The Port Orange Police Department serves the approximately 57,000 residents of the second largest incorporated town in Volusia County, Florida. Port Orange is a tourist and retirement oriented community located just south of Daytona Beach on the east coast of Florida, approximately one (1) hour northeast of Orlando on Interstate 4. Please visit the Port Orange/South Daytona Chamber of Commerce for more information on the area.
The Police Department, with 91 sworn officers, three Reserve officers, and 17 non-sworn employees, provides law-enforcement and animal control services throughout its 27 square miles of primarily residential property. Employees are greatly assisted by more than 40 VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service), who drive more than 48,000 miles and provide more than 19,000 hours of service to the citizens of Port Orange each year. The Department maintains one of the lowest per-capita officer ratios within its population class, yet has achieved one of the lowest crime rates in the State of Florida.
As a proactive and community-oriented police agency, the Department subscribes to a philosophy of "community policing." Criminal trends are closely monitored so that strategies can be developed to meet the changing needs of this quickly growing city. The basis for monitoring trends results from the directive of the Department to act upon every reported crime, regardless of its nature. By giving careful consideration to each incident, the police force is able to maintain an accurate reading on the concerns of local residents. Police officers are trained to be client-oriented and forge close bonds throughout the community.
Port Orange Police Department Mission Statement
We, the Port Orange Police Department, exist to serve all people within our jurisdiction with respect, fairness and compassion. We are committed to provide a safe and secure environment for every person in our community.
With community service as our foundation, we are driven by our Core Values to enhance the quality of life, seeking solutions to problems, while fostering a sense of security in communities and individuals.
We will nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics. To fulfill our mission, we will emphasize the need for each officer to advance positive relations with our citizens through prompt, courteous and professional service.