Office of the Sheriff

Jerry L. Demings

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 and was overwhelmingly retained by voters in 2012.

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.  

"I take great pride in the fact that Orlando, Florida is my home and that I grew up in the very same community that I have committed 34 years of my life in the realm of public safety and service to the community. And because this is my home I will do everything necessary to maintain the quality of life that makes Central Florida, not only one of the world's premier tourist destinations, but one of the finest places in the United States to live, work, and play. I trust you will enjoy your visit to our web site and I invite you to check back often. Thank you."

Jerry L. Demings

Sheriff Jerry L Demings

OCSO Accreditation Recognition

Excelsior Award, Excellence Award, Meritorious 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 Excellence Award, and the Meritorious 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 for the seventh time, by the state and national accrediting organizations.These reaccreditations are for three years and come with special commendations.

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation recognized our agency as an Excelsior Agency, the first in the State of Florida to receive the Excelsior for the second time. This award was developed as recognition for agencies that have attained certain longevity in accreditation and remain committed to a philosophy of excellence. The Excelsior Award recognizes agencies that have received five unconditional assessments.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, bestowed two prestigious honors on the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as the result of the Gold Standard Assessment conducted by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

The first honor received was the Accreditation with Excellence Award. This award is given to further recognize those agencies with a proven history of excellence in the accreditation process, and serves to provide other agencies seeking accreditation with examples of “best practices” to address compliance, policy development, file maintenance, and other issues relating to the accreditation process. 

The Advanced Meritorious Award was the second honor received.  This award recognizes 15 years, or more, of continuous commitment to accreditation.