution ends at 6PM.
#communitypolicing #NoKidHungry 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County

Readers: Humane Society of Pinellas is stating that they are in urgent need of blankets for their puppies and kittens.  ...
01/19/2021

Readers: Humane Society of Pinellas is stating that they are in urgent need of blankets for their puppies and kittens. If you have any you would like to donate, now is the time. See details below. #helpinghand Lost and Found Pets of Pinellas County

OUR PUPS & KITTIES NEED YOU! Please DONATE any extra blankets you can spare to help our kids stay warm through this chilly weather. If you can help, please donate at the shelter, M-F 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm. #adoptdontshop #donate

Thank you to our friends and fellow front line workers at Northside Hospital for putting words into action for MLK's Day...
01/18/2021

Thank you to our friends and fellow front line workers at Northside Hospital for putting words into action for MLK's Day of Service. Northside's Food and Nutrition Services, Supply Chain and Rehab teams packed mobile meal and mobile hygiene kits for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic in honor of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and his legacy. The men and women of the Kenneth City Police Department want you to know we appreciate you and rely on your facility and the services you provide every day. #ServiceAboveSelf #MLKDay2021

Our caregivers took part in today's MLK Day of Service. Thank you to our Food and Nutrition Services, Supply Chain and Rehab teams for putting together mobile meal and mobile hygiene kits for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. #TeamNorthside #CareLikeFamily #HealthierTomorrows

The Kenneth City Police Department honors Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, and his legacy of nonviolence, dignity, and commitm...
01/18/2021

The Kenneth City Police Department honors Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, and his legacy of nonviolence, dignity, and commitment to equality. #MLKDay2021 #MLK #courageofconviction

Feeding Tampa Bay provides meals to any one in need of one and as we continue to face job losses and business closures t...
01/16/2021

Feeding Tampa Bay provides meals to any one in need of one and as we continue to face job losses and business closures the need for food assistance is a long-term necessity for many. Many are seeking assistance for the first time in their lives.
There are many ways to help, and if you have been thinking about it, here is a great first step to get started: Super Bowl LV is coming to Tampa Bay on February 7th--- post a picture of yourself taking action to eliminate food waste and you could win a Super Bowl LV hat! Click below on how to enter. Entries close January 18 and there are 100 hats to give away.
Click here https://www.feedingtampabay.org/findfood or here to find all available food assistance options offered by this great organization: https://bit.ly/2vOaDzQ
#greenandwin #foodassistance #communitypolicing #helpinghand

Super Bowl LV comes to Tampa Bay in less than a month but the journey to game day kicks off now! Supporting the food recovery initiative of the @NFLGreen, we will be relaying the various ways to find food assistance or to get involved in the fight against hunger. Start today - post a picture of yourself taking action to eliminate food waste and you could win a Super Bowl LV hat! Details 👉http://bit.ly/2LHESA8 #greenandwin

Kenneth City Residents: the municipal election for Mayor of the Town of Kenneth City and 2 Councilmembers to sit on the ...
01/15/2021
Questions for Candidate Forums

Kenneth City Residents: the municipal election for Mayor of the Town of Kenneth City and 2 Councilmembers to sit on the Council will be held on March 9, 2021. The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area is providing a public, non-partisan candidate forum on February 2nd for those voters who have questions that they would like to ask the candidates in a structured setting.

Questions must be pre-submitted by January 22, 2021 by 5PM by using their online form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeunMG1ceBduGEgEj6GP44mh9uOiIzXiF984CfXcRVEBFo6uw/viewform

On February 2nd the Forums will be held and broadcast on the League's Facebook Live section here https://www.facebook.com/LWVSPA/live starting at 6PM (Council) and 7PM (Mayor) as well as posted to their YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMHcjm1lfxdQ_bJMSu-cVxQ

The deadline to Register to Vote in order to participate in this election is February 8, 2021. Info here: https://www.votepinellas.com/Election-Information/Elections/Current-Upcoming-Elections1/2021-Municipal-Elections

#civicduty #Municipalelections #communitypolicing

We are soliciting questions from the public to be asked at candidate forums. Please share your thoughts with the League! We want to know what's important to you. Questions must be submitted by January 22nd at 5:00 pm. The League will ask as many questions as possible in the allotted time. The forums...

January is MOVE-OVER awareness month and the rules are simple! Florida law requires you to Move Over a lane — when you c...
01/15/2021

January is MOVE-OVER awareness month and the rules are simple! Florida law requires you to Move Over a lane — when you can safely do so — for stopped law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility service vehicles and tow trucks or wreckers.

If you can’t move over — or when you are on a two-lane road — slow to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit. If the speed limit is 20 mph or less, travel at a speed of 5 mph.

