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OCSO is taking unwanted guns off the street with Kicks 4 Guns!

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is offering a $50 gift card for your unwanted firearms!

Kicks 4 Guns - October 16, 2018Deputies will be at four locations in Orange County on Tuesday, October 16th collecting firearms. No questions asked and no ID required! Citizens asked to place the unloaded weapon inside a plastic bag. An OCSO deputy will remove the gun from the vehicle.

United Church of Christ, 9300 University Boulevard, Orlando (7am-5pm)

Place of Grace Church, 1336 Pine Hills Road, Orlando (7am-5pm)

OBT Development Building, 2719 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando (7am-7pm)

John Bridges Center, 445 West 13th Steet, Apopka (7am-7pm)


OCSO Celebrates the 35th National Night Out

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and his staff was pleased to attend several National Night Out events this week to promote crime prevention in the community. The annual event aims to promote relationships between law enforcement and the community to help increase safety. 

Thank you to all of the communities that participated!


September is National Preparedness Month

FEMA National Preparedness Month 2018September is National Preparedness Month. The Orange County Sheriff's Office would like to remind residents to be prepared in case of an emergency. Below are some tips to help you prepare.

  • Make a disaster plan and practice it.
  • Know basic home maintenance to protect your home and family.
  • Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace when they are 10 years old.
  • Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water, and medication to last 72 hours.
  • Always make sure you have spare batteries.
  • Consider buying flood insurance before a storm.
  • Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies.
  • Make digital copies of important documents and keep documents in a waterproof and fireproof container.

 


Job Fair: Thursday, September 6

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is hosting a career fair for both civilian and law enforcement positions. Our recruiters will be on-site to talk to potential applicants about the opportunities with the Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

VFW Building

3500 S Goldenrod Road

Orlando, FL 32822

View all of our civilian and law enforcement positions on our website.


Sheriff's Office Welcomes 32 New Deputies

The Orange County Sheriff's Office welcomed welcomed 18 new recruits and 14 new certified deputies in August. We look forward to working with the new deputies.

18 new deputy recruits for August 2018

14 new certified deputies sworn-in in August 2018


August 2018 Awards Ceremony

On August 21, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings proudly presented several awards to agency employees and members of the community. The following were honored for their outstanding service to the community. We thank ICP Orlando Church for opening your facility to us for the Award Ceremony.

Frank Seton Award

July: Corporal Hiram Bustamante, Deputy Chad Haufler, Deputy Stephen Fickey, Deputy Kyle Nossaman, Detective Aaron Jenkins, Detective Chelsey Connolly

August: Deputy First Class Danny Garcia, Deputy First Class Shawn Joyce, Deputy Jessica Alejos, Deputy Lisa DeLeon, Deputy Dominique Figueroa, Deputy Alex Abramo, Deputy Michael Maas, Deputy Shaun Cayer

Joseph Hollish receives the John Cassady AwardJohn Cassady Award

July: Joseph Hollish

Medal of Valor

Deputy Jason Salas

Medal of Merit

Corporal Hiram Bustamante

Deputy First Class Danny Garcia

Deputy First Class Shawn Joyce

Deputy Jessica Alejos

Deputy Lisa DeLeon

Deputy Dominique Figueroa

Deputy Alex Abramo

Deputy Michael Maas

Deputy Shaun Cayer

Medal of Merit Recipients in August 2018Deputy Angel Mendoza

Distinguished Service Award

Sergeant Brian Barbour

Sergeant Joseph Bellizio

Sergeant Melissa Harrielson

Corporal Nicole Hansen

Corporal Matthew Collins

Deputy Wesley Avant

Deputy Alec Krekel

Deputy Cody Rowinsky

Deputy Phillip Novel

Deputy Jacob Starnes

Deputy Adam Saad

Deputy Julia Smith

Along with these awards, we recognized many others for their dedication, service, and professionalism while serving the citizens of Orange County. Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you for your service.

