Delray Police Department

  • Agency: Delray Police Department
  • Address: 300 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 33444 FL
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Phone: (561) 243-7800
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Delray Police Department is located at 300 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 33444 FL. The Delray Police Department phone number is (561) 243-7800.

Delray Police Department News

"Why did the police officer go to the softball game? Someone stole second base!" Thanks to Delray Beach Fire Rescue for a great day of softball at the annual Guns-n-Hoses game hosted by Delray Citizens for Delray Police. Fire edged PD 11-6, but we are already counting the days until next year's game. #LEADtheWay!

It’s time to start planning for Heroes & Helpers, and Daniel Herbert is starting us off with a BANG! Mr. Herbert donated $3,000 today to help pay for the third annual event, which is done in partnership with Target and the Delray Citizens for Delray Police and Kids-n-Cops program. Each year, our city’s neediest children are each paired with an officer or firefighter mentor for a day of holiday shopping and fun at Target. Each child is given a gift card to buy gifts for family members and themselves. As volunteers wrap the gifts, the children do holiday crafts with the first responders. They take photos with Santa Claus and are given holiday meals to take home to their families. This year, we hope to include 130 children in the Dec. 1 event, and Mr. Herbert’s generous donation will definitely help. To donate to a Delray Citizens for Delray Police Kids-n-Cops event such as Heroes & Helpers or DBPD’s annual Holiday Toy Drive, contact Det. Adrian Rackauskas at rackausk@mydelraybeach.com Thank you, Daniel Herbert! You #LEADtheWay #happykidshappycity #kidsncops

Do you know what month it is? It’s NO-Shave November! This hairy havoc is for a great cause: cancer research. DBPD officers who choose to participate are allowed to donate to one of three charities for the rare chance to put their razors in a drawer for a month. So if you see our guys looking shaggy, know that their hearts are even bigger than their beards. For more information about the charities they are supporting, visit the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. #LEADtheWay #NoShaveNovember

The PD was filled with Halloween spirit and Halloween candy today. We had baby chicks, pirates, Egyptian princesses, ninjas and dinosaurs roaming our hallways. We hope all of our friends have a Safe and Happy Halloween too! #LEADtheWay #HappyHalloween

Have a happy and safe Halloween celebration on behalf of the Delray Beach Police Department. Thank you to the DBPD Crime Scene Unit for the BlueStar demo. You #LEADtheWay! #Halloween2018 #safehalloween #HappyHalloween

Happy Halloween, Delray Beach! 🎃 Remember to drive carefully tonight and watch for trick-or-treaters. 👻👻👻

Dogs of all breeds and sizes roamed the courtyard of the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach waiting happily to be blessed Sunday during the church's Blessing of the Pets service. Among the pets in line where DBPD canines Axel, Ike and Ghost, who stood obediently next to their respective police handlers as they received their blessing. Offerings for this service went towards the Deacon's Scholarship Fund. We thank the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach for their invitation. #LEADtheWay #BlessingofthePets

DBPD Service Population Advocate Ariana Ciancio was recognized Friday by the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition as a Coalition Champion for demonstrating outstanding service and leadership in strengthening our children, families and communities to live alcohol and drug free. Hired as a civilian employee about 15 months ago, Ariana assists the homeless and those with mental health or substance abuse issues in Delray Beach. She has helped more than 300 people by connecting them with treatment, housing and other resources. She definitely does #LEADtheWay!

DBPD Asst. Chief Javaro Sims, Lts. Dave Weatherspoon and Darrell Hunter and Sgt. Terance Scott had a great time Thursday participating in the 2018 Read for the Record Campaign at S.D. Spady Elementary Montessori School and at the Village Academy. They joined millions of people nationwide in reading Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabal Campoy. This early childhood literacy initiative was hosted by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County and they participated on behalf of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement. The School District of Palm Beach County

Kudos to the newly-formed Gun Violence Team, which hit the ground running last week after a traffic stop yielded guns and drugs. Officers found a loaded Ruger LCP with an extended magazine in the driver side door pocket of a Volkswagen and a loaded Taurus G2C 9mm handgun with an extended magazine in the glove box. Officers also found synthetic marijuana oil and 17 grams of marijuana in the car. The driver, 21-year-old Jonathan Britt of Lake Worth, was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm during a felony, possession of marijuana and possession of synthetic cannabinoids. Great job, DBPD Gun Violence Team! #LEADtheWay

DBPD’s SWAT Team served a search warrant this afternoon at a house on Southwest 12th Avenue that resulted in the arrest of two men for selling drugs out of the house, which is right next to a church. Problem-oriented policing (POP) team officers confiscated marijuana already packaged for sale, crack cocaine, illegal prescription drugs and a scale with cocaine residue. They also requested that Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control remove a dog that was inside the house. Jessie Moore, 40, and Roderick Hardenson, 46, were taken into custody and face charges of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a church. Police are looking for a third man, Dwight Moore, 45, who is wanted on felony charges. Great work, POP and SWAT teams! You #LEADtheWay!