When you fail to Move Over, you put yourself and others at risk; you could crash into a vehicle or worker and there are stiff penalties: violating the Move Over law will result in a fine, fees, and points on your driving record.
For more information, see section 316.126 of the Florida Statutes - click on: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.126.html or visit
https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/move-over/
#MoveOverFL #ArriveAliveFL #MoveOver #FLHSMV
Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program FDOT West Central - Tampa Area Alert Today Florida Forward Pinellas

#DriveSafePinellas! Forward Pinellas focuses on land use and planning in Pinellas County.  Participate in their survey a...
01/14/2021

#DriveSafePinellas! Forward Pinellas focuses on land use and planning in Pinellas County. Participate in their survey and let them know your priorities regarding traffic safety: they have been tasked with improving travel safety throughout the County and they would like feedback on how they can improve.
#SafeStreetsPinellas #pedestriansafety

Help us improve #PinellasCounty! We want to hear from you how we can help with mobility and add more value to #Pinellas! Take the QUICK survey to tell us how we're doing! https://buff.ly/2Lhnlie

Yesterday, while on patrol, Ofc Luis Diaz spotted a driver in distress on 46th Ave N, just east of the PD. The driver, C...
01/13/2021

Yesterday, while on patrol, Ofc Luis Diaz spotted a driver in distress on 46th Ave N, just east of the PD. The driver, Carol, informed Ofc Diaz that she had a flat tire and did not know what to do. Officers Diaz and Beltran helped Carol to change her tire safely --as we know, 46th is busy-- and got her on her way. Pictured is Ofc Diaz preparing to remove the flat. Thanks to everyone who stopped to help; we love our community!
#helpinghand #civicpride #communitypolicing #weareinthistogether

Ofc Beltran and the CP Unit made this safety video last fall and it's just as relevant now -- do your part to prevent cr...
01/13/2021
Lock It, or Lose It! Brought to you by the Kenneth City Police Department

Ofc Beltran and the CP Unit made this safety video last fall and it's just as relevant now -- do your part to prevent crime by locking your vehicles and home, and making sure your garage door is closed for the night. This is one of the best and the easiest things our residents and businesses can do to safeguard Kenneth City's quality of life.

Watch the video below to see the Criminal Creep at it again! He's checking car doors to see if you left yours unlocked. It only takes the Criminal Creep an average of 30 seconds to take any and all belongings from an unlocked vehicle. Don’t make it easy for him! Help us spread the word about “lock it or lose it,” and tell your friends about the importance of locking vehicles and your home to prevent these crimes.
Make sure you:
Lock your car doors.
Roll up your windows.
Park in a well-lit area.
Remove your valuables or hide them so they are not displayed.
If you see something suspicious, say something!
Call our dispatch line 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year at 727-582-6200 and report any and all criminal or suspicious activity. #communitypolicing #crimeprevention #LockItorLoseIt

https://youtu.be/O4PlIHK8yaQ

Watch out! The Criminal Creep is at it again! He's checking car doors to see if you left yours unlocked. It only takes the Criminal Creep an average of 30 se...

01/11/2021

Our flag is flying at half staff outside the PD today as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement nation-wide. Our Governor, Ron DeSantis, has ordered all flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half staff throughout the state, pursuant to the Presidential Proclamation directing all flags to be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset, January 13, 2021.

January 9, 2020 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.  On behalf of Chief Riley, our Agency thanks all the men a...
01/09/2021

January 9, 2020 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. On behalf of Chief Riley, our Agency thanks all the men and women across the nation, sworn and civilian, who protect and serve to keep us safe.

There are many ways to show law enforcement officers that you appreciate them: shine a blue light from your home or patio, wear blue or a blue ribbon, or just come right on up to an officer and say thanks! It will make a difference!

If you'd like to show your support in a more concrete way and are in a position to do so, consider the #SleevesUp for Cops campaign: https://sleevesup.redcrossblood.org/campaign/sleevesup-for-c-o-p-s/
In honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD), Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) are taking the "LEAD" with the American Red Cross to encourage people who #BacktheBlue to donate blood during a month which often has supply shortages. As they say, "Let's take the LEAD and help to save lives in honor of those who would lay down their lives for us!"
More info here:
https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/blue-blood-drive

Another great organization to which you can donate blood which has more of a presence locally is OneBlood. To find out where the #BigRedBus is and to locate donation spots, click here: https://www.oneblood.org/donate-now/

Today we celebrate all those who have chosen law enforcement as a profession. We appreciate you today and everyday!

