LEESBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT
BIAS - FREE POLICING
Robert W. Hicks
Chief of Police
What is Biased Policing
Biased Policing is the inappropriate consideration of specified characteristics while enforcing the law or providing police services. Specified characteristics include, but are not limited to, race, ethnic background, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, political status or any other legally protected characteristics.
To our Residents, Business Owners, Commuters and Visitors
We are here to protect and serve the community. While performing their duties, law enforcement officers utilizes skills developed through training and experience, allowing them to observe and identify suspicious activity, suspicious circumstances, unusual occurrences, and violations of the law. Officers, based upon knowledge, training and experience, make contact with people who are violating the law, in places that raise suspicion or acting in a manner that make the officer believe the person is committing, is about to commit or has committed a violation of the law. Officers' actions are based upon their observations made, circumstances related to the event observed and their knowledge, training and experience. This proactive approach aids officers in the detection of crime, apprehension of criminals, maintenance of safe streets and highways, and protection of our citizens and community from criminal activity.
“To Protect and Serve with Integrity, Courage, Compassion and Intelligence.”
The Leesburg Police Department exists to protect and serve its citizens. The Department is committed to work in partnership with all citizens for the mutual purpose of promoting safe streets and neighborhoods, reducing the fear of crime and improving the overall quality of life within the community.
Our Department Values
- Display honesty, integrity and sincerity in personal conduct and interpersonal interactions with members of the community
- Obey, honor and defend the laws of the State of Florida and the United States Constitution.
- Accept full responsibility and accountability for our actions.
- Do our best, no matter the complexity or simplicity of the task.
- Treat people with mutual respect and dignity.
- Have empathy and compassion for others.
- Use sound, innovative problem-solving techniques.
- Both educate and learn from our community, working together to accomplish common goals and objectives.
We Want To Do the Right Thing
Members of the Leesburg Police Department are prohibited from Biased Policing. Biased Policing and discriminatory enforcement practices can alienate our citizens, foster distrust of police in the community, invite media scrutiny, legislative action, judicial intervention and potentially lead to allegations of Constitutional and Civil Rights violations. As members of the Department perform their duties, it is imperative they afford all members of the community the Constitutional and fundamental right to equal protection under the law. Members of the Department provide police services in a non-discriminatory manner while proactively patrolling areas of the city to: detect suspicious people, vehicles and activity; enforce all laws, including traffic laws; and perform stops, detentions, searches and seizures based upon: reported activity; observations made by the member; and knowledge, training and experience of the Department member. Department member’s duties and actions are not and will not be based upon an individual’s race, ethnic background, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, political status or any other legally protected characteristic.
What do I do if I have been subjected to Biased Policing?
The Leesburg Police Department takes allegations of Biased Policing seriously. Citizens who believe they have been subjected to Biased Policing are encouraged to file a complaint with the Police Department. A complaint can be filed with any supervisor of the Department or the Internal Affairs section. All allegations of Biased Policing will be investigated and the outcomes of the investigation will be provided to the complainant.
Filing a Complaint
Complaints may be filed in person at the Department or by contacting the department by phone, mail or email.
Respond to the Leesburg Police Department, located at 115 East Magnolia Street, Leesburg, Florida, 34748
(352)787-2121 and request to speak to a supervisor.
Leesburg Police Department Attn: Internal Affairs 115 East Magnolia Street Leesburg, Florida, 34748
Place “Internal Affairs” in the subject line.
When filing a compliant by mail or e-mail, please include all facts, to include: date and time of the incident; names of those involved; places or location of the incident; and any witnesses identified. Also include your contact information that a supervisor and/or investigator may contact you for further information and the outcome of the investigation.