Office of the Chief

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Chief Daniel W. Slaughter

A graduate of Largo High School and the University of South Florida, Chief Daniel Slaughter began his career with the Clearwater Police Department in October 1992. Promoted to Sergeant in 2000, Chief Slaughter served in a variety of assignments, including the department’s Accreditation Manager, successfully gaining reaccreditation status for the department in June 2007.

In 2009, Chief Slaughter was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to command the Special Operations Section. As part of that assignment, he managed the public safety planning related to special events within the city of Clearwater that included the Ironman event, filming of the first Dolphin Tale movie, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Fun ‘n Sun concerts and the Clearwater Celebrates America July 4th fireworks event.

In 2012, he was promoted to Major and assigned to the Patrol Division, responsible for the deployment and management of the 24-hour uniform operations and the budget for the department’s largest division. On August 7, 2014, Daniel Slaughter was sworn in as the Clearwater Police Department’s 13th Chief of Police, commanding the third largest law enforcement agency in Pinellas County.

Chief Slaughter serves as an active board member for Clearwater for Youth and Directions for Living. He is also a board member and past president for the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association which includes over 100 law enforcement executives, commanders and public safety professionals from 46 law enforcement entities in nine Florida counties.

“The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action dealing with it.” – Sir Robert Peel, Principle 9

Deputy Chief Eric Gandy
Eric Gandy
Deputy Chief

Major David Dalton
Support Services Division

Major Brian McAuley
Patrol Division

Major William Valveri
Criminal Investigations Division

The overall administration and leadership of the department is the responsibility of the office of the chief of police. Support staff assigned to this office are also responsible for news media liaison and public safety grants management. The deputy chief commands the Communications Division, Criminal Investigations and Public Safety Grants Coordinator Divisions of the department. The Office of Professional Standards, Patrol, and Support Services are under the command of the chief of police.

The mission of the Clearwater Police Department is to consistently provide effective, professional and dependable law enforcement services to every citizen, visitor and business within the city of Clearwater. 

Clearwater officers embrace a “preservation-of-all-life” philosophy, and practice a community policing approach that is customer-service centric. Clearwater officers make our community better by preventing crime and effectively responding to crime. They are trained to be “community champions” who engage our citizens, solve problems and improve the quality of life in Clearwater.

The Clearwater Police Department is organizationally structured into three divisions – Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Support Services. The Office of Professional Standards reports to the Office of the Chief and is responsible for the overall quality control of the police department.

The strategic plan of the police department adopts a precision policing approach that focuses efforts on:

Tackling Crime
Training/Employee Wellness
Traffic Safety 

We at the Clearwater Police Department are honored to serve Bright and Beautiful Clearwater, from Bay to Beach!

Police Headquarters

645 Pierce St.
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 562-4343 (office)
(727)-562-4333 (media)