EXCLUSIVE: Daytona Beach PD's New A-Team Set: Top Cop Craig Capri tabs Jakari Young as deputy chief of Volusia County's largest municipal police force

Headline Surfer photo illustration / Craig Capri's got the right-hand he's long ago knew would be right there with im, if and when the opportunity came for the two to run the police force and chart a course for enhancing quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Less than 24 hours after he was sworn into office as Daytona Beach's top cop, Craig Capri moved swifty in selecting 19-year veteran Jakari Young to be his deputy chief.

But Capri, 49, doesn't see Young merely as his No. 2, bur rather as his right-hand man, building on the bond forged longo between the two LEOs.  

For Young, the promotion is just more reinforcement of the confidece, trust amd loyalty he and Capri have built their their friendship and bond as cops.

"I'm just excirted," Young said. "I'm looking forward to the new challenges that come with this promotion."

Capri and the 40-year-old Young comprise the new A-Team in leading the Daytona Beach Police Department, the largest municipal force in Volusia County. The mission is clear between the two, Capri said of the discussions he and Young have had, especially of late with upward movement in the police force finally at hand: Serve and Protect.

"It's what I believe is our core mission and Jakari does, too." Capri added, "That's really what it's all about and why we are in charge of this police force," Capri told Headline Surfer in an exclusive interview announcing Young's promotion. "It's really not about who is No. 1 or No. 2. It's about serving the citizens and the visitors to our city. It's about their protection. Jakari and I have been together along time."

Capri and the 40-year-old Young comprise the new A-Team in leading the Daytona Beach Police Department, the largest municipal force in Volusia County. The mission is clear between the two, Capri said of the discussions he and Young have had, especially of late with upward movement in the police force finally at hand: Serve and Protect.

"It's what I believe is our core mission and Jakari does, too." Capri added, "That's really what it's all about and why we are in charge of this police force," Capri told Headline Surfer in an exclusive interview announcing Young's promotion. "It's really not about who is No. 1 or No. 2. It's about serving the citizens and the visitors to our city. It's about their protection. Jakari and I have been together along time."

And Capri knows that in Young he has a trusted veteran who will have his back and vice versa. That loyaltty was forced 19 years ago when Young was a rookie cop and Capri was then a wryly-vet with eight years of policing under the belt.

Not only is Young one year shy of 20 years on theforce, he's also a brainiac.Yong has been an adjunct instruictor at Daytona State College and received his bachelos in criminal justice from Bethune-Cookman University. And like Capri, he is marrid with three children

What do Capri and Young not have in common? Capri is white and Young is black. And while they are like-minded and shared a mutual respect for each other's dedication to police work, Capri understands and knows his police departtment needs to recruit, hitrre and promote minorities in a city where the African-American population constitutes 32.75 percent of the city's 64,112 residents.

Young is only the second African-American cop to reach the No. 2 post of chief deputy. The last black cop to achieve the second overall position of leadership of the Daytona Beach Police Department was Ben Walton who left the DBPD after six years on the job to executive director of public safety for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Daytona Beach, Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL where he's pursuing an MA in New Media/Journalism (degree in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka Daily News, 2007-'08; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-'04; and cops & courts for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-'96.