Parking Enforcement Specialist Team
The Parking Enforcement Specialist Team is a volunteer, uniformed Sheriff's Office support organization open to all disabled citizens of Hillsborough County age 19 years or older.
Parking Enforcement Specialists monitor all approved fire lanes and disabled parking spaces in unincorporated Hillsborough County. This volunteer organization has been in existence since 1985, and is one of the first of its kind in the State of Florida.
History Of The Parking Enforcement Specialist
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Parking Enforcement Specialist Team was organized in 1985 in response to citizen's complaints regarding the violation of fire lane and disabled parking codes. Because of the increasing number of calls for service, patrol deputies seldom had time to cite violators.
With the backing of the County Commission, who enacted county ordinances prohibiting parking in specific areas, and the volunteer support of the disabled, former Sheriff Walter C. Heinrich developed the Parking Enforcement Specialist Team.
Disabled citizens were given training and issued special uniforms as members of the team. Team members began to patrol parking areas throughout unincorporated Hillsborough County, citing violators of both fire lane and disabled parking codes.
Training And Equipment
Parking Enforcement Specialist Team Members are issued special uniforms provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Team members are not armed and do not have the power of arrest. Members of the team must serve a minimum of four hours of patrol each week, and are reimbursed for mileage traveled while on duty. Members are also eligible for Worker Compensation benefits.
The required 40 hours of training include:
- 16 hours of first aid.
- 10 hours of parking regulation enforcement.
- 6 hours of judicial and regulatory system familiarization.
- 8 hours of administrative and public relations skill training.
- In addition, members participate in on-going training several times a year. Much of this continuing training includes public relations skills, since 90% of team member's duties consist of interaction with the citizens of Hillsborough County.
A Parking Enforcement Specialist is a person appointed by the Sheriff to enforce parking regulations. Requirements for participation in the program includes:
- 19 years of age or older
- residency in Hillsborough County
- pass a background investigation
- provide own transportation
- be able to fill out a citation and place it on the windshield of a vehicle, and be able to be clearly understood during verbal communication
- completion of the 40 hour training course approved by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
The Parking Enforcement Specialist Team of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is supervised by a sworn deputy assigned as a liaison officer between the Sheriff and the team.
The Parking Enforcement Specialist Team is assigned to the Community Outreach Division.
For information regarding the Parking Enforcement Specialist Team contact the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8115.