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The Operations Division is the core law enforcement arm of the Department which supports the growing community and the increased demands for public safety.  The Division is responsible for routine patrol services, traffic safety enforcement, forensic science support and criminal investigations.

Operations Captain
Captain James M. Crimins is the Operations Captain. Captain Crimins has been employed by the Ormond Beach Police Department for approximately twenty two years.  He has served as a Patrol Officer, Motorcycle Officer, Patrol Corporal, Outreach Supervisor, Traffic Unit Supervisor, Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, and Acting Support Services Lieutenant.

Captain Crimins has a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts from the College of the Holy Cross and an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Daytona Beach Community College. He was award the OBPD Officer of the Year in 1996 and 1997 and was Volusia County Motorcycle Officer of the Year in 1997. 

Traffic Unit
In virtually any city, traffic is the subject of most citizens' concerns and complaints.  Ormond Beach is no exception.  The Traffic Unit is a specialized unit that addresses one of the biggest complaints in our city. 
The Ormond Beach Police Department Traffic Unit consists of five police motorcycle officers, supervised by Sergeant Keith "Rocco" Bandell.  All officers assigned to the Traffic Unit are certified police motorcycle operators, radar and laser speed measurement device operators and traffic homicide investigators.  Some of these officers also maintain instructor certifications in those same areas of expertise.


The Patrol Division is the foundation of the Police Department, frequently the first to respond to any type of call for service while taking proactive measures to deter crime in the community.  They respond to well over 56,000 calls for assistance each year by thirty nine patrol officers.

Over the years the Department has had several drug detecting K9 units.  Former K9 Officer L Rosenthal continues to care for Savannah, a yellow lab who retired from active service in 2009.  K9 Dawny, a black lab and her partner Officer J Smith have been in service since 2007, and have proven to be a tremendous assset to the department.  K9's and their handlers occasionally assist in education through Outreach Programs such as DARE.

Criminal Investigations Division
The Criminal Investigations Division is the investigative arm of the Ormond Beach Police Department.  Staff consists of a detective sergeant, six detectives, one undercover detective, a victim advocate, and a crime analyst.

Property and Evidence
Property and evidence is staffed by two personnel: Crime Scene Investigator and Evidence Technician. They are responsible for the receipt and maintenance of any property submitted that has evidentiary value.  They assist the patrol division by providing information that helps to support an arrest,; receive and submit evidence for analysis for criminal cases, and catalog incoming evidence that may be necessary during an investigation or trial.

Personal property cleared for release can be picked up by contacting the Evidence Technician at 386-676-3537 to set up an appointment Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Any releaseable unclaimed property of value is placed on at the end of a ninety day holding period. 

Crime Suppression Unit
The Crime Suppression Unit is composed of a Sergeant and a team of officers. The individuals selected for this unit are highly motivated and have demonstrated a proactive approach to prevent crime. These officers generally drive unmarked patrol cars, ride bicycles or walk on foot and are deployed in area where our crime analysis process has identified a crime trend. They work with Investigators to identify the problem, identify and arrest perpetrators, and prevent further criminal activity. In addition, they apprehend wanted individuals and provide other services directly related to the prevention of crime and the apprehension of violators. The goal of all of these activities is to improve the safety and quality of life for Ormond Beach's residents and visitors. 

Bicycle Patrol
Prior to the invention of the automobile, most law enforcement agencies conducted patrol on foot, horseback or bicycle. The contact and the communication with the public was at an all-time high and subsequently crime was at an all-time low. As technology progressed, police officers were taken off the bicycles and put into cars that could respond to calls for service in larger areas. Now police officers are volunteering to ride the bicycles to get back in touch with the communities.

Officers on bicycles are easier to approach than officers in cars and they can get to areas that are restricted to vehicles. Bicycle patrols are used for numerous events and are widely seen during the City’s annual
Holiday Parade and Independence Day Celebration.  The Ormond Beach Police Department also deploys bicycle patrols where there are recent spikes in criminal activity. Bicycles are stealthier than vehicles and can be used to approach people while in the commission of a crime without being immediately noticed.

Currently the Ormond Beach Police Department has six (6) Police Mountain bicycles that were purchased with the help of money donated by the Citizens Police Academy. The bicycles were purchased from a local bicycle shop next to the Police Station (The Bike Shop) and came with a lifetime maintenance plan. To become a bicycle officer, officers volunteer to attend a 16 hour Police Mountain Bicycle Operators course that is taught at the Police Department. Corporal Mike Pavelka instructs the class and he is a certified bicycle instructor with the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association (LEBA).

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