A Message from the Chief
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is dedicated to accomplishing our mission, "Working with Citizens for a Safe Community."
Members of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department subscribe to values which we believe are essential to accomplishing our mission. Those values include the following: Compassion, Dependability, High Moral Character, Initiative, Integrity, Professionalism, and Self-Improvement.
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About the Department
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is a Gold Standard Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) accredited full-service law enforcement agency with 100 sworn officers and employees. There were 62,500 calls for service in calendar year 2020. Many of those calls required a response by two or more officers. In 2020, there were 91,363 officer responses to those 62,500 calls, all this in a City with a permanent population of approximately 23,000 citizens. Many service calls are generated by non-residents who come to Jacksonville Beach to visit the beach, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. The Patrol Division has the largest component of police personnel with 40 full-time positions, since most calls for service are handled at that level. Officers are split into two patrol groups and six squads consisting of five officers per squad.
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department enjoys strong support from citizens, city leadership, and elected officials. We believe in offering competitive wages and benefits to attract talented individuals to our team. City leadership cares deeply for all city employees, believing, in turn, those employees will deliver excellent customer service to our citizens, businesses, and visitors. We place an emphasis on employees maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
The police department has several specialized units, including Traffic, General Investigations, Special Investigations, Downtown CAPE, SWAT, Evidence Technician, K-9, Honor Guard, Critical Incident Stress Management, Beach Patrol, and Hostage Negotiations. We also have a nationally recognized civilian volunteer program, and we operate our own communications/dispatch center. Because our officers perform numerous collateral duties, we place a premium on sending them to thousands of hours of training courses per year.
We believe in giving our employees the proper tools to perform their jobs. We recently obtained over-vests for all sworn personnel, new 9mm Glock handguns, and Ford F150 patrol trucks which will be phased in completely over the next few years. We have a new, modern, state-of-the-art dispatch center, and our specialized units have state-of-the-art equipment.
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is currently fully staffed with sworn officers, which speaks volumes about the quality of our agency. We enjoy an outstanding reputation among other law enforcement agencies and government entities. The employees and volunteers of this police department are the best group of people I have ever known, or will ever know. Because of them, coupled with outstanding city leadership, I know I am the most fortunate Chief of Police in this country.