Message from the Chief of Police

Hollywood is a special place; a unique community made up of different types of people, cultures, and landscapes. It’s a beautiful place to visit and an even better place to live. I am lucky to have grown up here, to have graduated from Hollywood Hills High School and to have pursued a career all in the same city.

After 20 years of working for the Hollywood Police Department, I am now honored to take on the role of Chief of Police for this department and city that holds a special place in my heart.

While the police department’s primary responsibility is reducing crime, just as important is our commitment to establishing positive relationships with our community and investing in our youth. In 2017, we accomplished all three. Police Department personnel participated in numerous community events including Police Athletic League (PAL) summer camps, family re-unification, mentoring and reading programs, Thanksgiving food drive, Shop with a Cop, holiday toy drive, basketball games with local students, and community bike rides. These activities are crucial to building lasting relationships with the young people in our city who will soon be our future.

In 2017, the total number of calls for service increased to a record breaking 237,844.  Of those, 121,601 were self-initiated by our Officers. Some of these self-initiated activities include park and walks (Officers getting out of their vehicles and patrolling on foot), business checks, citizen contacts, and enhanced traffic enforcement.

I am pleased to report the City of Hollywood had an overall reduction in Part 1 Crimes of 8% for 2017, compared to 5% in 2016. The overall reduction in crime is a result of the Department’s commitment to establishing partnerships, and positive relationships with our community members along with all the excellent work done by our Officers on a daily basis.

In 2017, the Police Department implemented the Offender-Focused Violent Crimes Initiative, which targets repeat violent offenders. Research shows that a small segment of a community is often responsible for a majority of the violent crimes. As a result of the initiative, violent crime decreased by 22% in 2017.

Our city faced many challenges this year, not the least of which was powerful Hurricane Irma, but through it all our officers and civilian employees were selflessly there for the community.

In order to successfully continue to make Hollywood a safer city to work, live, and play, it is our mission to work in partnership with our residents, businesses owners, and community.  

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the City of Hollywood in 2025, I look forward to leading this great department.

Chris O'Brien
Chief of Police


JAG Funding

The Hollywood Police Department has historically used this funding source to enhance our technology and equipment capabilities. We will be utilizing the new JAG funding for the purpose area of law enforcement equipment – specifically to enhance mobile technological capabilities.

For more information, please click on this link: Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

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Chris O'Brien

Chief of Police

Hollywood Police Department

3250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, Florida 33021

Mailing Address: 
City of Hollywood 
P.O. Box 229045 
Hollywood, FL 33022-9045 

Ph: 954.764.HELP (4357)
Ph: 954.967.4357 (General Information)

Fx: 954.967.4313

Administrative Hours

Monday - Thursday
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

For emergencies, Call 911
For non-emergency Police or Fire, call 954.764.HELP (4357) 
Police emergency response remains 24/7