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Daytona Beach Officers Head Back To Class

May 3, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- The Daytona Beach Police Foundation, originated in 2008, is achieving its mission and vision.  The overall success of Daytona Beach Police Foundation is attributed to the outstanding commitment demonstrated by its Board of Directors, dedicated sponsors, and community stakeholders. Personnel are eligible to participate in educational opportunities that were previously unattainable, prior to the inception, of the Daytona Beach Police Foundation; therefore more educated officers are serving our great city.

15 officers are set to graduate from various local colleges and universities with advanced degrees in Criminal Justice, a Transformative Leadership and Management.  5 of the above mentioned officers will be receiving their Masters Degrees. The Daytona Beach Police Foundation collaborated with the various institutions to help fund the education for these officers.  

“There is no way these officers could have afforded to take these classes without the help of the Foundation,” says Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.  “The Foundation Board understands, as we do here at the Police Department, that smarter cops are better cops.”

The Daytona Beach Police Foundation was formed two years ago as a way to raise additional funds for the department for the purchase of equipment, training, and to provide continuing education for officers.

Bob Davis, Chair and a Founding member of the Foundation says, “We recognized that there was a major shortfall in the Police Department’s budget.  So much was being spent on personnel and overhead that there was no room to buy the equipment or to provide training opportunities that the officers desperately needed.”

“Being a good officer means using your head as much as any other tool at your disposal,” Chitwood continues, “These officers are graduating with a much stronger knowledge of leadership, criminal justice, and other very valuable assets.  They can now come back and share this knowledge with the entire department.” 

Here is a full list of recent graduates:

Graduating from Bethune-Cookman University with a Master of Science in Transformative Leadership
          Deputy Chief Benjamin Walton
          Sergeant Paul Barnett
          Detective Leon Smith

Graduating from Daytona State College with a A. S. Degree in Criminal Justice
          Sergeant David Snowden
          Officer Charles Fields
          Officer Christie Gernert
          Officer Ray Ousterman

B.A.S. Degree in Supervision in Management
          Capt. Kerry Orpinuk
          Sergeant Jake Mays
          Sergeant Debbie Session
          Detective James Brodick
          Officer Bryan Morford
          Officer Claudia Wright

Graduating from Keiser University with a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
          Deputy Chief Steve Beres
          Police Training Specialist Dan Swartzfager

The Daytona Beach Police Foundation is a donor advised fund of the Community Foundation of Volusia & Flagler Counties a 501(c) 3 organization that raises money through donations and fundraisers throughout the year.  The money that is raised is used specifically to purchase equipment, training and education opportunity for Daytona Beach Police officers.

Media can contact Tim Stockman at (386) 944-4296, for further details or email him at


The DBPD Foundation is dedicated to providing aid to officers and enhancing public safety. Every day, the courageous men and women of the Daytona Beach Police Department put their lives on the line to protect and serve our citizens. By getting involved with the Daytona Beach Police Foundation, you have the unique opportunity to provide direct assistance to the officers who serve in your neighborhood and throughout the city.


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