Sunday: Headline Surfer podcast premiere with Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri on Hurricane Irma & aftermath

Headline Surfer photo illustration / Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri answers the tough questions on his leadership and handling of Hurricane Irma.
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DAYTONA BEACH -- Hurricane Irma may have been the ultimate litmus test for first-year Police Chief Craig Capri, whose street smarts as a former longtime cop on the beat and brains in mapping out a strategic game plan in tackling the massive storm whose impact is still being felt now five days later. 

Capri, 50, on the job as chief since November after 26 years of climbing the ranks, speaks candidly with Headline Surfer in a 20-minute premiere podcast, the latest multimedia tool that the award-winning internet news site has added to is digital platform. The interview was done at Daytona Beach PD headquarters Thursday where it was Capri, his hand-held police radio on the table and the Headline Surfer journalist with recording device seated across from him in a small conference room near his office. 

There were no press releases, no PIOs, no talking points, no rehearsing. There was no time for PR marketing, which isn't Capri's style any way. He answered every question directly and without hesitation as to what it was like at the height of Irma's might, where the hot spots were and how he coordinated it all. Capri's responses to the good, the bad and the ugly demonstrates his coming of age as a true law enforcement leader, whose love for his wife and children, his beloved tourism-driven city where he's rebuilt morale among his 200-plus cops and made inroads in reversing the violence that has gripped Daytona for the past several years.

Capri's down-home approach to policing, especially in a crisis situation like a major hurricane, comes across in the podcast. 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.