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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 of 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.

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.

Orange County Sheriff's Office remembers fallen officers at Florida Memorial in Tallahassee

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. 

Sheriff Demings participates in the 2nd annual Puerto Rican parade in Orlando

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.

OCSO welcomes our newest group of Explorers and Junior Cadets

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!

Cub Scouts Pack 6 Bear Den met with the Mounted Unit to spend time with OCSO horses

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.

Pine Hills sign needing repair

OCSO deputies after repairing the Pine Hills sign

OCSO earns NextGen911 "Outstanding 911 Call Center" Award

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is proud to operate one of the best 911 call centers in the country. The NextGen911 Institute recently presented our Communications Section with the "Outstanding 911 Call Center" award.

The OCSO call center is one of the busiest 911 centers in the Southeast. In 2017, it handled over 1.3 million calls and was able to answer 93.35% of them within ten seconds. January 2018 statistics represented the 30th consecutive month that the Communications Section exceeded the state standard.

During the year, the OCSO 911 center responded to multiple high-profile incidents including the Fiamma workplace shooting incident that tragically left six dead and Hurricane Irma. During Hurricane season, Communications activated a new back-up 911 center and moved personnel to a Hurricane shift configuration to handle the workload.

Sheriff Jerry Demings was on hand to receive the honor, accompanied by Director of Emergency Communications Bryan Rintoul, Assistant Squad Leader Kali English, Dispatcher Anays Santos, Congresswoman Val Demings, and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.

Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Press Conference on the Heroin/Opioid Crisis in Orange County

Watch the video from Wednesday's press conference on the heroin and opioid crisis in Orange County. 


February 2018 Awards Ceremony

On February 20, the Orange County Sheriff's Office honored the following 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

January: DFC Ismael Nieves, MD Paul Anderson

February: Sgt Steven Thomas

John Cassady Award

January: Myra Allcock, Sheri Pierce, Carlos Chaluisant, Michelle Valutsky, Jackie Hamon, Anays Santos, Kirsty Smedley

February: Glenn Miller

Florida Sheriff's Association Distinguished Service Certificate

25 Years: Anthony DeBaise

30 Years: Carol Vincent

United States Attorney's Office Special Presentation

Sgt Lance Carlson, Cpl Richard Combs, Agent Alex Roman, Agent Marco Ruiz, Agent Adriana M Acevedo, DS John Allen, ATF Special Agent Jessica Stith, Special Agent Michael Lance Brasell

This award, presented by Sean Schecter, Assistant United States Attorney, honoring the team responsible for taking custody of a dangerous suspect involved in local drug crimes. The suspect was found to be in possession of firearms, drugs, and a large quantity of cash and is currently serving time in federal prison. The case was a great example of how multiple agencies working together can make a difference in reducing crime and the fear of crime.United States Attorney Special Award Recipients

Medal of Merit

Captain John Caraballo

DFC Ismael Nieves

February 2018 Medal of Merit Recipients Captain John Caraballo and DFC Ismael Nieves with Sheriff Demings

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 is Hiring!

Come join us! The Orange County Sheriff's Office is holding a job fair for all open positions!

When: Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Where: Orange County Sheriff's Office Central Complex

2500 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804

You will have the opportunity to meet with sworn and civilian recruiters along with agency members from various units. Our job descriptions and qualifications for sworn positions and civilian positions can be found on our website.

We look forward to meeting you!

Press Conference on School Safety

On Thursday, February 15, the Orange County Sheriff's Office held a press conference with Orange County Public Schools and the Orlando Police Department to discuss school safety. At the press conference, speakers discussed the measures the school system and local law enforcement take to ensure safety in our area schools. 

Watch the press conference to hear about school safety in Orange County.

After the tragedy on February 14, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings released the following statement:

“Once again our nation has experienced a tragic school shooting and we mourn the loss of many individuals. I have spoken with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and offered my prayers and condolences to the families and his entire community. We must all continue our work to stop these senseless acts from occurring.”

Corporal Yehuda Green honored at First Responders Prayer Breakfast

On Thursday, February 8, the First Baptist Church of Orlando and the Trinity Broadcast Network hosted a First Responders Prayer Breakfast to recognize the men and women who respond when the call for assistance is made by anyone in our community. The Sheriff's Office was included in this group along with Police, Military, EMT-Medical, Chaplain, and Fire personnel.

The recognition breakfast also included a surprise announcement that several attendees had been nominated and were being recognized for their service to the community. Sheriff Jerry Demings and our agency representatives were extremely proud when Corporal Yehuda Green was called and recognized for his service. The recipients of this honor received a sculpture of St. Michael.

