Traffic, Special Events and Neighborhood Officers

Special Operations Overview


The Special Operations Division is comprised of Sworn Police Officers, Non-Sworn Community Service Officers and civilian personnel.  The Division is responsible for City-Wide Traffic Enforcement, Hit & Run and Traffic Homicide Investigations, Hollywood Beach and its Broadwalk, Marine Enforcement, Special Events, Extra-Duty Police Details, and the Training of all Department members.  The members help in identifying and addressing concerns related to a wide variety of public safety issues.   Members in each unit are trained and specifically certified within their specific area of expertise.   Units include: Traffic/Motors, Beach and Marine Unit, Training Unit and Special Events/Detail Office.   The Division also oversees the Department’s Dive and Honor Guard Teams.

To report Traffic or Neighborhood concerns, Boating Issues, or any concern in the Beach area, contact Hollywood Police Department Special Operations at 954.967.4567.

The following is a brief overview of each unit within Special Operations.

Beach Unit


The Beach Unit consists of officers permanently assigned to these areas. Officers work closely with business owners and residents to address the concerns of the Beach District. Officers patrol on bicycles, All Terrain Vehicles, and with traditional patrol vehicles when necessary. The following is a list of Officers assigned to this Unit:

Lieutenant John Switter: jswitter@hollywoodfl.org
Sergeant Sean Gerber: sgerber@hollywoodfl.org
Officer Ryan McKirchy: rmckirchy@hollywoodfl.org
Officer Rosalyn LaHara: rlahara@hollywoodfl.org
Officer Steve Diefenbacher: sdiefenbacher@hollywoodfl.org
Officer Jonathan Fiallo: jfiallo@hollywoodfl.org
Officer Alexis Ramirez: aramirez@hollywoodfl.org
Officer Jason Timmons: jtimmons@hollywoodfl.org
Officer Joshua Triplett: jtriplett@hollywoodfl.org

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Special Events


Special Events is responsible for the coordination of all law enforcement services within the Hollywood Police Department pertaining to events. Officers work with outside vendors, customers, citizen promoters and other City Departments in the deployment of support equipment required for special events. The unit also provides police services for commercial, television and movie productions. This unit also processes applications for special parking requests, parades, demonstrations and assemblies. The following are downloadable forms for:
To address any non-emergency concerns regarding Special Events, please call the Special Events Office at 954.967.4567

Marine Unit


The Marine Unit enforces all state laws and City ordinances as they relate to marine safety and operations. Marine Unit officers routinely educate boaters stressing safety and operations. The Unit’s boats and skiff are an excellent means of providing comprehensive coverage of Hollywood's coastal and inland waterways.

The majority of the City’s waters are idle or slow speed zones. Idle Speed/No Wake is the most strict of all boating speeds. Idle Speed/No Wake requires all vessels to travel at the minimal speed to maintain navigational steerage. Slow Speed/Minimal Wake is the speed where the vessel is fully settled in the water, proceeding with a minimal wake.

The City has an Idle Speed/No Wake zone posted for “Manatee Protection” from the Sheridan Street Bridge north to Port Everglades. During the winter months one fourth of the entire South Florida Manatee population congregates within this area. The Florida Manatee is on the endangered species list.

BUI laws, also known as Boating Under the Influence, are very strict. The legal standard for impairment is .08 breath alcohol level.

The Marine Unit wants you to stay safe on the water. Make sure you have a PFD or personal flotation device for each person on board your vessel. Children under 6 years of age on vessels under 26’ must wear their PFD’S at all times.

Officer Robert Marren: rmarren@hollywoodfl.org

Traffic - Motors, Traffic Homicide Investigations and Hit & Run Investigations


The primary goal of the units within the Traffic Section are to reduce motor vehicle crashes within the City. The Traffic Unit investigates motor vehicle crashes as well as conducts traffic enforcement within high crash areas and areas where complaints are received. The Traffic Unit is also responsible for the orderly flow of traffic in the City.

The Motors Unit is the primary enforcement arm of the Traffic Division. The Hit & Run Investigations Unit conducts follow-up investigations of all crashes that occur in the city. They work in conjunction with officers in the Traffic Homicide Unit on fatality investigations. The Traffic Homicide Investigations Unit (THI) investigates all fatal traffic crashes. THI officers also patrol in unmarked vehicles specifically targeting drivers under the influence of alcohol/drugs and aggressive drivers.

Dive Team


The Dive Team coordinates with the numerous divisions within the police department in the underwater search and recovery of vehicles/evidence. The Dive Team also works with the U.S. Coast Guard, and supports other state and local governmental agencies with the safeguarding of Port Everglades and numerous waterways in the city.

Hollywood police divers have certifications to include: Police/Public Safety Diver, Dive Master, Rescue Diver, Dive Accident Management, Oxygen Administration, Police Wreck Diving, Police Underwater Photography, Full Face Mask/Dry suit Diver.