Welcome to the Apopka Police Department

Chief Mike McKinley2

Police Chief Michael McKinley

About the Department

The Apopka Police Department is proud to serve our community with a professional law enforcement team of 150 sworn officers and civilian staff. We strive to have proactive communication with community leaders and cooperative partnership with neighborhoods that help reduce crime and improv the quality of life. 

Such techniques of combining the working relationship with the community and promoting a hard line on criminal activity are long established and recognized methods of police work. To ensure quality in policing, the Chief of Police oversees several sections within the agency, each having a unique fingerprint on providing services. The major sections include Communications, Patrol, Canine, Code Enforcement, School Resource Officers, Criminal Investigations, Community Affairs, Operational Support, and Administrative Support.

About Police Chief Michael McKinley

Michael L. McKinley (Mike) joined the Apopka Police Department on Aug. 31, 2016, bringing three decades of law enforcement experience to a city he is proud to call home.

Mike is a lifelong resident of Orange County. He attended the University of Central Florida, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Mike joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

In his thirty-one plus years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Mike worked his way up through the ranks to eventually become Chief Deputy. During his tenure with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office he served in the Uniform Patrol Division, Special Investigations Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and the Human Resources Division as the Labor Relations Manager. He was also instrumental in helping develop a data integration program that links disparate law enforcement records management systems and enables law enforcement agencies to share information related to pawned property, persons of interest, and suspect vehicle information.

As Chief Deputy, Mike commanded the Administrative Services Bureau where he managed the day to day operations of the Human Resources, Court Services/Communications, and Support Services Divisions as well as Media Relations and Technical Projects. Prior to becomming Apopka Police Chief, he was responsible for the day to day management of the Sheriff’s Office’s Operational Services Bureau, which is comprised of the Uniform Patrol Division, Special Operations Division, Criminal Investigations Division and the High Risk Incident Command.

In 2002, Mike earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. He is a graduate of the 254th Session of the FBI National Academy, as well as the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course.

Mike has served on the Board of Directors for the Victim Service Center and CRIMELINE.

Mike is married and has four sons. He currently resides in Apopka and is a very active member of the community. He volunteers his time mentoring the youth in Apopka, coaching baseball and soccer.