Rick Hawthorne, previously the GBPD’s deputy chief, was appointed Chief of Police in November 2016.
The mission of the Gulf Breeze Police Department is to provide for the real and perceived safety of the citizens of the community and its visitors; to reduce crime through vigilant investigation; to facilitate the flow of traffic in a safe and efficient manner; and to help to improve the quality of life in our community.
GBPD is recognized with Excelsior Status, placing the department in the top 10% of police departments in the State of Florida. It is the highest recognition the accreditation agency bestows. The GBPD was the first Law Enforcement Agency to the west of Tallahassee to be accredited.
About the Department
The City of Gulf Breeze consistently ranks nationally as one of the safest places to raise a family. GBPD is comprised of 26 officers serving a population of approximately 6,000. While primarily a residential community adjacent to the City of Pensacola, average daily traffic counts through our City exceed 55,000 during the off-season, increasing to 150,000 for special events on Pensacola Beach. As a result, it is necessary for us to supplement our force with paid part-time police officers and volunteer auxiliary officers. We place a great deal of emphasis on providing quality services to our citizens, and because of this, they express a high degree of customer satisfaction, and their support for the Department is tremendous.
311 Fairpoint Drive
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
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Accredited by Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.
Frequently Called Numbers
|Elementary School Resource Officer/DARE||934-5185|
|Middle School Resource Officer/GREAT||934-4080|
|High School Resource Officer||916-4127|
Police Pension Plan Documents
Disclosures Required Per Chapter 2013-100 (Dated 02/17/2022)
Gulf Breeze Police DB Plan (FMPTF Link)