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The world of law enforcement is different today.  Taking on the task of serving as Sheriff in the rapidly growing urban environment that characterizes the Orange County of today is light years away from the days of the vast orange groves, pristine, crystal clear lakes, and the quiet bedroom community that was once Orange County.  While many of the traditions, duties, and responsibilities of the Office of Sheriff clearly remain, today the county's top lawman must possess the knowledge and skills of a street smart cop along with those of the savviest chief executive officer sitting at the head of the table in a corporate board room.  Orange County continues to grow and, just as it has in so many other urban areas in the United States, that growth continues to present new issues and challenges on the table of the Sheriff of Orange County.

On November 4, 2008 Sheriff Jerry L. Demings was voted in as Orange County's 28th elected sheriff.   He believes that, to be totally effective, a law enforcement agency has to form close working partnerships, not only with the citizens it serves, but with its schools, churches, all branches of local government, and the local corporate community.  Community Oriented Policing remains one of the cornerstones of his policing philosophy.    

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Excelsior Agency Recognition,
Meritorious Award, and Flagship Award.

“Simply being reaccredited alone by both the state and national agencies displays the Orange County Sheriff's Office commitment to excellence,” said Sheriff Demings. “The Excelsior Award, the Meritorious Award, and the Flagship Award all show that the men and women of this agency exemplify what being among the best of the best is all about.”

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings is pleased to announce that the Orange County Sheriff's Office has been reaccredited by the state and national accrediting organizations.

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, have both recognized the agency for another three years. These reaccreditations come with special commendations, one that has never been given before.

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) not only reacredited the agency, but has also awarded our agency with the first ever “Excelsior Agency” recognition certificate. This award was developed as recognition for state agencies that have attained certain longevity in accreditation and remain committed to a philosophy of excellence. The Excelsior Award recognizes agencies that have had five unconditional assessments, which means successful operations for 15 years running.
The national accrediting agency, The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) also reaccredited the Orange County Sheriff's Office for another three years and has also bestowed two prestigious honors on our agency. The Meritorious Award was presented to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, recognizing 15 years of continuous accreditation. The Flagship Award, also presented to the agency, is given to those with a proven track record of excellence in the accreditation process, and serves to provide other agencies seeking accreditation with examples of “best practices” on how to address compliance, policy development, file maintenance, and other issues relating to the accreditation process.


The Impact of Budget Reductions  

February 2, 2010 Presentation
to the Orange County Board of
County Commissioners

On February 2, 2010 Sheriff Demings delivered a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners that outlined the impact that reductions to the agency's budget would have on the Sheriff's Office.  We invite you to review that presentation by following this LINK.  You can also watch a video of Sheriff Demings speaking before the commission at this LINK.