Clearwater police chief: My officers do not favor Scientology - 2019-02-04
For years the Clearwater Police Department has been thrust into the middle of a debate between a controversial religion and its critics, without a voice in the matter. We feel it important to publish some facts of our own to provide the city we serve and anyone else who may be interested with some perspective.
The Clearwater Police Department was established in 1915 and currently serves a 31-square-mile community of 115,000 people. This base population increases regularly due to a tremendous influx of visitors and tourists. We serve our community and visitors with a dedicated staff of 245 sworn officers and 128 civilian employees.
Scientology's hub of activity is in a portion of the downtown corridor occupying approximately half a square mile. None of our on-duty officers are assigned to or stationed at Scientology property.