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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 Merit

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 Florida logoStarting 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.

Operation 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.


2018 National Law Enforcement Memorial Candlelight Vigil

Sheriff Demings attended a candlelight vigil in at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. With him were the friends and families of fallen law enforcement officers. This year, 129 names were added to the memorial to commemorate the officers that died in the line of duty in 2017. Orange County Sheriff's Deputy First Class Norman Lewis was one of the names added this year. 


Operation Spring Cleaning: Keeping Floridians Safe

The Orange County Sheriff's Office was proud to take part in Operation Spring Cleaning---an initiative to take drugs off the streets.

The Florida Sheriffs Association Task Force recently released the results. Operation Spring Cleaning focused on arresting those who are involved in manufacturing, delivering, or trafficking controlled substances.

In Orange County, our deputies and detectives:

  • Confiscated approximately 51 pounds of controlled substances,
  • Seized 64 firearms,
  • Arrested 64 persons for unlawful possession of a firearm when arrested for trafficking/sale and delivery, and
  • Arrested 28 for outstanding warrants when person was arrested for trafficking/sale and delivery.

Below are a few images of the contraband seized.

Weapons seized during Operation Spring Cleaning

Drugs and Cash Seized During Operation Spring Cleaning


Honoring our Fallen Officers

On Monday, April 30, Sheriff Demings led a group from the Orange County Sheriff's Office to Tallahassee for the annual Law Enforcement Officer Memorial. We honored those that lost their lives in service to the citizens of Orange County. This year, the name of our own Norman Cecil Lewis was added to the memorial. He was killed in the line of duty on January 9, 2017.

Deputy First Class Norman Lewis added to the Florida Fallen Officer Memorial


OCSO Celebrates Puerto Rico!

Sheriff Demings and the Orange County Sheriff's Office were proud to participate in the 2nd annual Puerto Rican parade on Saturday, April 28. 


OCSO Reminds Residents to Lock Up!

The Orange County Sheriff's Office wants to remind residents and visitors to lock your car doors and take your valuables with you. Over 40% of car burglaries happen to cars with unlocked doors! Car thieves prowl neighborhoods looking for unlocked cars with valuables inside. Don't make yourself an easy victim! 


OCSO Celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

This morning we welcomed the daughters and sons of our deputies, detectives, and other support staff to learn about careers at the Orange County Sheriff's Office. In addition to learning about Mom and Dad's jobs, they were also treated to a display of OCSO specialty units. 
They learned about how their parents make a difference in Orange County. 


Florida Mall Robber Arrested

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that a suspect in a robbery at a Florida Mall jewelry store is now in custody. The suspect was arrested in South Carolina after pawning the stolen watch in South Florida and stealing a second watch with the same distraction tactic. Our Robbery Squad worked with agencies from other jurisdictions to catch the suspect.

On April 8th, a situation at The Florida Mall caused panic when a suspect set off firecrackers in front of Mayors Fine Jewelry. The noise from the firecrackers made shoppers think gunshots were fired and 11 people were injured.

A second suspect is still at large.


21st Annual Florida Tour de Force

Sheriff Jerry Demings and the entire OCSO family couldn't be prouder of the 300 riders from the Florida Tour de Force!
They cruised into Orlando on Friday, April 13 to raise awareness and $70,000 for family members of Florida law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. 

Now in its 21st year, the charity bike ride runs from North Miami Beach to Orlando. The 270 mile tour has historically ended in Daytona Beach, but for the first time, Tour de Force gathered at the finish line in Orange County at The Orlando Eye to honor the memory and legacies of our beloved DFC Norman Lewis, Orlando Police Department Lt. Deborah Clayton, and Kissimmee Police Department's Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard. Way to go!


