Bradford County

Starke Police Department disbanded, taken over by Bradford County Sheriff’s Office

STARKE, Fla. — There’s a major shake-up in Starke involving its city government and police department.

According to a 104-page memo from the City Manager to City Commissioners, the police department building appeared to be in disarray on Feb. 22.


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed to Action News Jax it raided City Hall on Feb. 27. An FDLE spokesperson said it is an active investigation.

Three days later, on March 1, the city police department was disbanded and taken over by the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.

In neighboring Alachua County in 2014, Action News Jax told you when the Waldo Police Department was disbanded.

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Pictures included in the memo show bags of sealed evidence not secured in evidence lockers.

Loose ammo was also observed in boxes as well as bullets in the back of police cruisers, the memo said.

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Also, photos in the memo showed uniforms were not secured and were just thrown into a room.

In addition, the City Clerk has resigned. Action News Jax has reached out to city leaders and is waiting to hear back.

Read the full memo below:

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