The police chief in Windermere, FL was arrested on Wednesday, January 12, 2011. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Daniel Saylor will face charges of giving unlawful compensation for official behavior, which is a second-degree felony, and official misconduct, a third-degree felony.
Daniel Saylor arrest report: Part 1 | Part 2 (pdf)
Chief Saylor offered incentives to members of his department to encourage them to provide untruthful testimony and to destroy material evidence alleged Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They claimed that as far as 2000, and after his appointment as chief in 2002, Saylor helped to cover up a case of rape on a girl who was not even 12 years old.
Agents said the crime was committed by Scott Bush, who is a friend of Saylor's. Reports of those cases were disrupted by the chief of police. Detectives said Saylor suggested Officer Irving Murr, who was the officer probing the rape, time off with pay, a promotion and a reassignment from the night shift to the day shift in exchange for covering up the case.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings appointed a captain to serve as a temporary police chief in Windermere at the request of the mayor and town manager. The town of Windermere hired Daniel Saylor, although he had a law enforcement history with negative reviews and a variety of suspensions and reprimands. Only one of Saylor's Performance Evaluations appears in his personnel file since he became chief. It was an average one in which he met "operational standard" in seven of 10 factors. The sole review, dated Oct. 3, 2008, mentions a series of shortcomings in Saylor's job performance. Town leaders hired Daniel Saylor knowing he came with baggage. The town's leaders hired Saylor any way. Chief Saylor's Disciplinary Records is a public record. Records show reprimands from the Melbourne Police Department dating back to 1991. He was suspended for lying to Melbourne police supervisors in 1994. The following year, he was given an unsatisfactory review for professional behavior. Then, three months later, Saylor was suspended for 160 hours without pay and put on probation for a year for lying during an internal investigation. In that one year suspension, Orlando police accused Saylor of soliciting a prostitute. Police pulled him over on Parramore Avenue, Orlando. The incident report stated: Saylor first claimed to be giving the woman a ride, then admitted he had been at a strip club and employees told him where he could go to pay for sex. No charges were ever filed in the prostitution case.
Windermere is a town in Orange County, Florida. Windermere was established in 1889 and was chartered in 1925. It was the residence of many professional athletes. The most recent Tiger Woods "incident" Windermere has become well known. Nevertheless, many celebrities such as Woods actually live in the Isleworth gated community/subdivision which is outside the town limits of Windermere, but uses the Windermere mailing address. Windermere is home to former Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Wells and retired General Jay Garner. Justice Wells was Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court during the Bush v. Gore contested election. General Garner was the first American leader of Iraq after the Iraq War.
Windermere police Chief Daniel Saylor is released from jail on bond after being accused of trying to cover up a child rape case against a friend. Saylor appeared in court where a judge set the police chief's bond at $5,150. His friend Scott Bush who raped the child younger than 12 year old was denied bail. Bush, 50, is a self-employed landscaper. The investigation against him involves alleged abuse from 2000 to 2003. The Florida Department of Children and Families removed children from Bush's home in 2003, and again in 2009