The Port Orange Police Department serves the approximately 63,000 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 96 sworn officers and 30 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 30 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
To Provide superior service to all visitors and residents of Port Orange: and to bring the rule of law to criminals, with valor and integrity.
We are accountable to one another, our department, and the citizens we serve. As such, we are also committed to being accountable to the highest performance standards, ethical conduct, honesty, and truthfulness in all situations.
We are committed to consistently enforcing the laws fairly and impartially, as well as ensuring that we treat all those we encounter with courtesy and respect.
We are committed to providing the best possible service; we accomplish this promise by ensuring complete transparency with all those we serve.
In addition to A.C.T., the core values of respect, integrity, fairness, dedication, and excellence guide and motivate us in all we say and do. These values are a part of our day-to-day work life and help ensure that our personal and professional behavior can be a model for all to follow.