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.
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.
|Chief of Police|
|Gerald Monahan, Jr.|
Chief of Police
Chief Monahan has been a law enforcement officer for 44 years. He is a graduate of the 120th Session of the FBI National Academy, the 38th Session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science. He began his career in 1971 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and retired there as Chief of Police after 28½ years of service. In 1999, Chief Monahan was hired as the Chief of Police for the City of Port Orange and during his tenure has also served as Director of Public Safety over both Police and Fire Operations from 2011 to 2013.
In 2003, he received a gubernatorial appointment to the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and served in that capacity for eight years. He was selected as a member of the Florida Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force in 2010-2011 and Florida’s Law Enforcement Consolidation Task Force in 2011-2012. He served as President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association in 2008-09 and currently holds the position of Past President-at-Large. He is also President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association's Education and Research Foundation.
Chief Monahan is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. He is also a Past President of the Volusia-Flagler Police Chiefs Association and a member of the Daytona College Criminal Justice Advisory Council.
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The purpose of this directive is to establish policy and procedure to unequivocally state that racial and ethnic profiling in law enforcement are totally unacceptable. This directive shall provide guidelines for police officers to prevent such occurrences and to protect our officers when they act within the dictates of the law and policy from unwarranted accusations.
It is the policy of the Port Orange Police Department that enforcement profiling is prohibited in conducting traffic and/or field contacts, asset seizure and forfeiture efforts pursuant to FS 30.15 and 166.0493. (CALEA 1.2.9A)
It is the policy of the Port Orange Police department to conduct patrol operations in a proactive manner, to aggressively investigate suspicious persons and circumstances, and to actively enforce the motor vehicle laws of the State of Florida, while insisting that citizens will only be stopped or detained when there exists reasonable suspicion to believe they have committed, are committing, or are about to commit, an infraction or violation of the law.
It is the policy of this department to provide citizens with the highest degree of law enforcement services, regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, age, income status, sexual orientation, and religious or political affiliation.
A fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States to all who live in this nation is the right to equal protection under the law. Along with this right is the fundamental right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by government agencies. Citizens are free to walk and drive our streets, highways, and other public places without police interference so long as they obey the law. They are also entitled to be free from crime, and from the depredations of criminals, and to remain safe from the actions of reckless and careless drivers.
The Port Orange Police Department is charged with protecting these rights, for all, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, physical handicap, or other belief system.
Because of the nature of their business, law enforcement officers are required to be observant to the identity of unusual occurrences and law violations, and to act upon them. It is this proactive enforcement that keeps our citizens free from crime and the streets and highways they travel upon safe.
This policy is intended to assist the officers of the Port Orange Police Department in accomplishing this mission in a way that respects the dignity of all persons, and yet sends a strong deterrent message to actual and potential violators that, if a law is violated, a police encounter will follow.
Bias based profiling may lead to allegations of violations of the constitutional rights of citizen, the undermining of legitimate law enforcement efforts and claims of civil rights violations. Profiling alienates citizens, fosters distrust, and invites media scrutiny, legislative actions and judicial intervention.
The 'Purpose', 'Policy' and 'Discussion' sections of this policy shall be posted on the Port Orange Police Department web page. Printed copies for the public will be available on request from the Records Section. The site will include instructions on how citizens who feel that a member of this department has violated this policy may file complaint.
Investigation of Complaints
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An annual administrative review will be conducted of agency profiling practices and citizen concerns. The review shall be available to the public on the department web page.
We will treat all people in a dignified and courteous manner and exhibit understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity, both in our professional and personal endeavors.
We are committed to the highest performance standards, ethical conduct, honesty and truthfulness in all relationships. We hold ourselves accountable for our actions and take pride in a professional level of service.
We will treat all people impartially, with consideration and compassion. We will be equally responsive to our employees and to the community we serve.
We will strive to provide quality service in a courteous, efficient and professional manner. We will focus on customer needs and foster community oriented policing through problem solving partnerships with citizens.
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The Port Orange Police Department is committed to providing the highest level of service possible. We recognize that this can only be accomplished through a collaborative effort between the department, other agencies and the community. It is commitment to these principles that will ensure the achievement of our goals.
Citizens are encouraged to bring forward legitimate grievances regarding misconduct by Port Orange Police Officers. If you have a general complaint, problem, suggestion or praise you would like to tell us about and do not wish to be contacted, please use the online feedback form.
However, specific complaints concerning officer misconduct should be documented on a Citizen Complaint Form. The form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to download. The form is also available in the Port Orange Police Department lobby.
This complaint form is to be made available to any citizen who wishes to file a complaint. The person who is making the complaint must complete the form in its entirety (except the shaded areas for official use only) and have the form notarized. Any notary public can notarize this form. A notary is available at the front desk of the Port Orange Police Department from 8a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone who needs assistance in completing the complaint form should call 756-7400 and ask for a Port Orange Police Department Supervisor. The completed and notarized form must be submitted at the front desk of the Port Orange Police Department, mailed to the Port Orange Police Department at 4545 Clyde Morris Blvd. Port Orange, FL 32129 or given directly to any member of the Port Orange Police Department. The complainant should be sure to leave a phone number in the space indicated on the complaint form.
An investigator will contact the complainant as soon as practical after receiving the complaint, usually within three days of receiving the complaint. Investigations are to be completed with 45 days of receiving the complaint. In order to preserve the integrity of the process, all investigations of misconduct are based on sworn testimony given in writing and in tape recorded oral interviews. In the interest of fairness, it is important that Florida Statutes 837.06 and 775.082-083-084 are understood by anyone making an official statement in connection with an official investigation. Whoever knowingly makes a false statement in writing with the intent to mislead a public servant in the performance of their official duty shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree. Further, if the allegations against the officer are not sustained, the accused has the right to pursue civil recourse against the complainant.
In the interest of maintaining the integrity of this investigation, I would ask for your cooperation by not discussing the specifics of this case with anyone other than the chief investigator or your representative until the investigation has been concluded. Although there is no legal prohibition against this, such discussions could adversely affect the accuracy of our findings. Please be assured that our investigation will be thorough and timely.
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