Don't forget the big DBPD-DBFR softball rematch going down at 10 a.m. Nov. 3! Will Delray Beach Fire Rescue claim the trophy, or will it stay at DBPD for another year? Thanks to Delray Citizens For Delray Police for hosting the game. Join us for a fun, family day at Field 3 and cheer for your favorite team. #LEADtheWay

We had a great time meeting everyone at the Barwick Road Church Fall Fest! 🍁

Steven Hart, the son of two very proud DBPD employees, is keeping the law enforcement tradition alive in his family with his graduation this week from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission law enforcement academy. And he took home the Top Firearms award to boot! Congratulations to Detective Joe, administrative assistant Regina, and the entire Hart family. We wish Steven a long, happy career. MyFWC

If you missed our Community Conversation last night, it was an empowering community dialogue about how to make our city safer. We heard community stakeholders talk about their personal experiences and their passion for a safer, more cohesive community. Out of respect for everyone’s time, there were a few questions from attendees we didn’t get to. Question: What are you doing to build a better relationship with the community and to keep those relationships in good standing? If you are regular visitors to our social media pages, you know the easier question would be what AREN’T we doing? DBPD officers are immersed in the community. They are coaching and supporting youth sports, working with teachers in classrooms in all grades, presenting Safety Patrol awards, organizing an annual baseball camp and the Explorer program, not to mention creating and running the pride of the department, the Criminal Justice Academy at Atlantic Community High. We take part in multiple community events each week, from church gatherings and festivals to school field days and neighborhood parties and Public Safety Open Houses with DBFR. The department hosts and organizes National Night Out each year, and we give away hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies, turkey dinners at Thanksgiving and organize a colossal toy giveaway with Delray Citizens for Delray Police that provides toys to hundreds of needy families during the holidays. We could go on, but you get the idea… What is your strategy to put more police officers of color on the force? Our goal to have a diverse organization is reflected in our statistics. Currently, 32 percent of our officers are minorities, and we will continue to recruit and hire the most qualified candidates. When you talk about “See Something, Say Something,” what information should trigger a report from a citizen? Because we cannot be all places, all times, officers rely on Delray Beach residents to be our eyes and ears on the street. You should contact the police any time that you feel unsafe, if you see something or someone suspicious, or when you know or suspect that someone is about to commit a criminal act. Even if you are not the only witness to a crime, or are unsure of what you saw, please let us know. Remember, we are dependent on you and your cooperation in the fight against crime. Keep you eye on our social media pages for our next community event. Stay safe, Delray Beach!

Thanks to Miranda Christian at WPTV for some insight into a new way DBPD is tackling gun violence.

The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Lonnetris Durham, 22, of Delray Beach on a DBPD warrant just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Durham was taken into custody without incident at the home of a relative on Southwest 13th Avenue. DBPD detectives say Durham shot into a moving vehicle on Oct. 8, hitting the driver in the shoulder and causing the car to crash, which slightly injured a baby in the backseat. DBPD officers arrested his accomplice, Jashuan Demetrius Harper, last week for his role in the shooting. Detectives believe Harper was driving a stolen Jetta from which Durham fired shots with what a witness described as "a military-style assault weapon." Durham faces charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm in public.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this morning at the DBPD quarterly Awards Ceremony. We welcomed seven new officers to the DBPD family, honored sworn and civilian employees for excelling at their jobs, members of the community for stepping forward to lend a hand and volunteers who selflessly give their time to make our city a better place. How much time, you ask? There were five volunteers recognized for donating more than 4,000 hours. They definitely #LEADtheWay!

We had a GREAT time meeting everyone who joined us at the Public Safety Open House this weekend. We watched Delray Beach Fire Rescue's award-winning extrication team dismantle a car, a DBPD motorman navigate his 1,000-pound motorcycle through an obstacle course and firefighters repel from a ladder truck, not to mention everything we learned about CPR, fire safety and the SWAT team. And there were snow cones and bounce houses and an obstacle course and popcorn and hot dogs! What was your favorite part?

Timothy Boykin doesn't hide that he's an ex-con. “I did things. I sold drugs. I played with guns. I went to prison for a murder I had nothing to do with,” he said. At age 50, he has regrets. Prison took him away from his children, whose childhoods passed without him. He sees some of the city’s young criminals, embattled in an insidious feud between two factions, and he not only sees his younger self, he is taking some of the blame. He spent years flashing jewelry, fancy clothes and expensive cars, and he realizes now, the next generation soaked it all in. “A lot of this is our fault. We made it look good, and at the end of the day, a lot of these kids are doing this because of what we did,” he said. “It didn’t work for us, and it’s not going to work for them.” So he’s calling on other former criminals, the families of active criminals and local churches to stand together against gun violence. Boykin has organized Vision of Peace in Delray, a march and candlelight vigil for those lost to gun violence, on Tuesday. “I lost a lot of friends on the streets of Delray Beach,” Boykin said. “I want to tell these kids we care about them. We are not giving up on them.” The march will start at 6 at Pompey Park and go through the north section of the city before returning to Pompey Park for the vigil at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue does a Live Fire demo about the importance of fire sprinkler systems at our quarterly Public Safety Open House. It is not too late to join us. We have food, music and fun activities for the whole family!