Vero Beach Police Department

  • Agency: Vero Beach Police Department
  • Address: 1055 20th Street, Vero Beach, 32960 FL
  • Chief: Donald Dappen (Chief of Police)
Phone: (772) 978-4600
Fax: (772) 978-4691

Vero Beach Police Department is located at 1055 20th Street, Vero Beach, 32960 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Donald Dappen. The Vero Beach Police Department phone number is (772) 978-4600.

Vero Beach Police Department News

Animal Control Officer Scott Lee responded to the Vero Beach High School and rescued this juvenile Great Horned Owl which was displaced from its home while they were trimming trees. The owl was uninjured but has not yet learned to fly so it was brought to a rehabber until it can be released back into the wild. Be careful while trimming trees because you never know what animals could call that tree home.

In accordance with the Commission for Florida Accreditation Version 5.05 standard 2.06M and Vero Beach Police Department general order #79.25 Traffic Stops and Profiling, an annual review concerning bias based profiling for the period of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 has been conducted.

The Vero Beach Police Department would like to share the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle's March Initiative: ENJOY SPRING BREAK RESPONSIBLY, DON’T DRINK & DRIVE ~ DHSMV urges residents and visitors to always designate a sober driver ~ The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) urge residents and visitors to Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive as they celebrate spring break this month. DHSMV and FHP are partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association, AAA – The Auto Club Group and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to encourage individuals to enjoy their spring break vacation responsibility by not driving impaired. “With record numbers of motorists on Florida roads, students and families enjoying their spring break are reminded to designate a sober driver or find a safe ride home,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Drinking and driving can turn a fun and exciting vacation into a nightmare. Help everyone Arrive Alive this spring break; plan ahead and never let an impaired friend drive. Take the keys and save a life.” As one of the top Spring Break destinations in the nation, DHSMV reminds high school and college-aged students flocking to Florida’s warm climate and beautiful beaches to drive responsibly. Preliminary data shows that there were more than 37,000 crashes resulting in more than 2,000 serious bodily injuries and 295 fatalities statewide in March 2017, making it the month with the highest number of total crashes, injuries and fatalities. “The Florida Highway Patrol is enhancing its efforts this month, with an emphasis on impaired drivers” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Be sure to use good judgment, enjoy your time in Florida and don’t drink or use drugs and drive.” Since 2013, more DUI citations have been issued in March than in any other month of the year. Impaired drivers not only put the lives of everyone on the roadway at risk, they can face serious legal and monetary consequences. Penalties for DUIs can include expensive fines, license revocation and jail time. This spring break, law enforcement agencies across the state will continue to enforce the state’s drinking age laws to help keep impaired drivers off the roads. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco enforces the state’s beverage law and is responsible for licensing all Florida establishments that sell or service alcohol. This spring break, DBPR is partnering with state and local law enforcement agencies to help further enforce the legal drinking age and ensure that establishments are serving alcohol only to those age 21 or older. “The DBPR’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco is committed to enforcing the minimum age for possession of alcohol and ensuring licensed Florida businesses remain in compliance during spring break,” said DBPR Secretary Jonathan Zachem. “Spring break is a great time to enjoy everything the Sunshine State has to offer, and we want to ensure everyone does that safely and in accordance with the law.” “As visitors and residents celebrate their spring break in our state each year, we see an increase in drunk driving incidents. The Florida Police Chiefs Association is proud to partner with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to promote safe and responsible driving during spring break,” said Miami Shores Police Chief Kevin Lystad, President of the Association. “We know all too well that drinking and driving often leads to serious injuries or fatalities. It's important to educate Floridians and guests about the dangers of impaired driving. Florida's police chiefs fully support and endorse this initiative.” “With its miles of beaches and beautiful weather, Florida is one of the prime destinations for youth to celebrate Spring Break each year,” said Sheriff Mike Adkinson, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association. “Given that our primary mission is to protect the citizens we serve, our Florida Sheriffs fully support the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive initiative this March.” “Spring Break is a great time to celebrate with friends and family, but it can easily take a tragic turn when alcohol is involved,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Before anyone has their first drink, please plan ahead to make sure all of your loved ones get home safely.” Regulatory Compliance Services (RCS), a subsidiary of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), provides risk management and regulatory compliance training to the state’s hospitality industry. RCS training programs include Responsible Vendor Training and Alcohol Compliance to educate servers and sellers on the legal manner of serving alcohol and preventing underage drinking. “Florida is fortunate to be revered as one of the nation’s leading destinations, welcoming 113 million visitors in 2016,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “Admired for our world-class hospitality industry, it is our duty to lead by example. We strongly encourage our businesses across the state to serve responsibly and create wonderful memories for our guests. As Florida’s premier provider of responsible alcohol vendor training, we are dedicated to risk management and strongly recommend that businesses and patrons refocus awareness and take precaution during this busy season.” Visit DHSMV’s website for more information and resources for the Arrive Alive, Don’t Drink and Drive Spring Break campaign. The public is encouraged to report dangerous and drunk drivers by dialing *FHP (*347).

