Florence Police Department
Working to Keep Our Communities Safe
Effective law enforcement in today’s society not only requires innovative police practices but also the combined partnerships between area law enforcement entities, residents, and businesses, as well as elected officials and government agencies. The primary organizational goal of this concept is working cooperatively with individual citizens, groups of citizens, and both public and private organizations to identify and resolve issues which potentially affect the livability of specific neighborhoods, business areas, or the city as a whole. Under the concept of Community-based policing, the Florence Police Department recognizes the fact that police officers cannot effectively deal with such issues alone and must partner with others who share a mutual responsibility for resolving problems.
Thank you Florence!!!
with sincere gratitude from the
Florence Police Department
Citizens of Florence,
Hurricane Matthew impacted Florence last month with a fury and destruction the likes of which haven't been felt since hurricane Hugo over 27 years ago. I was here for Hugo and I'll tell you that I couldn't be prouder of the men and women of the Florence Police Department and their response to the intensity of Matthew. Our officers and staff acted with great dedication and a true commitment to protecting this community and I have extended my sincere appreciation to them.
Unprecedented however are the number of officers and civilian police department staff who have asked me to express their appreciation to the Florence community for your tremendous support during this stressful period.
As I controlled traffic at a major intersection on Sunday after the storm, I was taken aback by the constant shouts of praise and support coming from passing vehicles. It wasn't until a couple of days later, after being approached by several officers, that I realized my experience wasn't unique. At virtually every intersection being controlled by an officer, they were not only receiving shouts of praise and support, but also were handed bottles of water and other consumable items of appreciation.
In addition, over the last year, we have regularly received letters and gestures of support from many businesses, families, and individuals that transcends every area of our most gracious city and its citizens. The praise that our officers and staff received during hurricane Matthew however came at us from every direction and it was absolutely inspirational.
The support from our community is more than reassuring so, from a grateful police department we say, thank you Florence!
Chief Allen Heidler