Bradford County has three electric providers to choose from:
- City of Starke
- Clay Electric
- Florida Power & Light (FPL).
For regional utility company listings, click here.
There are 6 volunteer and 1 full time fire stations throughout the County with approximately 105 volunteer personnel, and 9 full-time and part-time employees, equipped with 26 vehicles and 3 staffed ambulances. EMS is a third service with 12 full-time paramedics.
Bradford County Sheriff's Department
The Sheriff's department sponsors a very active Explorer Post consisting of young people between the ages 12-18. They also have a Mounted Posse consisting of employees and citizen volunteers who ride horses, very helpful in locating lost children, adults, crowd control, and working remote crime scenes. The Sheriff's office runs a citizen's academy once a year where citizens can learn much more about what goes on in their Sheriff's Office.
Starke Police Department
Since I, Jeff Johnson, became Chief of Police in 2009, the Starke Police Department currently employs seventeen
full-time officers, four part-time officers and four support personnel. This Department embraces the community
and is always seeking individuals who are willing to perform at the highest level of professionalism. We are
truly driven by the pride and commitment of our professional personnel. Through the effort of this department,
the City of Starke is currently experiencing its lowest rate of crime within the past thirty years. The Starke
Police Department is recognized as a leader in the Law Enforcement community due to our innovative ways of educating
the community and enforcing the laws. For two years 2004 and 2007 we have placed first in the State of Florida
and third in the Nation in the "Police Chief's Challenge", which recognizes the efforts and effectiveness of
law enforcement agencies in such areas as education, training, and community awareness efforts.
While we are dedicated to the effort of keeping up with the rapid advances of technology, we are also dedicated to the principal of valuing our personnel. To that end, we promote constant training to provide the highest standard of professional and efficient service with an emphasis on compassion and care for the citizens we have taken an oath to serve.
We have work with the school system by placing one full-time officer within the schools as a D.A.R.E. officer. This enables our officer to work with the children of this community to raise awareness of drug use and how to resist peer pressure among other issues. The officer also counsels children who are having difficulties at school or at home. This enable our officer a unique format in which to aid the community by enlisting the help of the school, along with the parents, to educate and reinforce the values that will build a stronger community.
Thank to grants such as V.O.C.A., the Starke Police Department has been able to provide this community with the much needed services of our Victim Advocate, Jim Lewis, which assists victims of crime and disasters, by arranging counseling and locating other services that would aid in the healing process. Jim is also our Crime Prevention Officer. He assists the community by providing information on how they can prevent crime and offers safety information.
K-ID Card System
Child identification system that allows your child's information to be stored information to be stored in
a database, that if your child ever goes missing their information can be transmitted to all law enforcement
and news agencies that have internet service. The parents/guardians receive a hard plastic card, similar to
a driver's license, with their child's photo and information printed on it.
This system works by scanning photos of missing person to create and send flyers to help locate them, it also alerts other agencies with the system of missing persons in outside areas. It also works with the K-ID card systems allowing flyers to be distributed quickly throughout the community.
All programs that are offered here at the Starke Police Department are free of charge. They we created to insure the safety of our community and new programs will be created to address any issues that arise during my term as Chief of Police.