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I would like to welcome you to the Daytona Beach Police Department’s website and to introduce myself. My name is Mike Chitwood and I am the Chief of Police for the City of Daytona Beach.

The Daytona Beach Police Department is one of the finest law enforcement agencies in Florida, and I’m proud to lead the men and women who make this department extraordinary. I want to thank them for their tireless efforts as well as their unwavering commitment to rid our streets of crime. I’m reminded on a daily basis of the excellent work done by all divisions, members going above and beyond the call of duty, on behalf of the residents and visitors to our city.

Ultimately our success depends on the partnership between the community and the police. Years of hard work have resulted in establishing a solid working relationship and productive cooperative efforts to protect our children, our seniors and to build strong neighborhoods. The Daytona Beach Police Department remains committed to strengthening the crucial bonds of respect and support with the citizens that we have sworn to protect. All of our efforts are aimed at making Daytona Beach a better and safer place for those who live, work and visit our city.


On May 30, 2006, Michael J. Chitwood was sworn in as Daytona Beach's Police Chief. He had previously served for a one year time period as Chief of Police in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He went there after serving for 17 years with the Philadelphia Police Department which consists of over 7,000 sworn members and is the fourth largest police department in the nation. During his career with the Philadelphia Police Department, he worked in patrol, tactical, narcotics and detective divisions. He was officially cited 58 times by the Philadelphia Police Department and received commendations for merit, heroism, bravery and the highest award, valor. When he left the department to assume command of the Shawnee Police Department, he had attained the rank of lieutenant. As lieutenant, he commanded in the Special Investigations Unit and the Homicide Divisions.

Michael Chitwood received his bachelor’s degree in management from Eastern University in Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Staff and Command and holds a master's degree in criminal justice from NOVA Southeastern University.

Since serving as chief of the Daytona Beach Police Department, Chief Chitwood has acquired and implemented new technologies such as:
  • Analytical tools for crime analysis (ATAC)
  • Automated Fingerprinted Information System (AFIS)
  • Bait cars and motorcycles
  • Computerized Stress Analyzer (CVSA)
  • Digital cameras for crime scene investigation
  • Digital enhancement crime scene software
  • DNA outsourcing
  • GPS for property crimes
  • License plate readers
  • Personnel software management program
  • Software and LEADS On-Line (Pawn Shop Registry)
  • Tasers
  • Body-worn cameras 

In the area of education, Chief Chitwood has increased professional training for the mid-level supervisors. Several lieutenants have attended the prestigious Florida Criminal Justice Institute and the Senior Police Institute, several sergeants have attended the FDLE Frontline Supervisor Course and many detectives have attended numerous courses ranging from identity theft to homicide. Funds used for additional training and educational opportunities were provided by the Daytona Beach Police Foundation

In reaction to an uptick in juvenile crime, Chief Chitwood concentrated on truancy and curfew. Recognizing that truancy is an early warning sign for the potential of juvenile delinquency, juveniles are now photographed, fingerprinted and returned to school or their parent. This program has greatly alleviated daytime burglaries in the city. A new curfew ordinance is further assisting the police with deterring future juvenile crimes. In 2015 and thanks to a federal grant, DBPD officers were placed in all 10 public schools within the city limits where they serve role models and mentors in addition to public safety functions.

Further extending the deterrence philosophy by attacking the symptoms that create the conditions for crime to flourish, Code Enforcement is part of the police department. Using the broken windows theory, the police department can not only to focus on the crime issues but on the underlying problems: drug activity, nuisance businesses and properties.

Michael Chitwood

Michael Chitwood

Police Chief

129 Valor Blvd.
Room 3001
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Ph: (386) 671-5102
Emergency: 9-1-1

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