Daytona Beach Biased Policing Complaints

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Office of Professional Standards Oversight

In the 2022 calendar year, the Office of Professional Standards in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, FL, received a total of 8 complaints regarding biased policing. These complaints encompassed issues related to profiling, racial and sexual discrimination, and harassment during various police engagements such as traffic stops, subject stops, and responding to calls for service.

Details of Complaints

Upon thorough review by the Office of Professional Standards, it was determined that 2 complaints stemmed from traffic stops, while the remaining 4 were associated with other forms of police contact. Out of the 8 complaints, 1 resulted in issuing a traffic citation, and 3 led to the arrest of individuals. However, it is crucial to note that no departmental policy violation was found in any investigated cases.

Complainant Concerns

The complainants believed that officers had no valid reason to initiate contact with them or that they were mistakenly stopped. Nevertheless, after careful examination, it was confirmed that all interactions between officers and subjects adhered to proper traffic stop procedures and were justified by sufficient reasons for the contact made.

Traffic Citations and Enforcement Data

Throughout the same year, a total of 2,066 traffic citations were issued, indicating the department’s commitment to traffic enforcement. This figure represents a decrease when compared to the 5,029 traffic citations issued in the previous year (2021).

Annual Revie Policy Compliance

The Office of Professional Standards conducted an extensive annual review focused on agency practices involving bias profiling. The review encompassed areas such as forfeitures and seizures. Importantly, the review confirmed that the department’s policies align with the standards set forth by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.), and Florida State Statute regulations. No deficiencies were identified during this comprehensive review process.

The Statistics

Race/Gender Field Contacts Traffic Stops Traffic Warnings
Asian Male 2 9 0
Black Female 23 75 1
Black Male 118 89 1
Hispanic Female 2 13 1
Hispanic Male 14 14 0
Unknown Male 1 0 0
Unknown Race/Gender 3 106 0
White Female 83 79 2
White Male 209 135 3
Asian Female 0 3 0
Indian Female 0 1 0

The table provides a detailed breakdown of interactions categorized as “Field Contacts,” “Traffic Stops,” and “Traffic Warnings” by the Daytona Beach Police Department from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022. The table provides insights into the interactions of the police department with various racial and gender groups, allowing for a comparative analysis of the department’s activities over the year 2022.

  1. Race/Gender: This column lists the different racial and gender groups involved in the interactions.
  2. Field Contacts: This column provides the number of field contacts for each racial and gender group.
  3. Traffic Stops: This column indicates each group’s traffic stops.
  4. Traffic Warnings: This column shows the number of traffic warnings issued to each group.
This bar graph illustrates the distribution of field contacts made by the Daytona Beach Police Department in 2022, categorized by race and gender.

Field Contacts by Race/Gender:

Description: This bar graph illustrates the distribution of field contacts made by the Daytona Beach Police Department in 2022, categorized by race and gender.

Key Observations:

  • White Males had the highest number of field contacts at 209.
  • Black Males followed closely with 118 field contacts.
  • Asian Males, Hispanic Females, and Unknown Males had the fewest field contacts, each with numbers less than or equal to 2.
This graph displays the distribution of traffic stops conducted by the Daytona Beach Police Department in 2022, broken down by race and gender.

Traffic Stops by Race/Gender:

This graph displays the distribution of traffic stops conducted by the Daytona Beach Police Department in 2022, broken down by race and gender.

  1. Key Observations:
    • White Males again lead with the highest number of traffic stops at 135.
    • Unknown Race/Gender had a notably high number of traffic stops at 106.
    • Black Males and Black Females also had significant numbers of stops, with 89 and 75, respectively.
    • Indian Females had the least number of stops, with just 1 recorded.
his bar graph showcases the distribution of traffic warnings issued by the Daytona Beach Police Department in 2022, segmented by race and gender

Description: This bar graph showcases the distribution of traffic warnings issued by the Daytona Beach Police Department in 2022, segmented by race and gender.

Key Observations:

  • White Males received the highest number of traffic warnings at 3.
  • Black FemalesBlack Males, and Hispanic Females each received 1 warning.
  • Several groups, including Asian MalesHispanic Males, and Asian Females, received no traffic warnings.

Key Data Points:

  • Asian Males had 2 field contacts, 9 traffic stops, and no traffic warnings.
  • Black Females had 23 field contacts, 75 traffic stops, and 1 traffic warning.
  • Black Males had the highest number of field contacts, 118, with 89 traffic stops and 1 traffic warning.
  • White Males had the highest number of traffic stops at 135, with 209 field contacts and 3 traffic warnings.
  • The category Unknown Race/Gender had 3 field contacts, and a notably high number of traffic stops at 106, but no traffic warnings.

Source File: DBPD Biased Policing Report