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the Port Saint Lucie Police Department
The Port St. Lucie Police Department was established in 1980.
Today, the Port Saint Lucie Police Department is an accredited, full-service law enforcement agency. The department
has an authorized strength of 256 sworn personnel and 83 civilian employees. The Port Saint Lucie Police
Department is organized into two bureaus with a Professional Standards Unit also answering directly to the chief of police.
The Neighborhood Policing Bureau includes the uniformed patrol function as well as specialized function such as SWAT,
Marine, Crisis Negotiation, accident investigations and certain administrative functions. The Support Services
Bureau includes the Criminal Investigations Division, Community Programs, Training and Fiscal Management Functions.
Santos is currently detective sergeant of the persons crime section and team leader of the crisis negotiation unit at the
Port St. Lucie Police Department (Florida. He has held positions in patrol, SWAT, criminal investigations, and narcotics.
Prior to his law enforcement career, Sergeant Santos was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. In addition, he has
instructed at the police academy and is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University. He has extensive experience in
police problem solving and problem analysis and has conducted numerous trainings sessions and seminars around the country.
Sergeant Santos has a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s
degree in business from Barry University. Robert Santos is the co-author of The Problem of Burglary at Single-Family
House Construction Sites.
According to the book description of The
Problem of Burglary at Single-Family House Construction Sites, “This guide begins by describing the problem
of burglary at single-family house construction sites and reviewing the factors that increase its risks. It then identifies
a series of questions that can help analyze your local burglary problem. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem of burglary
at single-family house construction sites as identified through research and police practice.
Burglary at single-family house construction sites is but one of a larger set of problems related
to burglary and to construction sites. This guide focuses on burglary of building materials, tools, appliances, and small
equipment from single-family house construction sites. Although there are many similarities between burglaries at single-family
house sites and those at multifamily or commercial sites, the varying physical and logistical characteristics of the two types
of sites require the utilization of very different crime prevention techniques. In addition, the theft of heavy construction
equipment, such as backhoes and loaders, from single-family sites poses a unique crime prevention problem because of the size,
cost, and mobility of such equipment.”