Professional Standards

The Professional Standards Division is under the general direction of the Chief of Police and is responsible for administrative duties associated with maintaining professional standards within the department.

The Captain serves as the Accreditation Manager and is the person designated to direct and control the accreditation process.

The Professional Standards Commander shall coordinate the efforts of departmental components within the agency, serves as liaison between the agency and the Commission of Florida Accreditation staff and is responsible for the successful operation of the accreditation process.

Activities of the Professional Standards Lieutenant include being able to supervise patrol, investigations, community relations and community crime prevention and also serves as the department's Public Information Officer as a point of contact and coordinates news releases.

CRIMINAL PROFILING

The Right Thing
Investigative Tool
What is criminal profiling?
How does criminal profiling differ?
Policy

THE RIGHT THING
We want to do the right thing:
Discriminatory enforcement practices can alienate our citizens, foster distrust of police in the community, invite media scrutiny, legislative action and judicial intervention, and potentially lead to allegations of constitutional and civil rights violations. As we perform our duties, it is imperative that we afford all citizens the Constitutional and Fundamental right to equal protection under the law.

INVESTIGATIVE TOOL
We use accepted investigative tools:
Criminal profiling is one of many accepted and necessary law enforcement investigative practices. However, it differs from and should not be confused with bias-based profiling. One is an investigative tool; the other, a discriminatory practice

WHAT IS CRIMINAL PROFILING?
When we investigate crime, we use every legitimate tool at our disposal to narrow the list of potential suspects so we can identify, locate and arrest those responsible for the crimes, to bring them to justice and to keep them from committing more acts against society.

Criminal profiling can assist us by narrowing the field of potential suspects in major criminal investigations. Based on current and historical law enforcement investigative knowledge and experience, we scrutinize on a set of facts and factors common to specific ( e.g. serial murder with a certain 'signature') or general (e.g. narcotics trafficking) criminal activity. From these facts and factors, we may be able to identify a type of person or group of people by gender, age, race, and/or by personality, social, and/or other characteristics that are most likely to be involved. This can result in fewer suspects to consider and a quicker resolution to the case.

HOW DOES CRIMINAL PROFILING DIFFER?
How does criminal profiling differ from bias-based profiling?
While criminal profiling does add elements (such as gender, race, or ethnicity) to a list of factors scrutinized to identify a suspect, these elements are only parts of several pieces of the puzzle that police must put together to solve crime.

Bias-based profiling occurs when, whether intentionally or unintentionally, an officer applies his or her own personal, societal, or organizational biases or stereotypes when making decisions or taking police action, and the ONLY reason for that decision or action is because of a person's race, ethnicity, background, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, age, culture or other personal characteristic, rather than the observed behavior of the individual or the identification of the individual as being, having been, or about to be engaged in criminal activity.

POLICY
What is the South Daytona Police Department's policy on bias-based profiling:
It is the policy of the South Daytona Police Department to protect the constitutional rights of all people, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical handicap, religion or other belief system or physical characteristic and to treat each person with respect and dignity. While contacting persons in a variety of situations is not only routine, but also germane to law enforcement activities, the Department will not accept or tolerate bias-based profiling.

Police Information (staff use)