John Mina

Who I Am

Ensuring the safety of the residents and visitors of Orange County has been my life’s work. I have spent more than 27 years as a law enforcement officer with the Orlando Police Department, the largest municipal agency in Orange County. For more than 20 years, I have held command or supervisor posts in that agency, and was appointed Chief of Police in 2014. I am so proud to have served as the Chief for more than four years and consider the 1,000 sworn and civilian OPD personnel and 100 volunteers my extended family.

Prior to entering law enforcement, I proudly served my country as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer.  My wife Tracie and I have been married for 25 years and have two sons, Chase, 23, and Nicholas, 21.

What I Stand For

As Chief of OPD, I have shown proven leadership in crisis situations. Community engagement, trust and transparency have been the hallmarks of my tenure as Chief of OPD. I have become a trusted face of law enforcement in Central Florida, and during my time as Chief, crime has decreased, use of force at OPD is down significantly, and officer accountability is the standard.

In the four years I have been Chief, crime has been reduced by 6%. Under my leadership, OPD became the first agency in Florida to participate in the Police Data Initiative, and through the City of Orlando’s Open Data portal, crime statistics and information about officer involved shootings are available online. We have also implemented body worn cameras for all first responders.

I am a fiscal conservative who oversees a $146 million annual budget and believes law enforcement agencies can run efficiently. But I have always fought to ensure that OPD’s officers have the very best training and equipment available. I have testified before Congress about the need to bolster counterterrorism funding for Central Florida. And in the wake of terrorist attacks, lone wolf attacks, and ambushes on law enforcement throughout our nation, I have outfitted all OPD first responders with additional body armor and Kevlar helmets for greater protection in active shooter situations

Why I'm Running

When it comes to leading the largest law enforcement agency in Orange County, experience matters. After more than 27 years with the Orlando Police Department, I still have a strong desire to serve. I have been a resident of Orange County since 1990 and care deeply about keeping this community safe. This is my home. As OPD Chief, and in the leadership roles I’ve held throughout my career in law enforcement, I’ve proven my ability to effect positive change, both in department policy and in building relationships throughout my community.

I know that together, we can build on the solid foundation already in place at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and make our community an even better and safer place to live, work and visit. As your Sheriff, I would bring experience, leadership, and some of the great initiatives, community engagement efforts and crime fighting measures that have been so successful in the City of Orlando to all of Orange County.

What I've Accomplished

Instituted Body Worn Cameras to more than 500 first responders

Overhauled IRIS Camera System – 99% of surveillance cameras are operational. 185 of 187

Added 30 new officers

Secured $5.4 million in grant funding for new personnel, equipment, overtime for enforcement operations, and training.

Reduced crime by 6%

Issued Narcan to all officers to address Opioid crisis

Juvenile arrests decreased by 16% because of our use of Juvenile Civil Citations in low level offenses

Created an LGBTQ police liaison

First department in Florida to join the White House Police Data Initiative that tracks officer involved shootings, use of force, hate crimes, calls for service posted on line. The Orlando Police Department is one of only a handful of the 78,000 police departments in the U.S. to publish officer involved shooting data on their website. 

Department has seen a reduction in crime, use of force, officer involved shootings, complaints on officers

After some high profile police use of force cases, I implemented the following training:

  • Dealing with handcuffed prisoners
  • De-escalation and assessment during resistance
  • Alternatives to arrest in certain situations
  • Fair and Impartial Policing Training
  • Ethics/Civil Rights refresher conducted by the FBI
  • Emphasis on de-escalation and crisis intervention training
  • Purchased training simulator for shoot/don’t shoot decision making training
  • As a result use of force has decreased by 30%

Community engagement is an important part of creating trust within the community. Here are a few programs the Orlando Police Department participates in:

  • Coffee with a Cop
  • Police/Teen Forums
  • Dueling Dragons mentoring program 
  • Operation Positive Direction mentoring program
  • Ballin’ after Dark
  • Orlando Speaks 
  • Community Forums/ Town Halls

Actively Striving for Improvement

Community Board of Directors

  • Heart of Florida United Way
  • Crimeline
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police Board of Directors
  • Operation American Dream
  • Mission United

Association Memberships

  • Central Florida Criminal Justice Association
  • Major Cities Chiefs Association
  • Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force
  • Florida SWAT Association
  • FBI National Academy Associates
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