This section of the Port Orange Police Department website is designed to provide citizens with information concerning topics relating to various programs that the Department has established. The following topics contained in this area and a brief description about what information can be found within are as follows:
Child Safety: Would your child know what to do if he/she got lost at a shopping mall? Or a nice, friendly stranger offered her a ride home after school? What if a babysitter wanted to play a secret game that no one would know about? Or a friend dared him to hitchhike? This area provides tips on how to teach your child the answers.
Accreditation: The Port Orange Police Department has been international accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 2004, and a state accredited agency through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) since 1997. This area provides information on what accreditation is, why we are involved in the program, and how the Department has performed on its four (4) on-site inspections.
Crime Prevention: The Department's crime prevention efforts are designed to enhance public safety awareness and crime prevention through education, environmental design, and enforcement. The local residential and business communities are educated about crime prevention and police department services through activities that include safety information, exhibition tables, the city's website, presentations, workshops, and security surveys.
Volunteers (VIPs): The Volunteers in Police Service are a group of approximately 55 dedicated volunteers who supplement the Department's paid staff by performing duties such as traffic control, fingerprinting, vacation house watches, and courier services. The program is perfect for retired individuals who want to remain active and participate in their community. This area provides more details on our VIPS program and how to become part of the team.
Buckle-Up Campaign: On America's roads, someone is killed every 13 minutes and someone is injured every nine seconds in traffic crashes. The Port Orange Police Department actively participates in the Buckle-Up America campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This area provides more information on the campaign, including a 39 page report issued by NHTSA entitled Standard Enforcement Saves Lives: The Case for Strong Seat Belt Laws. You can also get details on how to get your child restraint seat inspected. A recent study indicates that at least 90 percent of all child safety seats are not installed properly, potentially increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
Neighborhood Watch: Provides information on the program, why it is needed, the goals of the program, and how to get one organized. Tips can also be found on different types of suspicious activities which should be monitored and reported as a part of the program.
Vacation House Watch: Offered as a service by the Volunteers in Police Service, this program permits city residents to request extra patrols of their residence while away on vacation, up to 90 days. Patrols are not guaranteed.
Police Athletic League: Provides information concerning various sports programs run by the Port Orange Police Athletic League for children ages 8-18, including weight lifting, boxing, baseball, basketball, bowling, and soccer. The quarterly newsletter is available for viewing, and the PAL membership application can be downloaded.
Explorer Post #445: The mission of the Port Orange Police Explorers is to provide in-depth, first hand experience into the fields of law enforcement and the criminal justice system for young men and women ages 14 to 21. This area provides information about the Explorers and a contact number for individuals wanting additional information.
Driver Safety Program: The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest classroom driver improvement course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. It is intended to help older drivers improve their skills while teaching them to avoid accidents and traffic violations. For more information, call 1-888-AARP-NOW or visit their web site.