Captain Denise Demps - Sector Commander
1111 North Rock Springs Rd.
Apopka, Florida 32712
Situated in Northwest Orange County, Sector I was once known for its vast agricultural areas with its only claim to fame being the home of the finest sweet corn grown in America, one of the state’s largest freshwater lakes, and the home of numerous commercial greenhouses where ornamental and landscaping plants were cultivated and sold. In just a few short years the area has become dotted with a number of new subdivisions, shopping plazas, and strip malls that were once more common in other parts of the county. As is the case with other rapidly growing regions in the county the policing needs of the area have changed with the times to meet the challenges of this growing area.
Captain Stephen Garrison- Sector Commander
11000 Lake Underhill Road
Orlando, Florida 32825
Many can still recall the days when the agency’s east side sector claimed to host the largest cattle ranch east of the Mississippi and was home to a small technical college near the intersection of the Alafaya Trail and East Colonial Drive.
Fact is you can still find a few head of cattle on the rural east side but that small technical college is now one of fastest growing and most highly respected Universities in the Southeast. Rapid urbanization remains the common theme in this once remote area as major development and a boom in population continue to create new demands and challenges on the men and women tasked with policing the sector.
Captain Joe Picanzo - Sector Commander
475 West Story Road
Ocoee, Florida 34761
Life is change and, for the most part, change can be a good thing. Anyone who has been here for more than a few years will fondly recall living on the county’s west side and being able to regularly catch the scent of the sweet smell of orange blossoms in the air. Sector III was once home of the lion’s share of the OrangeGroves that gave this county its name and the packing and juice industries that supported them. But those days and the orange groves that once characterized the area are long gone. A huge jump in the population in the area along with the housing and retail outlets to support that population growth now sit where the groves once thrived. Like its sister sectors in the county, Sector III has redirected it’s policing of a vastly rural area to deal with the issues of a large and rapidly growing urban area.
Captain Jeff Stonebreaker - Sector Commander
2400 West 33rd Street
Orlando, Florida 32839
Sector IV has traditionally been one of the busiest and more challenging areas to police for the Sheriff’s Office throughout recent history. Nothing has changed. The area stretches from the city limits of Orlando south to Kissimmee. Within its boarders you will find some of the older, more established areas of the county. But, as you head south the complexion of the sector changes to modern shopping plazas, auto dealerships, and restaurants. It even hosts the Florida Mall, Orange County’s largest and arguably busiest shopping mall that has become an attraction all of its own for the throngs of tourist who visit the county annually.
Captain Sandy Carpenter - Sector Commander
6817 Westwood Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32821
Sector V is commonly known as the tourist corridor to those tasked with policing it. The sector was actually created because it is, in fact, in the home for many attractions and hotels that bring visitors to the county to include Sea World and the world renowned Orange County Convention Center and Universal Studios. Former Sheriff Walt Gallagher was quick to recognize the fact that tourism was the county’s major industry and the policing needs of the tourist community were unique. The area continues to grow to include the addition new tourist attractions and residential areas.
Captain Jeff Eifler - Sector Commander
1920 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Tourism, and its unique demands on law enforcement spawned the creation of Sector VI. Sector VI lies solely within the borders of the Walt Disney properties. Deputies assigned to the area find themselves dealing with problems specific to an area that deals with hundreds of thousands of visitors, many of them from outside the United States, weekly and the myriad of night spots and attractions that attract visitors to the area. Again, keying on the simple fact that tourism is the county’s number one revenue source, the Sheriff’s Office knew it was important to maintain the necessary manpower and resources in the area to protect the tourist industry. The area promises to become even busier in coming years as the opening of a major highway in an area that was once considered to be remote, has ushered in signs of fledgling growth and development.