Pinellas Park, FL

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Pinellas Park, located in the Tampa Bay area near St. Petersburg, has a population of approximately 47,000.  In response to numerous and persistent complaints from residents and businesses, Pinellas Park police officers have conducted undercover prostitution operations.  Included in their efforts are attempts to reduce demand, such as reverse stings.  The identities of arrested sex buyers are made public. In addition, officers write down license numbers of cars seen circling areas known for street prostitution. After 30 days, a letter is sent to the home of those motorists that basically says their vehicle was seen in an area known for street prostitution.  They do not directly accuse the owner nor the vehicle driver of soliciting.

Key Partners

  • Pinellas Park Police Department
State Florida
Type City
Population 47217
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