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About JBPD

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is a Gold Standard CALEA accredited full-service law enforcement agency with 70 sworn officers and 32 civilian employees.  The City of Jacksonville Beach has a base population of approximately 23,000, and our city is the playground for the county of over one million residents.  We have miles of public beachfront, a vibrant entertainment district, and major roadways, all contained in approximately nine square miles.  The city attracts millions of visitors each year, and in 2019 the police department answered 65,187 calls for service which included 95,986 officer responses.  The police department has an annual budget of approximately 10 million dollars.

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.

 

Police Administration

Commander
Thomas F. Crumley, II

                                                                       
Commander
C. Mark Evans

Accreditation

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department was formally awarded Accreditation with Excellence by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) http://www.calea.org/ in July of 2018. 

This successful review means the Police Department will retain its status as a nationally accredited law enforcement agency for another four years. The accreditation review process provides an independent evaluation of the agency and its policies, procedures, programs and facilities to ensure that the department is complying with 480 Internationally-recognized law enforcement performance standards. The Jacksonville Beach Police Department has been accredited CALEA since 1995.

The department has a full-time accreditation manager who is responsible for developing and maintaining accreditation standards and procedures, auditing compliance of the standards, drafting new written directives, and maintaining master and archive files.

The Benefits of CALEA Accreditation

CALEA accreditation strengthens the agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through standards that clearly define authority, performance and responsibilities.   Accreditation is a means for developing and/or improving the agency’s relationship with the community.  Being accredited also limits the agency’s liability and risk exposure as it demonstrates internationally-recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.

The CALEA Process

A team of CALEA assessors conducted an on-site review of the department as part of the reaccreditation process. The assessment team recommended approval for reaccreditation and selected the agency to receive CALEA’s prestigious Accreditation with Excellence Award.   In addition to Accreditation with Excellence Award, the agency received the Meritorious Accreditation Award (an agency accredited for 15 or more continuous years). 

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department was among approximately 100 national law enforcement agencies that went before CALEA for either initial accreditation or reaccreditation.  The next review of the agency will be in 2022.