Corporal Yehuda Green honored at First Responders Prayer Breakfast

National School Guard Appreciation Day

5 Year-Old Alejandra thanks school crossing guard ArturoFebruary 2 is National School Guard Appreciation Day!
Orange County has 320 School Crossing Guards who protect 464 crossings throughout unincorporated Orange County. The OCSO School Crossing Guard program serves 125 schools including 92 Elementary, 27 Middle, 4 Charter, and 2 Private schools. We hire and traing School Crossing Guards every month and still have 18 vacancies! Learn more about our Crossing Guard positions!

Thank you to all of our School Crossing Guards! They work hard in all kinds of weather and deal with distracted drivers to keep your children safe!

Safety and Security Summit for Places of Worship

On Wednesday, January 31, the Orange County Sheriff's Office hosted a Safety and Security Summit for Places of Worship. It was an opportunity for leaders from the faith community to learn valuable tools to keep their places of worship and their congregations safe. The response to this timely educational event was overwhelming. Out goal is for every place of worship to have an emergency safety plan. More of these informational sessions will be held in the future.

Orange County Crime Reduction

Orange County was a safer place in 2017. The overall crime rate in 2017 was down 13% from 2016. While there were decreases in all categories, the largest was a 30% drop in the murder rate. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings attributes the success to smart enforcement and quality tips from citizen callers. The area of Pine Hills experienced a 24% overall reduction in crime and a 33% decrease in the murder rate.

If you see something, say something - it does make a difference!

Press Conference: Operation Night's Watch

The Orange County Sheriff's Office and the Orlando Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation held a press conference on Thursday, December 14 to announce a recent bust of two Central Florida drug trafficking rings. In addition to OCSO, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation was assisted by Orlando Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the FBI. After watching the operation for a year, law enforcement agencies arrested two dozen individuals and seized large quantities of heroin and cocaine. Charges include racketeering, sale and delivery of heroin and cocaine, money laundering, and conspiracy to kidnap.

Watch the video of the press conference below.

December 2017 Awards Ceremony

On December 12, the Orange County Sheriff's Office honored the following for their outstanding service to the community. We thank the Reverend Daniel Green of the Eastland Baptist Church for opening your facility to us for the Award Ceremony.


Frank Seton Award

November: DFC Gabriel Ortiz

December: DFC Lawyer Cliborne

John Cassady Award

November: Andrea Undieme

December: Sharon Dennis

Florida Sheriff's Association Distinguished Service Certificate

25 Years: Henry Hampton, Frank Hughes II

30 Years: Bill Pebsworth

35 Years: Jody Litchford

50 Years: Thomas Horas

Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Citizenship Award

OCSO Explorer Sergio Martinez

Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal

D/S Frank Bonetti

Heroism Medal

DFC Gabriel Ortiz

Medal of Valor/Combat

DFC Richard Nye

DFC Gabriel Ortiz

D/S Kristopher Lott

D/S Matt Futch

D/S Steve Sherry

D/S David Mittiga

D/S Bob Kelly

Medal of Merit

DFC Lawyer Cliborne

Andrew Johnson

Louay Seif

Steven Rolon

Jose R Nieves-Perez

Christopher Carey

Purple Heart

Sgt. Randall Zeller


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.


2017 Robot Rodeo

This week the Orange County Sheriff's Office hosted the Central Florida Robot Rodeo. The rodeo consisted of a robot competition, bomb tech rescue, hand-entry challenge, and an x-ray challenge. The course assesses the robot operating skills of the bomb technicians. Twelve teams from eight different agencies around the state entered the robot competition. Orange County Sheriff's Office team of DFC J. Diaz and DFC J. Salazar came in first place overall and the Orange County Sheriff's Office team of Cpl. K. Stewart and DFC M. Futch came in third overall. 

The bomb tech rescue entailed running 300 feet down to your partner that is in a bomb suit and pull him back 150 feet and then switch roles.  The Orange County team of N. Matsoukis and K. Stewart came in first overall and the Orange County team of M. Futch and C. Heavey came in second overall.  The Orange County Sheriff's Office team of Cpl K. Stewart and M. Futch also came in third overall in the x-ray challenge that included x-ray interpretation. 

These events help keep our deputies trained to ensure that they have the skills required when the community requires them. Congratulations to our deputies for their success in the competition.

Carjacking Suspects in Custody

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has two suspects in custody in a November 28 carjacking. The incident occurred on Point Cypress Drive in Orlando. The suspects struck the rear bumper of the victim's vehicle and forced her out of her car. The suspects then fled the scene in the victim's vehicle.

After an extensive search, Orange County Sheriff's deputies located and arrested the suspects and recovered the victim's vehicle. The suspects where located in the area of John Young Parkway and Silver Star Road.