The New Smyrna Beach Police Department focuses on reducing crime and improving the quality of life of our citizens by strengthening our relationships with the community. We have learned that some of the best answers to problems come from outside the walls of our department.
Our partnerships with neighborhood associations, businesses, schools and individual citizens provides us vital feedback. These stakeholders offer some of the best solutions to the issues that arise in our city by providing a clear picture of what is happening in their neighborhoods.
While we have experienced several successes, our work is not done. We will continue to make advances throughout our organization and strive for continuous improvement. These partnerships will become stronger, and together we will strive to make New Smyrna Beach a safer place for our citizens, business owners and visitors.
Police Athletic League (PAL)
Mission Statement: “To instill in the youth of the community a philosophy of fair play, courtesy and consideration of others and foster an atmosphere of friendship, cooperation, trust and mutual respect between the police officers of the community and its young people.”
Investigator David Adkins oversees the PAL program, which is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that is supported by citizen board members. The PAL program directly impacts over 500 Southeast Volusia County children. New Smyrna Beach PAL offers safe activities and programs that are designed to instill positive values, character and leadership skills.
For more information, contact Investigator David Adkins (386) 424-2263, email.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
DARE Mission Statement: “Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.”
Officer Jennifer Fike became certified through DARE after completing the 80-hour course in June, 2013. As the agency’s DARE Officer, she teaches the 10-week DARE curriculum to 5th and 7th grade students at Sacred Heart School, Read-Patillo Elementary, Chisholm Elementary, Coronado Elementary, and New Smyrna Beach Middle School. She visits students enrolled in Kindergarten through 4th grade, four times a year at each elementary school. Officer Fike also assists with instructing the criminal justice classes at New Smyrna Beach High School. Some of the common program topics are bullying, prescription drugs, and internet safety. Informational booklets are provided to those who are homeschooled.
The DARE Program is additionally funded by grants from the “People for Drug Free Youth”. Their financial assistance provides the program with DARE graduation events, t-shirts, books, and pamphlets with DARE insignia. New Smyrna Beach Police has supported the DARE program since 1989.
For more information, contact Officer Fike at (386) 402-7784, email.