#HeroesAreOurType #LEAD #donateblood #giveblood #appreciation #NationalBloodDonorMonth #serviceAboveSelf #BacktheBadge #BetterTogether #LEAD2021 #COPSthankscops #NationalLawEnforcementAppreciationDay

Readers, please Stay Alert and Drive Safely! Effective January 1, 2021, the penalty for illegally passing a stopped scho...
01/07/2021

Readers, please Stay Alert and Drive Safely! Effective January 1, 2021, the penalty for illegally passing a stopped school bus that is displaying a stop signal increased to $200, and the fine for Illegally passing on the side children enter and exit increased to $400. Drivers convicted of a second offense within a five year period can have their license suspended.
Make the right choices behind the wheel, Kenneth City, and let's work together to make this school year safe. Our officers will be monitoring our school bus routes to patrol and protect. #RulesoftheRoad #noexcuses Alert Today Florida FDOT West Central - Tampa Area

Twice yearly, our PD participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Da...
01/06/2021

Twice yearly, our PD participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is locally co-sponsored by LiveFree and Operation PAR. During these drives, medications are collected County-wide.

But did you know that the Kenneth City Police Department has a permanent Operation Medicine Cabinet drop-off box located right outside the PD at 4600 58th St North?

Chief Riley has refurbished the Cabinet, so look for the bright green and blue kiosk year 'round, and bring your unused or expired drugs to be properly disposed of. This not only helps save lives but also keeps the environment clean, especially our water sources: we now know that flushing meds down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage poses potential safety and health hazards.

Click here for program resources including drug treatment information: https://takebackday.dea.gov/
#OMC #communitypolicing #watersourceprotection #OpioidEpidemic #ODNoMore #operationmedicinecabinet #TakeBackDay #ProtectOurWater Tampa Bay Estuary Program
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The PD will continue to post updates regarding the efforts of County, State, and local organizations, such as the Juveni...
01/05/2021

The PD will continue to post updates regarding the efforts of County, State, and local organizations, such as the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County and Feeding Tampa Bay to provide food assistance to people in need. Serious financial hardship is also affecting pet owners' ability to care for their pets, however. If you know of someone who might have to surrender their pet due to financial hardship, or is struggling to feed their pet, the Humane Society of Pinellas has opened their Pet Food Pantry to anyone in need through the month of January every Wednesday and Thursday, from 11-5:30PM.
Please share the link below, especially if you know of someone facing this difficult decision, and if you are in a position to do so, please support their program by donating pet food or dollars because they have been experiencing high demand. Thank you, Readers-- we know you care!
#EveryLifeCounts #HelpingHand #WeAreInThisTogether #Covid19 #FoodAssistance Lost and Found Pets of Pinellas County

We're kicking off 2021 by continuing to open our Pet Food Pantry to the Public every Wednesday & Thursday during the month of January from 11am -5:30pm. Join us in #doinggoodintheneighborhood by sharing this post, spread the word to your neighbors, friends & co-workers!

Tonight we are honoring the memory of State Attorney Bernie McCabe, who passed away yesterday.  As the State Attorney, h...
01/03/2021
Longtime State Attorney Bernie McCabe Has Died

Tonight we are honoring the memory of State Attorney Bernie McCabe, who passed away yesterday. As the State Attorney, he was the chief prosecutor for our County, and represented the state of Florida in our court, prosecuting or defending on behalf of the State. Since 1992, he had served as chief prosecutor for our Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, but had served in our county’s judicial system for twenty years before that, taking on many significant cases.

The men and women of the Kenneth City Police Department thank Attorney McCabe for his service and offer our condolences to his family. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the many friends and colleagues who have been affected by his passing.

McCabe served as chief prosecutor for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which includes Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Be prepared, not scared, and start 2021 with a Preparedness Plan. Step 1: sign up for our County's #AlertPinellas for #P...
01/02/2021
Make A Plan | Ready.gov

Be prepared, not scared, and start 2021 with a Preparedness Plan. Step 1: sign up for our County's #AlertPinellas for #Preparedness and emergency notifications.
Step 2: Click here -- https://www.ready.gov/plan -- for a Plan checklist which will help you get started with four basic questions:
How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
What is my shelter plan?
What is my evacuation route?
What is my family/household communication plan?

NOW is a good time to get started!
#ResolveToBeReady #MakeAPlan #FLPrepares #DisasterPrep2021 #communitypolicing

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Driving requires our full attention--keep it simple and keep your eyes on the road! Let’s work together for a safe 2021,...
01/02/2021

Driving requires our full attention--keep it simple and keep your eyes on the road! Let’s work together for a safe 2021, Kenneth City! This is something so simple and something we all can do.

Parents and caregivers, you can contribute by talking with your kids about responsible driving, setting a good example, and always modeling good driving behavior.

