Pensacola Police Department

Pensacola Police Department

When it meets in regular session Thursday evening, the Pensacola City Council is expected to approve the promotion of David Alexander to Chief of Police.

Chip Simmons is retiring next month after 29 years in the department, the last five as Chief. In that post, he’s overseen significant reductions in crime year-over-year, and the lowest crime rate on record. The PPD also became the first in the Panhandle to equip officers with body cameras: ten of them to start.

Bob Barrett

Since 1889, 14 members of the Pensacola Police Force have died in the line of duty. Wednesday morning, the city took time to remember their service. Pensacola Chief of Police Chip Simmons stood in the shade outside Police Headquarters Wednesday morning addressing dozens of citizens, dignitaries and fellow officers and asked they would be willing to sacrifice for their fellow man. "You are looking at a wall with the names of men that did just that. They put their lives on the line for their community...for all of us. And it cost them dearly."

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

April is "SAAM" -- Sexual Assault Awareness Month,  and a host of Pensacola-area officials drove that home on Thursday in downtown Pensacola.

They gathered in front of the fountain at the marina near Plaza de Luna. The water dyed teal green – the color of sexual assault awareness. Patrick Nichols from NAS Pensacola read the proclamation, prior to signing.

“Every year, too many women and too many men are sexually assaulted and abused,” read Nichols. “This is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end.”

The Pensacola Police Department has a new second-in-command.  David Alexander, III was promoted from captain to Assistant Chief, becoming the first African-American to be named to the post, since it was created in 1994.

Family and friends filled a large room at police headquarters on Thursday for a ‘badge pinning ceremony’ in honor of new Assistant Chief Alexander, and also to acknowledge Tommi Lyter’s advancement from Lieutenant to Captain.

“Bridging the Gap” is the theme of a two-day crime prevention summit that got underway Wednesday at downtown Pensacola's Crown Plaza Hotel.

Delorean Wiggins, a deputy with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, is the chief organizer of the summit, which features crime prevention experts, community leaders and policy makers seeking ways to reduce crime.

FDLE

The investigation continues into the case of an ex-FDLE lab supervisor in Pensacola, accused of tampering with evidence connected to drug cases.

Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Graves was arrested last month and charged with possession or trafficking in illegal drugs; evidence tampering, and grand theft.

examiner.com

Once again, blankets and other coverings are OK for use by the homeless who camp on Pensacola city property. But the debate continues over another part of the non-camping ordinance. 

Crime Drops in Pensacola

Jan 22, 2014
Pensacola Police Department

Crime in Pensacola was down 14% across the board in 2013, compared to the previous year. That’s according to the Pensacola Police Department’s Uniform Crime Report.

The numbers are based on the 2012 population for the City of Pensacola, which was given at 52,340. Inside the overall numbers for violent and non-violent crime, there were 319 residential burglaries reported within city limits in 2013 compared with 525 the previous year. Police Chief Chip Simmons says that’s a 39% reduction.