Winter Garden is located in West Orange County, approximately 12 miles west of Orlando, Florida. It is a city with a residential population of approximately 24,610 citizens and is one of the fastest growing cities in Orange County. The Winter Garden Police Department provides protection to a 17 square mile area and currently employs 58 sworn police officers and 19 civilians. Community programs offered by the Winter Garden Police Department include D.A.R.E. Police Explorers Neighborhood Watch, G.R.E.A.T. The department stresses training and education of its officers in order to remain responsive to community needs.