Community Services

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The Panama City Beach Police Department has the following active community services programs:

  • Panama City Beach Police Department Explorer Program
  • Citizens Assisting Police
  • Neighborhood Watch Program
  • Cops n' Kids Program:
  • Holiday Helpers

Panama City Beach Police Department Police Explorer Program

The Panama City Beach Police Department is dedicated to our community’s youth and our leaders’ of tomorrow.  The Police Explorer Program is based on the development of character, leadership development, and career focused programs which promotes an understanding between our community’s youth and all law enforcement agencies.  The vision is to provide positive and meaningful real-world career experiences that provide career educational and leadership development opportunities for all young adults who are interested in the field of law enforcement. The educational process opens up the discovery of opportunities and interests that will best prepare young adults for their future in law enforcement.

The Police Explorer Program functions under several direct supervision of their law enforcement coordinator and post advisors.  The Police Explorers Post wear distinctive uniforms to provide uniformity at meetings and to identify members to the public and other law enforcement agencies at public functions. The Panama City Beach Police Explorer Application is listed below in PDF format and is a fillable form. Follow the instructions to submit an application. PCB Police Explorer Application

Citizens Assisting Police:

The Citizens Assisting Police is a program made up of civilians who assist police officers’ in a variety of programs listed above.  They also assist and aid with clerical work inside the Police Department along with administrative duties.  The CAP group have regularly scheduled membership meetings to discuss CAP information and events.  The Panama City Beach Citizens Assisting Police (CAP) Application is listed below in PDF format and is a fillable form.  Follow the instructions to submit an application. Citizens Police Academy Application

Neighborhood Watch Program:

Our nation is built on the strength of our citizens.  Every day, we encounter situations calling upon us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement.  Not only does neighborhood watch allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for communities to bond through service.  The Neighborhood Watch Program draws upon the compassion of average citizens, asking them to lend their neighbors a hand.  The Panama City Beach Police Department utilizes the Next-door application and is able to manage and maintain communication with participating neighborhoods. 

Cops N’ Kids Program:

This is an annual event where our local first responders gather together to promote a drug and violence free environment while building strong positive relationships between kids and law enforcement. This also builds the foundation of our youth to have strong positive alternative activities and being successful in life.  It is a time where our community’s youth can get to know their local First Responders.  

Holiday Helpers:

This annual program with the assistance of our local schools helps less fortunate families during the holiday season by having a can-food drive where complete Thanksgiving and Christmas foods bags are supplied to those less fortunate.  During the Christmas Season, many local organizations conduct toy drives and donate those gifts to the police department where they are disseminated to those families.  Each year, approximately 200 families benefit from this program along with close to 300 children.  

The Community Services Division works under Administrative Division Commander under the supervision of Lt. Jamey Wright.  For more information about how to join these programs, please contact Lt. Wright at (850) 233-5000 or by email  All applications listed are fillable PDF format and can be submitted to Lt. Wright by email or can be dropped off at the Panama City Beach Police Department.