 


Unveiling of new Law Enforcement Memorial

New OCSO Law Enforcement Memorial MonumentOn Thursday, August 9, 2018, the Orange County Sheriff's Office unveiled a beautiful new memorial monument dedicated to those that gave their lives serving Orange County. The monument is located outside of the Sheriff's Office Central Operations Complex. We will never forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens and residents of Orange County.


Safety and Security Summit for Places of Worship, Part II

On Friday, August 3, the Orange County Sheriff's Office welcomed faith leaders from area places of worship to attend Part II of the Safety and Security Summit. This was a follow-up workshop to January's seminar regarding keeping places of worship safe. Participants heard topics such as crisis response, conflict de-escalation, and litigation risks. We are proud to partner with places of worship in the community to keep all residents and visitors safe and secure.

Safety and Security Summit for Places of Worship


OCSO wishes Salem a Happy Retirement!

After 11 years of proud service, our Mounted Unit wishes Salem a Happy Retirement. Salem will be retiring to Mill Creek Farms in Alachua County, Florida. Salem was donated to the Orange County Sheriff's Office in 2007. He is a 17 year old Dutch Warmblood that stands 17 hands tall. His magnificent career with OCSO has seen him train many deputies and attend various events across the states.

He will be missed, but he will join other retired OCSO Mounted Unit mounts Roman, Hollywood, and Dylan.


June 2018 Awards Ceremony

On June 26, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings was pleased to present several awards to agency employees and members of the community. The following were honored for their outstanding service to the community. We thank Majestic Life Church for opening your facility to us for the Award Ceremony.

Medal of Valor Recipient Deputy Jason Salas with Sheriff Jerry DemingsFrank Seton Award

May: Deputy Daniel Lacruz, Deputy Angel Mendoza

June: Corporal Ray Monreal, Master Deputy Stephen C. Williams

John Cassady Award

May: Karen Busch

April: Nicoda Goulbourne

Sheriff Demings presents the Distinguished Service Award to Master Deputy Laurie AversanoMedal of Valor

Deputy Jason Salas

Medal of Merit

Deputy Daniel Lacruz

Deputy Angel Mendoza

Corporal Ray S. Monreal

Master Deputy Stephen C. Williams

Distinguished Service Award

Deputy Dawud Sabater

Sergeant Larry Slimick

Master Deputy Lauriel Aversano

Master Deputy Luke Healy

Along with these awards, we recognized many others for their dedication, service, and professionalism while serving the citizens of Orange County. Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you for your service.

 


Come join our team!

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is excited to be hosting a career fair in conjunction with Orange County Public Schools, Orange County Corrections, and Orange County Fire & Rescue. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ICP Orlando

5850 Clarcona Ocoee Road

Orlando, FL 32810

Near the intersection of Clarcona Ocoee road and Lake Sparlings Road, west of Pine Hills. Signs will be posted.

View the Job Fair Flyer for more information.


Register Now for Civilian Police Academy!

Civilian Police Academy FlyerThe next Civilian Police Academy starts August 21. The class meets on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This class gives civilians the opportunity to learn more about the functions and responsibilities of law enforcement. The Academy includes field trips to Aviation, the DUI center, and Mounted and presentations on Drugs, CSI, K-9, Gang Unit, and SWAT.

Register online to participate in this fun Civilian Police Academy. Applicants must complete a background check and be approved to enroll.

View the Civilian Police Academy Flyer for more information.


May 2018 Awards Ceremony

On May 29, the Orange County Sheriff's Office honored the following for their outstanding service to the community. We thank Eastland Baptist Church for opening your facility to us for the Award Ceremony.

Frank Seton Award

March: Master Deputy Michael Johnson

April: Deputy Sheriff Eddie Garcia

John Cassady Award

March: Heather Barker

April: Lisa Strano

Medal of Valor

Master Deputy Michael Johnson

Deputy Jessica Alicea

Medal of Valor Recipient Deputy Jessica Alicea

Medal of Merit

Deputy Eddie Garcia

Medal of Merit Recipient Deputy Eddie Garcia

Along with these awards, we recognized many others for their dedication, service, and professionalism while serving the citizens of Orange County. Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you for your service.

