Bureaus & Divisions
The Police Department is comprised of the Administrative Bureau, Operations Bureau and the Special Operations Bureau.
The Administrative Bureau is responsible for overseeing the direction of the Police Department. It is comprised of the Chief of Police, and the Deputy Chief of Police and the Office of Professional Standards. The Chief provides the strategic vision for the department while Professional Standards coordinates the investigation of disciplinary matters and citizen complaints. The Deputy Chief oversees the Office of Professional Standards.
The Operations Bureau is comprised of Uniformed Police Officers, Community Service Aides, and Support Services which includes the Traffic Unit, K-9 Unit, Animal Control, Field Training Program, Records Management and Equipment and Fleet Maintenance. Uniformed Police Officers are central to all police duties. They are responsible for crime prevention, crime suppression, traffic enforcement, and for safeguarding the general safety and welfare of the community. In addition, they are the first line of defense for our citizens as well as being first responders. Community Service Aides handle certain types of non-emergency calls for service that are traditionally assigned to sworn officers. This allows the officers to have more non-committed time to work on problem solving needs.
The Traffic Unit Officers are responsible for proactively enforcing traffic laws and performing traffic safety awareness campaigns. They are also specialized in the investigation of traffic related homicides. Parking Enforcement is also part of the Traffic Unit. The Parking Enforcement Officer is responsible for enforcing City Ordinances and State Statutes that govern parking violations. The Parking Enforcement Officer monitors the Downtown DeLand area for any safety obstacles and reports all findings to the appropriate City Departments.
Canine Officers enhance the Operations Bureau’s capabilities and improve the likelihood of an immediate apprehension of a suspect while reducing the safety risks to officers. The Animal Control Officer responds to all calls related to animal complaints and cases involving cruelty issues.
The Special Operations Bureau is comprised of several programs that address specific criminal and quality of life issues. Special Operation functions include Criminal Investigations Special Investigations, Narcotics, Vice, Training, Evidence and Community Services which handles Community Policing, hiring and recruiting. General Detectives perform retrospective investigations, are responsible for gathering intelligence information, identify crime trends and actively identify and formally charge people responsible for criminal acts; this includes Detectives assigned the duty of enforcing all drug related offenses.
The emphasis placed on all Special Operations functions is to initiate problem solving efforts that address issues important to the citizens that are associated with their quality of life. Community Services Officers promote community interaction by designing and presenting a growing number of crime prevention and community education programs. The Bureau is also responsible for developing, organizing and tracking training programs for the Department’s members along with all duties aligned with the recruitment and hiring of qualified applicants.