Marco Island's Police Department is reorganizing. It's a move calculated to assure greater efficiency, furnish increased security, and insure proper training while improving cost effectiveness. Police Chief Don Hunter and City Manager Jim Riviere have developed a new structure for the department.
In place of an organization that had department components reporting to the chief through an Assistant Chief there will be four functions directly responsible to the chief. They are …
The assistant chief of police, who will be responsible for a variety of functions, including support services such as property and evidence control, custody of official records, police school resource officer, recruiting, training, public information, administrative services, auxiliary police officers, reserve officers and community volunteer specialists.
The investigations sergeant, who will supervise the four primary detective functions, including vice and narcotics, intelligence, general crime and computer crime/crimes against children as well as, manage computer support services for investigative operations.
An operations lieutenant, who will be responsible for supervising four regular shifts and a special "flex" unit. The flex unit will be assigned to operations requiring assistance for any particular tactical crime problem, filling in vacancies and maintaining inter-agency mutual aid.
The supervisor of code compliance, responsible for all code compliance operations. All code compliance will remain under the supervision of the Police Department as a civilian component.
City Manager Riviere explained that: "Chief Hunter, Assistant Chief Dave Baer and I have devoted ourselves to developing an organization that will provide the level of service our community deserves at the most cost effective basis. We are delighted that Chief Hunter has agreed to serve for an additional two years and continue supervising our outstanding department. The new organizational structure streamlines operations and will bring about more efficiency, while maintaining excellent supervision. In recent months, as some veteran officers have retired, Chief Hunter has brought in a number of fine new officers to continue our excellent operations without any gap in coverage."
"A recent operation in which our department, in cooperation with a number of other governmental agencies, and acting with a search warrant, discovered evidence indicating forged prescriptions and additional evidence of alleged unlawful possession of controlled substances or prescription medications is only one excellent example of the high level performance of our Police Department. Along with our devotion to first-rate law enforcement, Chief Hunter and I are pledged to maintaining strict bottom line controls on expenses. The new organization will meet our objectives."
Chief Hunter also announced that: "I am pleased to report that Pete Beucler has returned to our police department as a senior community services officer.
He will serve in a civilian capacity in the Code Compliance function initially as well as performing numerous community service functions that were previously performed by uniformed officers. It's a highly valued utility position that relieves uniformed officers for other duties. Pete is a great asset to the department and we welcome him back."