The city of St. Augustine Beach was incorporated in 1959 as a municipal government in St. John’s County. The city is approximately 3.0 square miles in size and is home to approximately 6,592 permanent residents and thousands of city visitors who utilize the city’s oceanfront amenities. The police department consists of 20 sworn officers, two civilian personnel, a part time accreditation manager and five volunteers. The officers provide 24-hour service to the citizens and visitors of St. Augustine Beach, 365 days a year. A designated Officer focuses on crime prevention and community out reach programs to our citizens. Some Officer’s of the SABPD are members of the St. Augustine Police Special Response Team and some are members of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team.
It is the policy of the St. Augustine Beach Police Department to patrol in a proactive manner, to aggressively investigate suspicious persons and circumstances, and to actively enforce the motor vehicle laws. It is also the policy that citizens will only be stopped or detained when there exists reasonable suspicion to believe they have committed, are committing or are about to commit an infraction of the law. It is this proactive enforcement that keeps our citizens, our streets and our highways safer. It also enables us in detecting and apprehending criminals. All laws shall be enforced equally regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sex, physical handicap or religion. Bias-based profiling shall not be tolerated in enforcement efforts. This standard is established in accordance with Florida State Statute 166.0493.
The St. Augustine Beach Police Department’s policies prohibit bias-based profiling and members are responsible for ensuring that all citizens of the community are treated with dignity and respect. All sworn St. Augustine Beach Police Department Members receive initial and in-service training in proactive enforcement tactics. In addition, bias-based profiling issues including the legal aspects, are also provided during this in-service training. All training is in accordance with the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission requirements.