OCSO Welcomes Brazilian CSI Team for Workshop

Brazilian CSI Team poses with Detective Fabian Ramirez and Deputy Carla Cezario during workshopThe Orange County Sheriff's Office believes in exchanging ideas with professionals from around the world. We recently welcomed nine professionals and students from the Brazilian CSI-Homicide Institute to Orlando for a 10 day workshop. They all have careers in Brazil as crime scene specialists, lawyers, or biologists. Detective Fabian Ramirez from the Homicide Unit and Deputy Carla Cezario volunteered to talk to them about crime scene investigation and gave them a tour of the Forensic department at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.  Our visitors learned a lot and were very impressed.  It was a very valuable day for both the visitors and Orange County staff to share experiences and knowledge. 


First Annual Kids vs. Cops Basketball Game

Come join us Friday, April 13, 2018 for the inaugural Kids vs. Cops Basketball game! The Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies will be playing the University High School Boy's Basketball team in an exhibition game for charity. The game starts at 6:00 pm at the University High School Gymnasium at 2450 Cougar Way, Orlando, FL 32817.

Admission is $5 per person and concessions will be available.

View the Kids vs. Cops Basketball brochure for more information.


Boy Scout teams up with OCSO for Eagle Scout Project

Eagle Scout Avery Feucht saw a need to help children in distress. He decided to take action for his Eagle Scout project.

Avery raised money for materials and then made 400 stuffed animals to give to kids experiencing traumatic situations.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is proud to have these bears to help kids in distress.


Reminder: Internet Safety

The Orange County Sheriff's Office wants to remind parents and guardians about safety precautions when providing internet access to children. Talk to your children about what they are sharing on the internet. Here are some additional tips for internet safety:

  • Never post personal information online. This includes, but is not limited to, phone numbers, address, or current location.
  • When creating a screen name, do not include personal information such as your last name or date of birth.
  • Censor your photos - they can often provide clues to personal information. For example, a picture of yourself in a club or varsity jacket can show a stranger the school you attend or the activities that interest you.
  • Never send photos to people you meet online.
  • Do not meet in person with someone you "met" on the Internet. If someone asks to meet you tell a trusted adult right away.
  • Don't share your password with anyone.
  • Never download or install anything onto your computer or cell phone without first checking with your parents.
  • Use privacy settings - they are there for a reason.
  • It's not always strangers that you need to be cautious of - always exercise your best judgement. When in doubt, turn to a trusted adult.

Contact 1-855-FLA-SAFE (352-7233) if you see anything suspicious.


Explorer Post 2061: 15 New Explorers and 4 Junior Cadets Sworn In

We are proud to introduce our newest Explorers and Junior Cadets to our Explorer Post 2061. Congratulations to Explorers Alycia Villalobos, Crystal Valdes, Joshua Goehring, Jr., Chloe Fishbough, Sade Westbrook, Oneil Nieves, Alejandro Acha-Rivera, Bleasing Melendez-Rivera, Ethan Blanton, Johnatan Blanco, Kaleigh Wirick, Aidan Wirick, Jazmine Harlee, Kaelen Segers, and Nicholas Ballantine and Junior Cadets Enrique Acha-Rivera, Alan Acha-Rivera, Jeremiah Caban, and Logan Borjas!

The Explorer program provides an opportunity for young people between the ages of 12 and 21 to learn about law enforcement. The Explorers and Junior Cadets help OCSO deputies with community service projects while learning about the criminal justice system.


Boy Scouts Visit OCSO Mounted Unit

Recently the OCSO Mounted Unit had a few visitors from Cub Scouts Pack 6 Bear Den. The scouts met Deputy Stephens and Salem at the OCSO Stables. Thank you to these Cub Scouts for coming down to spend some time with Salem and Deputy Stephens!


OCSO is Pine Hills Proud!

Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies recently noticed that a sign needed repair at Pine Hills Road and Clarcona-Ocoee Road. Crime Prevention Deputy Barbara Smith-Herron and Special Projects Deputy Jacob Snavely stopped to repair the sign and help Pine Hills stay beautiful.


Missing Endangered Adult

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

Alfred "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

Thursday, June 28

OCSO/OCPS/OCCD/OCFRD Career Fair

Thursday, September 20

Bulls Connect: Career Fair

Tuesday, September 25

University of Florida Non-Technical Career Showcase

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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