Patrol Operations

Patrol Operations provides police patrol services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and is the most visible representation of the Police Department. Officers respond to calls for service, enforce the laws, conduct proactive crime prevention, and serve the citizens of the City in a variety of ways. Traffic is a high priority in Palm Beach Gardens, and the Uniform Operations Bureau conducts traffic enforcement, with a special focus on key accident and high volume locations, as well as efforts to deter impaired and aggressive drivers. Uniform Operations also includes our K-9 Unit which consists of four handlers and their canine “partners.”  Officers are committed to working with the community to preserve an outstanding quality of life through education, partnerships, and enforcement. We believe in Respect, Accountability, and Professionalism and realize that a contact with a citizen may be the only experience that they have ever had with a police officer. Therefore, we are dedicated to setting the standard for our profession by being "Committed to Professional Excellence."

Major Christopher Barca supervises Patrol Operations.  He is a life-long resident of Palm Beach Gardens, and has 28 years of experience in law enforcement, the last 23 of which have been with PBG PD. Some prior assignments for Major Barca include undercover narcotics, Field Training Officer, Road Patrol Sergeant, Tactical Crime Unit supervisor, in-house instructor and Patrol Watch Commander as a Lieutenant.  He has also commanded the Hostage Negotiation Team, was a member of the Department’s Honor Guard, and was the recipient of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department’s Officer of the Year Award in 2004.  In addition to his current assignment, he also supervises the Homeland Security Unit and Dignitary Protection functions.  Major Barca holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and is a graduate of the 257th Session of the FBI National Academy.  In addition to many other training courses, he has earned certificates from Nova Southeastern University/Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Executive Leadership Program, Florida Executive Development Seminar, and several from the Center for Domestic Preparedness.