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 more than 23 years of working for the Hollywood Police Department, it’s my honor to be the 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, it’s just as important to establish positive relationships with our community and invest in our youth. In 2020, the COVID 19 pandemic impacted not only our community, but our Nation as well. The Hollywood Police Department is working hard to push through setbacks caused by the virus. We’re continuing to use our social media platforms to connect with our community and youth virtually, as well as practicing social distancing at Department and city events. Even in times like this, it’s so crucial to build lasting relationships with the young people in our city who will soon be our future.

In 2020, the total number of calls for service was 186,595.  The calls for service included proactive, self-initiated incidents, which encompass park and walks (Officers getting out of their vehicles and patrolling on foot), business checks, citizen and youth contacts and enhanced traffic enforcement. It’s important to note that even with the amount of calls our Department received, our part-1 crimes were down 16 % from the previous year. This is due to the hard work and dedication of every member of this Department.

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, clergy members and community members. 

I am so proud of our accomplishments thus far, and it is a privilege to continue to lead this Department as Chief of Police.

Chris O'Brien
Chief of Police


JAG Funding


The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.  The JAG Program provides funding to support a range of law enforcement programs including technology improvements.  The City of Hollywood Police Department is using JAG-2018 funds to purchase a fixed license plate recognition camera system, that will integrate with and enhance the department’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC).

For more than 15 years the Hollywood Police Department has utilized funds from JAG.  JAG is a formula grant that uses crime statistics to calculate each municipalities award.  The awards are distributed through the Department of Justice and are dispersed through the City of Pompano Beach which is serving as the lead fiscal agent for all cities in Broward County this cycle.  The Hollywood Police Department’s JAG 2018 award is $43,041.60. 

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

Fiscal Affairs Manager Madonna Dell Olio - 954-967-4375

Chief of Hollywood Police Chris O'Brien - resized
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