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Burglar Boxes are Back!

This year we have 8 Burglar Boxes available in Orange County to accept cardboard packaging. Help reduce residential burglaries by bringing your boxes to one of these locations. 

Sector I

  • Sector I Sub-Station, 1111 N. Rock Springs Road, Apopka FL 32712 (Front parking lot on the side (north)
  • 2714 N. Pine Hills Road Orlando, (Shopping Plaza at North West corner of Silver Star/Pine Hills- Dumpster should go closer to Pine Hills Road)

 

Sector II

  • Waterford Lakes Towne Center, 525 N Alafaya Trl. Orlando, FL  (Behind Pier 1)

 

Sector III

  • St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Rd Orlando, Fl. 32819 (as soon as you turn onto property there is a grassy area)
  • Walmart New Independence 16313 New Independence Parkway, FL 34787.   (NW corner of the parking lot near the fence closer to the Wendy’s)  

 

Sector IV

  • Conway United Methodist Church, 3401 South Conway Road Orlando, FL (south side of the property near the dumpsters)
  • Publix, 12195 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL (Near the Orange Blossom Trail)

 

Sector V

  • Winn Dixie located 11957 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32836.  (near Apopka Vineland Road)

Grand Opening of the Jerry Demings Center for Recovery and Reentry

Sheriff and Mayor Elect Jerry Demings cuts the ribbon on the new Recovery and Reentry Center.Sheriff and Mayor-Elect Jerry L. Demings and Sheriff-Elect John W. Mina were proud to attend the recent Grand Opening and Dedication of the Jerry Demings Center for Recovery and Reentry. The center offers comprehensive therapeutic services to criminal justice involved individuals and their families. We are honored to partner with them as part of our efforts to reduce the impact opioids has on our community in Central Florida.


Operation Safe Holidays

Operation Safe Holiday Kick-offThe Orange County Sheriff's Office kicked off the 10th Annual Operation Safe Holiday at the Florida Mall. Due to the efforts of law enforcement and citizen awareness, there has been a combined 29% decrease in commercial, auto, and residential burglaries and robberies in recent years. Sheriff Demings wants to remind you of a few safety tips for this holiday season:

  • Always lock your car and keep your valuables hidden
  • Keep packages in the trunk of your car and out of sight
  • Shop with friends or family, there is safety in numbers
  • Tell a security guard or store employee if you see anything that appears suspicious, such as an unattended bag or package
  • Be alert and have your keys ready when returning to your car
  • Do not dispose of boxes from big ticket purchases outside of your home

We hope that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season.


K9s United Fun Run

K9s United raises money with 5K and 9K races to help Central Florida K9 units get the equipment and training they need. K9 Koa is lacing up and ready to go for this fun event!

K9 Koa laces up her running shoes for K9s United Fun RunWhat: 5K run/walk, 1 mile fun run and 9K run/walk
Where: Northwest Recreational Complex | Apopka, FL
When: December 1st, 2018 at 8:00am

 

For full information, view the 9K for K9s Flyer.


October 2018 Awards Ceremony

On October 23, 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 New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka for opening your facility to us for the Award Ceremony.

Frank Seton Award

Master Deputy Chris Marcus receives the Frank Seton AwardMay: Deputy Angel Mendoza

September: Master Deputy Chris Marcus

John Cassady Award

September: PST I Telecommunicator Kellie Parsons

October: ASL Crime Scene Investigator/Reserve Deputy Michael Vincent

Medal of Merit

Sergeant Jamie Hoffman

Sergeant Jeremy Bint

Deputy First Class Thomas Lassiter

Deputy Angel Mendoza

Deputy Brendan Moore

Medal of Merit Recipient Carlos FernandezPST I Telecommunicator Kellie Parsons

Lizette Berrios

Leon Wright

Carlos Fernandez

Deputy Angel Mendoza

Distinguished Service Award

ASL Crime Scene Investigator/Reserve Deputy Michael Vincent

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.

 


OCSO Reserve Unit is Recognized withe Leadership in Volunteer Policing Award

The Orange County Sheriff's Office Reserve Unit was recently recognized with the 2018 IACP Leadership in Volunteer Policing Award. The OCSO Reserve Unit is made up entirely of volunteer deputy sheriffs, men and women who have undergone extensive amounts of initial police training and annual re-training, to serve their community as police officers. The OCSO Reserve Unit was recognized because of the integration of reserves within the agency, progressive leadership and innovation, and a record of service above self. Congratulations OCSO Reserve Unit!


Orange County Sheriff's Office hosts 10th Safety Expo

The Orange County Sheriff's Office hosted the 10th Safety Expo this past Saturday, October 20. The Safety Expo is an opportunity for kids and adults to get hands-on experience with our Specialty Equipment and Teams such as our helicopter, K-9, motorcycles, bomb squad, forensics, and much more! It's always a pleasure to interact with the community, sharing safety tips, and getting feedback!


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.

 


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

Saturday, December 15

Cops and Kids Shopping Event

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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