Orlando Police Officer Justin Mount is a fresh face to the
force. Officer Mount has been a member of the OPD family a little over a year
and has already started making a positive impact on the City Beautiful.
Originally from Lakeland, Florida, Officer Mount never
imagined that he would become a law enforcement officer. After graduating high
school, Officer Mount enrolled at Polk Community College. While Officer Mount
was working towards his Associates Degree, a Lakeland police officer spoke in
his class. The officerís presence, dedication, and ambition stuck with Officer
Mount. After completing his Associates Degree, Officer Mount enrolled in the
Police Academy in Lakeland.
After graduating from the Academy, Officer Mount joined the
Ormond Beach Police Department. While a member of that agency, Officer Mount was
awarded Officer of the Quarter, a Medal of Valor and the Chiefís Award of
Commendation after he apprehended a bank robber and recovered over $86,000 in
addition to his outstanding day-to-day activities.
In April 2006, after three years with the Ormond Beach
Police Department, Officer Mount joined the Orlando Police Department. He joined
the OPD family for many reasons: being in Orlando would bring him closer to his
family in Lakeland; the opportunity for greater career growth; and the
excitement of a bigger city.
Officer Mount was awarded Officer of the Month in May 2007
due to his role in apprehending the criminals responsible for two major crimes.
While patrolling an area of Orange Blossom Trail, Officer Mount attempted to
pull over a stolen vehicle. At first, the driver tried to flee, but changed his
mind and pulled over. After apprehending the career criminal, Officer Mount
located a Glock handgun that had been stolen from Alís Army Store. The recovery
of that stolen gun and the apprehension of the suspect helped break the case.
In response to multiple commercial burglaries and copper
thefts in the Parramore area, Officer Mount was ordered to patrol in an unmarked
vehicle rather than his marked police cruiser. While patrolling in his unmarked
vehicle, Officer Mount witnessed a burglary in progress. A male suspect was in
the process of taking copper wire from the building until Officer Mount
When not enhancing the safety of the City Beautiful,
Officer Mount enjoys practicing mixed martial arts. Through practice and hard
work, Officer Mount has earned a blue belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. In September,
Officer Mount traveled to Kentucky to participate in a tournament in which he
defeated his opponent in the first round.
Even after four years of work in law enforcement, his
mother worries and his brothers tease. Yet Officer Mount is relentless in his
dedication to protecting the citizens of Orlando and serving as a positive role
model to area kids. Officer Mount patrols the Parramore Heritage neighborhood of
Orlando during the night shift. The shift, which starts at 6pm allows him a
little bit of time in the evenings to play basketball with neighborhood kids.
Officer Mount has also been known to accept the challenge of a friendly
foot-race. He believes that everyone wins when young people have positive
interactions with law enforcement officers.
Officer Mount is a strong believer in mutual respect
between citizens and officers. One of his greatest frustrations is repeat
offenders. At times, it feels as though he is arresting the same people for the
same crimes week after week.
In the future, Officer Mount wants to continue his
education by earning a Bachelorís Degree in Criminal Justice at the University
of Central Florida. He also hopes to positively influence lives through his
work. Eventually, Officer Mount would like to work in an undercover capacity or
with the K-9 Unit. Whatever his future brings, Officer Justin Mount is an
outstanding addition to the Orlando Police Department and the Orlando community.