Chief of Police
Chief Nelson began his career in law enforcement
at the Bartow, Florida Police Department in 1992 where he served
as a patrol officer and traffic homicide investigator. Chief
Nelson also served as a Captain with the Live Oak, Florida
Police Department and as an investigator and polygraph examiner
with the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office. In
February 2007 he began his career with the Auburndale Police
Department as the Deputy Chief of
Police. After the untimely death of Chief Nolan
McLeod, Nelson was promoted to Chief of Police on July 16, 2012.
Chief Nelson holds a Bachelor's Degree in
Criminology from St. Leo University, a Master's Degree in Criminology
from Florida State University and is a graduate of the F.B.I
Message from Chief Nelson
you for logging on to the Auburndale Police Department's
website. I am proud of our agency and the quality of services we
strive to provide to our citizens. It gives me great pleasure to
represent the men and women of the Auburndale Police Department.
I have deep respect and admiration for our members, and I am
honored to be serving beside them.
The mission of the Auburndale
Police Department is to provide "Professional Police Service."
We are diligent to ensure that our efforts are directed towards
the successful delivery of these services. We believe that our
level of success is based upon our ability to form partnerships
with those within our communities. Therefore, we encourage you
to contact us and offer suggestions on how we can improve our
The Auburndale Police
Department's website is here to better acquaint you with
our agency, provide a source for valuable information,
and offer a wide range of on-line services for your
Please consider this my
personal invitation for you to stop by and visit. We would
welcome the opportunity to show you around and tell you more
about our agency.