 


Memory DFC Norm Lewis lives on in Service Dog

A family in California recently welcomed service dog Norman into their lives. Norman is named after Deputy First Class Norman Lewis who died in the line of duty on January 9, 2017. The dog is specially trained to help Liam, who has autism. The family reached out to the Orange County Sheriff's Office to tell us that Norm's memory lives on.


Click It or Ticket: Buckle Up Florida!

Click It or Ticket FloridaStarting today, May 21 until June 3, the Orange County Sheriff's Office will participate in the national Click It or Ticket motorist occupant safety campaign. Wearing a seat belt saves lives in the event of an accident. During the two week campaign, the OCSO Traffic Unit will conduct seat belt enforcement details at various locations throughout Orange County.

The goal of the campaign is to identify motorists not utilizing safety belts as wells as improperly or unrestrained children. The fine for not wearing a seat belt in Orange County is $114.00 (no points). A child under the age of 5 that is not properly restrained in a car seat or booster carries a $164.00 fine and 3 points on your license. 


Operation Orange Crush and Operation Sunrise

Sheriff Jerry Demings discusses the success of Operation Orange Crush and Operation SunriseThe Orange County Sheriff's Office held a press conference today to share information about two recent initiatives to keep the citizens of Orange County safe. 

The goal of Operation Orange Crush was to identify and apprehend individuals with the desire to seek out and engage in unlawful sexual acts with children over the internet. The operation also targeted sex offenders and sexual predators who have failed to comply with registration requirements. There were six arrests for traveling to meet a minor for sex.

Contraband seized during Operation SunriseOperation Sunrise ran from February 23rd through April 20th. The Holden Heights and Oakridge Road corridor was targeted due to a marked increase in crime over the past 12 months. The eight week operation achieved the following outcomes:

  • 572 arrests were made, including 180 felonies and 150  narcotics related arrests
  • 704 traffic citations were issued
  • Over 1700 citizens were contacted
  • Tens of thousands of dollars in illicit narcotics were seized
  • 36 firearms were seized

After eight weeks, crime was reduced by 14%. This includes a decreased of 37% for robberies, 24% for residential burglaries, and 7% for aggravated persons crimes. Year-to-date statistics indicate an 18% drop in all crime in the impacted areas. Another outcome of Operation Sunrise was a 64% reduction in drug overdoses. In the period following the conclusion of the operation, a double digit decrease in all crime has been maintained.


Missing Endangered Adult

The Orange County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding a missing person that may be in danger.

Missing Person Alfred "Sugarfoot" PearsonAlfred "Sugarfoot" Pearson

Age: 75

DOB: 02/22/1942

Sex: Male

Race: Black

Hair: Gray

Eyes: Brown

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 160 lbs.

On Sunday, November 26, 2017, at approximately 4:00pm, Alfred Pearson walked away from his residence located on Dewberry Avenue, near the intersection of Hermit Smith Road and Highway 441 in North Apopka. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.

There is concern for Alfred Pearson's well-being because he suffers from dementia, which may cause him to become lost, disoriented, and unable to find his way back home. He also has a heart condition and needs his medication.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 407-836-HELP (4357).

Orange County Sheriff's Office Case Number: 17-106512

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 16

Kicks 4 Guns

Saturday, October 20

Safety Expo

Saturday, October 20

Women's Forum

Thursday, November 15

Miami Mega Law/Career Fair

If You See Something, Say Something

The Orange County Sheriffs Office wants you to "Make a Difference." Remain vigilant, be aware of your surroundings, and if you see something, say something.

Call 1-855-FLA-SAFE (352-7233) or 9-1-1

View the Department of Homeland Security's safety video for more information on how to spot and report suspicious activity.

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