Operation Honorable Endeavor

Operation Honorable Endeavor was initiated in 2017 and it's goal is to promote harmonious relationships between the police and citizens in the City of Deland.  This philosophy stems directly from three of our core organizational values: Respect, Caring and Trust. To these ends we consider ALL people worthy of high regard. The City of DeLand is a vastly diverse community.  Therefore, our challenge is great and our efforts to build relationships must be focused.

Community Policing - A philosophy or orientation that emphasizes working proactively with citizens to reduce fear, solve crime-related problems, and prevent crime.  (From:  Community Policing, Partnerships for Problem Solving, 5th edition; Linda Miller and Karen Hess; Thomson Wadsworth 2008, p. 476)

Procedural Justice –  Four recommended principles of policing which are 1) Treating people with dignity and respect; 2) Giving individuals “voice” during encounters when safe and practical; 3) Being neutral and transparent in decision making; and 4) Conveying trustworthy motives. (From: President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. 2015. Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

DeLand Police Department will demonstrate respect for human dignity and manifest a commitment to justice, the equal treatment of individuals and acceptance of diversity.  To these ends we will practice the four principles of Procedural Justice in every public encounter where it is practical to do so.

Research demonstrates that the practice of Procedural Justice leads to relationships in which the community trusts that officers are honest, unbiased, benevolent, and lawful. The community therefore feels obligated to follow the law and the dictates of legal authorities and is more willing to cooperate with and engage those authorities because it believes that it shares a common set of interests and values with the police. (From: Tom Tyler, Jonathon Jackson, and Ben Bradford, “Procedural Justice and Cooperation,” in Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, eds. Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd (New York: Springer, 2014), 4011–4024).