The Vero Beach Police Department needs your help in identifying a possible burglar. If you recognize the person in the video or have seen someone similar in the area of Sandfly Lane please contact Det. Dennis Deacetis at 978-4660. If you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood please call the Vero Beach Police Department at 978-4600.

On February 27, the Exchange Club of Vero Beach recognized Ofc. Richard Chimenti by presenting him with a plaque for his Officer of the Quarter award. Congratulations once again, Ofc. Chimenti, and thank you for your outstanding work and dedication to the community.

Watch out for this phony money

The Vero Beach Police Department needs your help to locate a stolen 13 foot Lund aluminum boat with three brown wooden seats inside. The stolen boat is blue and silver with a black bottom and has a 5hp Mercury 4 stroke motor. If anyone has any information pertaining to the stolen boat, please contact Detective Brock at the Vero Beach Police Department (772)978-4660 or (Photo is not actual missing boat)

On February 20th, the Vero Beach Police Department held an Awards Ceremony to recognize some of our exceptional employees. Ofc. Richard Chimenti was recognized as Officer of the Quarter for locating and apprehending a serial burglar while assisting with the training of some of our new officers. Administrative Assistant Jennifer Kelley was also recognized as Employee of the Quarter. Ms. Kelley goes above and beyond in her duties in the records division. Ofc. Somoza and Ofc. Delgado were also recognized with life saving awards.

Vero Beach Police Department would like to congratulate Sgt. Chris Cox for successfully completing Indian River State College Leadership Academy! Thank you for dedicating your time and effort to complete this training and setting an admirable example for all of our officers! Picture from left to right are IRSC Advanced Training Coordinator Darren Mingear, Sgt. Chris Cox, and Chief David Currey,

On February 20th , the Vero Beach Police Department welcomed three new members to our ranks and our family - Mathew Donsife, Hector Hurtado, and Daniel Hernandez were all sworn-in as new Vero Beach Police Officers. Welcome, Ofc. Donsife, Ofc. Hurtado, and Ofc. Hernadez, be safe out there and good luck!!

The Vero Beach Police Department announces the deployment of Evzio (naloxone HCI injection) auto-injectors to help in the fight against opioid overdose deaths. The Vero Beach Police Department has received a donation of Evzio naloxone auto-injectors from Kaleo, a Richmond, Virginia based pharmaceutical company. All sworn officers have been trained to administer the auto-injector in their capacity as a first responder in the event of an opioid overdose emergency. Evzio is an FDA-approved naloxone product specifically indicated for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression and is intended for immediate administration as emergency therapy in settings where opioids may be present, including outside of supervised medical settings. Nearly 29,000 Americans died in 2014 year from prescription opioid overdose and unintended drug poisoning has surpassed automobile collisions as the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., driven largely by prescription opioids. Opioid overdose can cause a person’s breathing to severely slow down and even stop. Evzio is a pre-filled, single-use, hand-held auto-injector that works by temporarily blocking the effect of an opioid, potentially reversing the life-threatening respiratory depression and allowing the recipient to breathe more regularly. Each Evzio device uses voice and visual cues to assist in guiding the user through the process and delivers a single 0.4 mg dose of naloxone. Evzio is not a substitute for emergency medical care. The rising number of overdose deaths from opioid-based prescription drugs and heroin is one of the top concerns for our community. This product delivers a potentially life-saving dose of naloxone via a simple to use auto-injector system that is easy to carry and administer to someone experiencing an opioid overdose. With this donation, our officers will have an opportunity to make a real difference in the fight against opioid overdose deaths. Additional information: EVZIO first became available in the United States by prescription in July 2014. EVZIO is a pre-filled, single-use, hand-held auto-injector that works by temporarily blocking the effect of an opioid, potentially reversing the life-threatening respiratory depression and to help keep a patient breathing. EVZIO is an opioid antagonist indicated for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression. EVZIO is intended for immediate administration as emergency therapy in settings where opioids may be present. EVZIO is not a substitute for emergency medical care. Each EVZIO delivers a single 0.4 mg dose of Naloxone HCI injection. Since the duration of action of most opioids may exceed that of Naloxone, seek immediate emergency medical assistance, keep the patient under continued surveillance, and administer repeated doses of EVZIO as necessary. For more information on EVZIO, visit

A huge thank you to First United Methodist Church for dropping off cookies to our Officers today.

