Pensacola Police Department

Chief David Alexander III

Chief David Alexander III

Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III was born in Pensacola and graduated from Escambia High School. He was hired by the Pensacola Police Department as a cadet in 1983, promoted to police officer in 1984 and worked until 1989 when he left and was rehired in 1991 as an officer.

Among his assignments have been Uniform Patrol, field training officer and supervisor in Uniform Patrol, Administrative Technical Services, Neighborhood Services, and Criminal Investigations divisions.

He has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Among his community activities are mentoring youths and community outreach.

He became the Pensacola Police Department’s first African-American Chief of Police since the department was formed in 1821 when the City Council approved his appointment on July 16, 2015.

Chief Alexander can be reached by phone at (850) 435–1855 or via email at Dalexander@cityofpensacola.com.

Bias-based Policing

Maintenance of public trust and confidence in the police are critical to effective policing and are achieved largely through fair and equitable treatment of the public. This is a basic requirement of law enforcement and the right of all persons in our society. All persons having contact with members of this department shall be treated in a non-partisan, fair, equitable and objective manner, in accordance with law, and without consideration of their race, color, ethnicity, creed, age, gender, and sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic standing or other individual characteristics or distinctions.

Bias-based policing, also referred to in some instances as (illegal) profiling, refers to a decision by an officer to stop, detain or search an individual based solely on the race, color, ethnicity, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic standing, or individual characteristics or distinctions. The Pensacola Police Department prohibits biased-based policing/ illegal profiling as a law enforcement tactic and will not tolerate or condone its use by any member.

However, criminal profiling is a legitimate law enforcement tool. It is an investigative method by which an officer, through observation of activities and environment, identifies suspicious behavior by individuals and develops a legal basis, consistent with the Fourth Amendment, to detain and question.

Any person may file a complaint with the department if they believe they have been stopped or searched based on illegal profiling/bias-based policing. No person shall be discouraged, intimidated or coerced from filing such a complaint.

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