Chief of Police Jason D. Umberger commenced his leadership of The DeLand Police Department on June 12, 2017. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Police for DeLand, Chief Umberger had been employed by the Swatara Township Police Department since May 10, 1993. On June 11, 2011 he was promoted to Chief of Police.
Throughout his career with the Swatara Township Police Department he has served in numerous assignments both in the Patrol Service Division and Field Service Division. He was assigned to the Dauphin County Drug Task Force from 1998-2003 as both a drug investigator and assistant supervisor. In November 2003 Chief Umberger returned to the Patrol Service Division and served there until his promotion to Deputy Chief of Police on April 4, 2005.
As Deputy Chief of Police he commanded the Patrol Service Division and the Field Service Division. Other responsibilities included policy formulation, grant writing, information technology systems, internal affairs, Departmental PIO and Right to Know Law Officer.
Chief Umberger has received numerous awards during his career to include: Officer of the Year (2003), one Award of Merit, the Drew Comrey Order of Honor Medal, eight (8) Unit Platoon citations and two physical fitness awards.
Chief Umberger holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland in Criminal Justice and a Master’s of Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, the Pennsylvania State University’s Police Executive Management Development course and Advanced Police Executive Development course. Chief Umberger has conducted training at the Municipal Police Academy and has taught undergraduate courses in Criminal Justice at the Harrisburg Area Community College.