If you're texting, you're not driving! Focus on driving and DON'T ANSWER that text, either! #JustDrive
#PutItDown #FocusOnDrivingFL #EndDD Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program FDOT West Central - Tampa Area

Florida’s Wireless Communications While Driving Law went into full effect on Jan. 1, 2020. On the anniversary of that date, we wonder, have you #PutItDown?

Remember, drivers can and will be cited for texting and driving OR using any wireless communication devices in a handheld manner in a work zone or school zone.

Please follow this law by keeping your hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, and your mind on driving.

Learn more: www.flhsmv.gov/PutItDown

On behalf of Chief Riley and from all the men and women of the Kenneth City Police Department, we wish you a safe, happy...
01/01/2021

On behalf of Chief Riley and from all the men and women of the Kenneth City Police Department, we wish you a safe, happy, and healthy 2021! We look forward to all that we can accomplish together in the year to come. Together, we are creating opportunities to do good as well as to improve the quality of life in Kenneth City on a daily basis. We look forward to serving you in 2021. #HonorAboveAll #ServiceAboveSelf #BetterTogether #communitypolicing

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01/01/2021

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Fireworks Safety: Pet Edition: The Kenneth City Police Department is asking all pet owners to keep a close eye on their ...
12/30/2020

Fireworks Safety: Pet Edition: The Kenneth City Police Department is asking all pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets during the fireworks we are expecting all over the Tampa Bay area through the weekend in celebration of the end of 2020 and the beginning of a New Year.
“Pet owners should be aware that some dogs will do anything they can to escape the noise of fireworks," said Pinellas County Animal Services Director Doug Brightwell. "One of the easiest ways for pet owners to ensure their pet won't run away is by placing them in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of the home.” Pets that panic often run loose onto busy streets, getting lost or ending up in shelters. Don't let that happen to your pet!
Other safety tips from Pinellas County Government and our friends at Lost and Found Pets of Pinellas County:
• Make sure your pet is microchipped, license is current and tags are secured to the pet's collar.
• Keep pets indoors in a cool, comfortable place with some minor noise distraction such as a radio or television.
• Do not take pets to fireworks events.
• If you are leaving Town and cannot take your pets with you, make sure you leave them with someone who will be particularly cautious and responsible during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
• If possible, get your pet out and about and exercised during the day, before the fireworks begin.
Thank you, and have a Safe New Year’s Eve with your pet -- from all of us at the PD!
#HolidaySafety #PetSafety #CommunityPolicing

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The Kenneth City Police are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. KENNETH CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY: Before posting on any of the Kenneth City Police Department’s social media pages, please review the terms below: • Posting on any of the Kenneth City Police Department’s social media accounts constitutes acceptance of these terms: The Police Department’s social media accounts were created to provide the citizens who live and work in Kenneth City access to information and a platform to interact with the Police Department. The Police Department does post some matters of public interest concerning the Department’s programs, activities, news stories, and photos. The intent is to create a limited forum devoted exclusively to sharing information with the members of our community. The Police Department seeks to maintain an environment that is civil, constructive, and appropriate for all ages. Comments posted by others on these social media page(s) are not to be considered the opinion(s) of the Police Department nor does the Police Department endorse any third-party comments on other social media accounts. The Police Department is not responsible for, and neither endorses nor opposes, comments placed on social media sites by visitors. Any comments submitted to these pages are public records subject to disclosure under FSS119 and the Police Department reserves the right to moderate these accounts. • The Police Department reserves the right to remove and/or block person(s) who post inappropriate material as determined by the Police Department. Those continually violating the terms of service will be banned. • The Police Department reserves the right to hide any comments that are inappropriate or offensive, including comments that: • Are unrelated to the subject of the post. • Contain demonstrably false statements of fact. • Promote or advertise a business, or propose a commercial transaction. • Support or oppose candidates for elective office or ballot measures. • Contain content that violates a legal ownership interest of any party, such as trademarked or copyrighted material. • Communicate personal information or violate a person’s privacy interests (whether the commenter’s or someone else’s), including home address, home or cell phone number, personal e-mail address, or personal identification numbers. • Duplicate and repetitive material by the same commenter. • Contain links to external websites. • Are likely to incite imminent lawless action. • Constitute criminal threats, or constitute an element of any crime. The Police Department’s social media accounts are managed by our staff and are not monitored 24/7. In the case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1. To report a crime or if you need police assistance, dial our dispatch line (24 hours/day, 365 days/year): 727-582-6200. Specific questions or comments about crimes being posted or identifying criminal suspects of interest may be done on this social media forum for follow up. Our preferred method of receiving information is by phone. Your identity will be confidential upon your request. If you have information about a crime, you may also contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or their website: http://www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org/

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