Orange County Sheriff's Office (Florida)

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This article is about the sheriff's office of Orange County, Florida. For sheriff's offices for other Orange Counties, see Orange County Sheriff's Department (disambiguation).
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Abbreviation OCSO
Orange County, FL Sheriff.jpg
Patch of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Agency overview
Formed 1845
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Map of Florida highlighting Orange County.svg
Map of Orange County Sheriff's Office's jurisdiction.
Size 1,004 square miles (2,600 km2)
Population 1,066,113
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Orlando, Florida
Agency executive Jerry Demings, Sheriff

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is the chief law enforcement agency for Orange County, Florida, USA. The office is large with a budget of more than $180 million and over 2,400 sworn and civilian employees. The current sheriff, Jerry Demings, was elected in 2008 and is the chief law enforcement officer of Orange County responsible for the safety of over 1 million residents and the more than 45 million tourists that visit Orange County each year.


The first sheriff of Orange County dates from the earliest days of Florida's statehood in 1845. On January 31, 1845, the area known as Mosquito County in Territorial Florida was renamed Orange County, a name reflective of the spreading blanket of orange groves throughout the region. Less than six weeks later, on March 3, 1845, Florida's status as a territory was changed to that of statehood. The first statewide election was conducted on May 26, 1845. William Henry Williams was elected to serve as Orange County's first sheriff.[citation needed]

Since 1845, numerous prominent individuals have held the position of the Orange County Sheriff, including David William Mizell. Mizell was the only sheriff killed in the line of duty. There have been numerous theories and tales regarding the story which lead to his demise, ranging from the local tradition of the 'Barber-Mizell feud' to Reconstruction politics to a lawman simply attempting to do his additional duty of levying fines and collecting taxes.


Uniform Patrol[edit]

  • Sectors (Road Patrol)
      • Headquarters/Operations - 2500 West Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32804
    • I (Apopka Division) - 1111 N. Rock Springs Rd., Apopka, FL 32712
    • II (East Orlando Division) - 11000 Lake Underhill Rd., Orlando, FL 32825
    • III (Ocoee Division) - 475 W. Story Road, Ocoee, FL 34761
    • IV (Orlando Division) - 2400 W. 33rd Street, Orlando, FL 32839
    • V (T.O.P.S.) - 6825 Westwood Blvd, Suite A, Orlando, FL 32821
    • VI (Bay Lake/Lake Buena Vista contract area) - 1920 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
  • Hazardous Device Team
  • SWAT
  • Emergency Response Team
  • K-9 Unit
  • Hostage Negotiation Team
  • Juvenile Arrest & Monitor (JAM) Unit
  • Dive Team
  • Parking Enforcement Unit
  • Agriculture/Marine Team
  • Mounted Patrol/Posse
  • Field training & Evaluation

Criminal Investigations[edit]

Special Operations and Investigations[edit]


Rank Structure[edit]

Rank Insignia
Sheriff 4 Gold Stars.svg
Undersheriff 3 Gold Stars.svg
US-O4 insignia.svg
Captain Captain insignia gold.svg
Lieutenant US-O1 insignia.svg
Deputy First Class
Deputy / Detective

Slain officers[edit]

Since 1870, 16 officers have died while on duty.[1]

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°33′06″N 81°24′43″W / 28.5517°N 81.4120°W / 28.5517; -81.4120