Eustis Police Department

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Under the direction of Chief Craig Capri, the Eustis Police Department provides professional, efficient, and effective law enforcement services within the City of Eustis. With a total of 62 department employees, 41 sworn officers maintain a high level of crime deterrence utilizing highly visible, pro-active patrols and special operations.

Through a community policing philosophy, the department provides people and community-oriented law enforcement services, with excellent community involvement and support. Highly specialized programs and patrols, such as Criminal Investigations Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, SWAT, K-9, Bicycle Patrol program and Communications enhance the level of services provided to the community.

Neighborhood Watch, Citizens Police Academy, and “Coffee with a Cop” are some of the special programs hosted by the department. Crime avoidance and prevention seminars are given throughout the year to businesses, civic groups, and other organizations. Police Department tours, K-9 demonstrations, and other informative presentations are conducted for all elementary schools, as well as to various youth organizations.

Department Head

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Chief Craig Capri

Capri joins the City of Eustis having served the City of Daytona Beach Police Department for 31 years. Over that time, he served as a police officer, detective, Team Member for the Special Response Team, sergeant, lieutenant, SWAT Team Commander, and captain. Capri has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, both from the University of Central Florida.

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On Monday June 20, 2016, the Eustis Police Department began implementing a community relations program titled AC4P which stands for “Actively Caring for People Policing”. The founder of this behavioral science, Dr. E. Scott Geller from Virginia came up with the term, “actively caring” in 1990 while working with a team of safety leaders at Exxon Chemical in Baytown, Texas. Following the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy when an armed gunman took the lives of 32 students and faculty and injured 17 others, the AC4P concept took a new focus.

Actively Caring for People Steps 1 - 4

Dr. Geller and his team of students witnessed students helping others instead of thinking about themselves.Dr. Geller and his students envisioned applying this principle of positive reinforcement and spread the AC4P movement beyond Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.

Dr. Geller and his students took green silicon wristbands, embossed with “Actively Caring for People,” which Dr. Geller had been distributing at safety conferences for two decades, and added a numbering system to enable computer tracking of the AC4P process: See, Act, Pass, and Share (SAPS). The SAPS process asks individuals and groups to look for AC4P behavior (i.e., See) and reward such AC4P behavior with a green wristband (i.e., Act). Wristband recipients are then requested to look for AC4P behavior from others and pass on the wristband (i.e., Pass). People will then be asked to document and share their exchange of AC4P behavior with the Eustis Police Department through our city website or through our social media page. 

In March of 2016, members of the Eustis Police Department attended training for AC4P in Winter Park, FL. The wristbands, ordered in blue will represent our municipality police agency. This program will allow our officers to deliver positive consequences in ways that help cultivate interpersonal trust and actively-caring behavior among police officers and the citizens we serve. You can see more on how the program works by going onto the website.

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