An Orlando Police Department Update By Deputy Chief James Young
Hybrid Meeting -July 29, 2021
James “Jim” Young has been working in law enforcement for 30+ years. Upon completing High School, he entered the U.S. Air Force at age 17 and worked in the Security Police field until discharged in 1990 when he joined the City of Pinellas Park Police Department where he served in patrol, criminal investigations, undercover drug unit, gang unit, SWAT and as special assignment in Chief’s staff. In 1996 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in criminology at St. Leo University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
In 1997 he joined the Orlando Police Department. In his first several years was assigned in various sections. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2010, and functioned as a supervisor in Patrol, Mounted Patrol and Media Relations. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In 2018, he was promoted to Captain where he worked as the Commander in East Patrol and the Community Relations Division. He also operated as the agency’s alternate Labor Advisor and the co-chair for the Strategic Planning Committee.
In 2020, Mayor Dyer and Chief Rolón appointed him to the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Young is the Bureau Chief to the Divisions of Special Operations, Airport, and Community Relations.
He is an instructor in several fields and is a subject matter expert in various areas of law enforcement, instructing at OPD and other local agencies, in addition to nationally and internationally. He continues to work closely with the US Department of Justice Community Resource Section on national law enforcement training programs in Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, he assists the International Dignitary Visitor programs through the US State Department.
Young often volunteers with many community organizations and has served on many boards during his career.