Chief Dennis “Denny” Jones has served in numerous roles throughout his career in law enforcement, beginning in 1978 as a Police Officer with the Daytona Beach Police Department, and later assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division as a detective working in the Burglary, Robbery and Homicide Units. While assigned to the Office of Special Investigations, his duties included working vice and narcotics, organized crime and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.
Chief Jones served as a patrol shift supervisor as well as the unit supervisor for the agency’s Office of Professional Standards, including Internal Affairs and accreditation. Eventually, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander for both Criminal Investigations and Support Services, before being promoted to Police Commander in 2002.
As the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division for the Daytona Beach Police Department, he supervised all aspects of major case investigations, narcotics, crime scene techs, victim advocates, and the Special Response Team. An Additional responsibility was serving as the Tactical Unit Commander for Special Events, including The Daytona 500, Motorcycle Week, Spring Break, and numerous VIP dignitary protection details.
In November of 2002, appointed as the Chief of Police for the Daytona Beach Police Department and retired in April 2006.
In May 2007, after a national search, Chief Jones was selected to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Tallahassee, retiring in October 2013.
Chief Jones is a graduate of Penn State University and the 223rd Session of the F.B.I. National Academy.
Chief Jones served as a Policy Board Member for the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute in 2008 and is a graduate of both the FCJEI’s Senior Leadership Program and Chief Executive Seminar. December 2010, He was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist as a Commissioner to the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
Chief Jones has been a member of the Florida Police Chief’s Association since 2002, and served as the District 3 Director, co-chair and member of the Legislative Committee and was FPCA’s President 2012-2013 and currently serves as a trustee on the Florida Police Chiefs Education and Research Foundation. He also serves as a subject matter expert for the STARS program.
Besides being a Life member of the FPCA, Chief Jones is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the FBI National Academy Associates. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services.
Chief Jones is a Vietnam Veteran, who served in the U. S. Navy (1971-1975) and is a Life member of the VFW.
With nearly 35 years of law enforcement training and experience, Chief Jones committed his professional life to public service and to protecting the people he served.
Chief Jones enjoys spending family time with his wife Cindy, and their daughters Heather, and Shannon, and special moments with their grandchildren. He is also known to cheer for sports teams from Pennsylvania, even after living in Florida for over 40 years!