Mark your calendars and please join us in honoring our fallen heroes on Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 10:00am on the front steps of the Indian River County Courthouse, 2000 16th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Congratulations to Beachland Elementary Fifth Grade DARE Graduates!! What a great group of kids, which Ofc. Slattery had a blast teaching! They learned a lot, had some fun, and gained confidence in themselves and the choices they make. Thank you, Beachland, for allowing VBPD to be a part of these kids' lives!

***UPDATE: HE HAS BEEN LOCATED *** **********BOLO MISSING MALE WITH ALZHEIMERS********** From the area of 25th Ave & 16th St. Vero Beach Police Dept. is BOLOing for a white male, named Jennings Humphrey. Height: 5'08" Weight: 150 Grey Hair & White Beard, mid-length Blue Eyes. Update Description: Missing all top teeth, 2 bottom teeth. Scar on left arm, wears glasses. Frequents the following locations: Walmart, area of 26th St/52nd Ave, Dollar Store @ Oslo/27th Ave, 1800 37th St. Last seen wearing White T-Shirt, Light colored carpenter jeans and black tennis shoes. If located, please contact us at 978-4600

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Indian River Blvd and the Merrill Barber bridge are ALL CLEAR.

TRAFFIC ALERT The Westbound Merrill Barber bridge is CLOSED due to traffic accident. Drivers are being diverted from Indian River Blvd South at 37th St , and Royal Palm Blvd for IRB Northbound. Use US1 for detour, 17th St bridge.

The Vero Beach Police Department would like to thank Nurse on Call and Palm Garden Vero Beach for a great lunch today from the Buenos Nachos, Burrito Bowls & Tacos Food Truck.

Today is the first day you can file your taxes with the IRS for your return....this also means that it is the same time that fraudsters can start filing fraudulent returns! IRS's recommendation for the best defense is that you file as quickly as possible. With the Equifax breach last year, where your SSN was probably compromised, so file as quickly as you can. One tip, from Bankrate (, is that you do not have to wait to receive 1099 forms and attach them to your return. If you know the amounts, you can go a head and file. If you file electronically, and your submission is REJECTED by the IRS you might be a victim. The IRS states you should submit a Form 14039 ( and you still need to pay and file your taxes, by paper.

In anticipation of multiple community events along with National Night Out in Oct. 2018, the Vero Beach Police Department, in partnership with Varsity Sports Unlimited, is bringing back its "Back the Blue" campaign! As in 2016 and 2017, we will have a limited number of T-shirts with "Back the Blue" and VBPD Logo available for our community to show their support of our local law enforcement. These FREE shirts will be distributed at several upcoming community events. however, this campaign would not be possible without support of our community and local businesses. Varsity Sports Unlimited will be helping VBPD raise money and obtain sponsorships for this campaign. Should you get a call from Varsity Sports Unlimited please do not be alarmed as they are acting on behalf of your police department. We thank you all for your participation in this campaign!

Be advised that a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from 1 am to 10 am EST Thursday January 18, 2018... very cold wind chills are expected due to a combination of cold temperatures and northwest winds remaining at or a little above 10 mph. Expect wind chills to drop into the lower 30s around or shortly after midnight, and reach values in the middle 20s to around 30 degrees by sunrise Thursday. * Where... Brevard, Osceola, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Protect yourself. Stay indoors, with a safe heating choice as much as possible. Make sure you dress appropriately for the cold weather, including a coat, a hat, and gloves. Remember to protect your pets. Keep pets indoors as much as possible during cold weather. Pets that must be left outside should have an enclosed shelter facing away from the wind. Florida's furry pets are less tolerant to the cold, because their undercoats are thinner than dogs or cats that spend more time in the cold. Also protect your plants. Temperatures below 32 degrees can easily kill plants that are not use to the cold weather. Bring them indoors or cover them with a tarp, sheets, or blankets.