Operations Division - Patrol
The Patrol Division encompasses all the officers who patrol the City streets.
Operations Division - K-9 Unit
The DeLand Police K-9 unit is an enhanced support function for the Patrol Division. Their primary functions are to respond to alarm and prowler calls, conduct building and article searches, assist drug units with narcotic detection and the tracking of felony suspects. When K-9 officers are not responding to calls, they patrol the business and residential areas of the City in an effort to deter and detect break-ins.
The K-9 Unit has been frequently requested to perform demonstrations at schools and community functions. The comments received from the public time and time again reflect the positive manner in which the DeLand Police K-9's are received and the high level of confidence in their ability.
Community Service Aides
Community Service Aides (CSA’s) are civilian employees that perform similar tasks to those of a sworn police officer. They supplement the patrol division by handling non-emergency calls where the offender is not present. They routinely take reports and investigate crimes such as burglaries, vandalisms, thefts, frauds, and found property cases. CSA’s are trained to work traffic accidents, both with and without injuries, and have been certified to write traffic citations related to the crashes. They also issue parking citations, as well as perform traffic direction at the DeLand High School each morning and afternoon. CSA’s have been trained in crime scene photography, latent fingerprint processing, and DNA evidence preservation and collection. CSA’s routinely canvas neighborhoods after
burglaries have occurred in an effort to gather additional investigative leads and to inform the other citizens in the area of the occurrence.