The shoulder patch of the Port St. Lucie, Florida, Police Department.

The Port St. Lucie, Florida, Police Department patch displays the state seal, flanked by the U.S. and state flags. Beneath the seal is an inscription of the agency’s core values — courage, knowledge, and integrity. These words remind each officer of the department’s mission and principles, which are instrumental in the law enforcement profession and tradition of the agency.

Established in 1980, the department had a force of nine officers serving a population of 12,000 residents. Today, it employs 273 sworn officers and 65 civilians, which service a population of over 214,000.