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Altamonte Springs Police Department
Thursday September 23rd, 2010 :: 02:16 p.m. EDT

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COPS Center Celebrates 15 Years of Community Service! See email for full story.

In February 1995, the Altamonte Springs Police Department assembled a team to investigate the feasibility of housing a community substation inside Altamonte Mall. Utilizing the concept of community oriented policing the team’s research showed the idea had great potential to expand into a convenient one stop shop to receive valuable community services ranging from fingerprinting, medical ID bracelets, safety brochures to organizing a Neighborhood or Business Watch meeting. Seven months later, on September 23, 1995, the team’s dedication and hard work came to fruition with the grand opening of the first of its kind in Seminole County police substation.

The station was appropriately named the C.O.P.S. Center – an acronym for Community Oriented Police Services Center. The original COPS Center had operating hours from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays only. Although the hours have remained the same the center has now expanded to a six day workweek operating Monday through Saturday. In 2002, the Altamonte Springs Police Department celebrated a second grand opening of the new and improved COPS Center. The original COPS Center was located down a long hallway out of public view and offered less than 600 square feet of space. The current COPS Center is located front and center between two major anchor stores (Macy’s and JC Penney) and provides nearly 3,000 square feet of operating room.

The COPS Center staffs four community relation officers and one Lieutenant who oversees the day to day operations. In addition to five uniformed police officers the front lobby of the center is staffed and operated by trained volunteers who assist with the increasing demands of fingerprint services, answering general questions, enrolling citizens with special needs into a secure database linked to a coded bracelet, registration into Combat Auto Theft program, providing safety literature and much more.

The COPS Section is also responsible for media relations, four major events including: Halloween, Coppers n Choppers, Family Fest, and Red Hot and Boom, Annual Awards Ceremony, Volunteer program, Off-Duty Details, Neighborhood and Business Watch, Citizen’s Public Safety Academy, C.E.R.T. program, Police Explorers, Elder Services, and much more!

The joint partnership between Altamonte Police and Altamonte Mall proudly celebrates 15 years of community service today and looks forward to serving the public for many more years to come. The COPS Center’s mission is to utilize a systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, fear of crime and any other need that is perceived as important by community members.

Address/Location
Altamonte Springs Police Department
175 Newburyport Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 407-339-2441

Lt Darin Farber
COPS Section
dwfarber@altamonte.org
407-571-8290

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