Hi Retirees, Alumni and Active OPD,
We know it’s been a brutally hot summer. School will soon be starting and the seasons will start to change for a cooler weather….we sure hope!
If you check Facebook for the Orlando Police Department’s profile, you’ll see what a superb job the department is doing. It’ll also catch you up on some of the important employee updates and fundraisers for those in need. Chief Mina is such a supporter of the retirees and we are kept up to date on events happening as soon as possible. It is giving both the active and retired members such a huge feeling of being part of an outstanding police force.
On August 1st, 2015, the Orlando Police Dragon Boat (a new project with at risk youth) were even discussed on the “Today” show with a video of our officers helping at risk youth by providing them an outlet to learn skills, be a part of a huge group and take pride in accomplishments by being crew members of the Dragon Boat Races. Recently they got to travel to Chicago where they won all kinds of awards! Way to go OPD officers and all you Dragon Boat members who are so talented in crewing those narrow boats in unison!
We are so pleased to have Chief John Mina give us a special message:
Retired Crime Fighters:
Being a police officer these days is tougher than ever, but I wanted you to know that the members of the Orlando Police Department have shown great resolve through everything that has happened both locally and nationally in the past year. Our officers don’t have the luxury of watching a video of an incident over and over again before they take action. They must make split second decisions that most people cannot fathom. I am extremely proud to lead such great people and a great police agency.
Many times the great police work that happens here is overshadowed by a few mistakes or incidents that are not clearly reported. But I know about the great investigations and arrests, the selfless acts, the bravery, the courage, the kindness and compassion that our officers show every day that will never show up in the media, and our residents rarely hear about.
We are all saddened by the sudden loss of Officer Derek Briscoe who was taken from us way too early. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Crime is down in the City of Orlando and continues to decrease because of the hard work of our sworn officers and dedicated civilians. Do not be discouraged by some negativity shown towards our Department by a few people. This community overwhelmingly supports the Orlando Police Department. Our residents are very appreciative of our current officers who risk their lives to keep this community safe as well as the sacrifices made by all of you throughout the years.
John W. Mina, Chief of Police
Orlando Police Department