Lake County Sheriff's Office (Florida)

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Lake County Sheriff's Office
Abbreviation LCSO
Patch of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
Logo of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
Agency overview
Annual budget $61,799,661 (2008)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Lake in the state of Florida, United States
Size 1,156 sq mi (2,990 km2).
Population 301,059
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Tavares, FL
Sworn members 514
Unsworn members 260
Agency executives
  • Gary S. Borders, Sheriff
  • Peyton C. Grinnell, Chief Deputy
Substations 1
Jails 1
Helicopters 3 Ex-Army OH-58As
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
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The Lake County Sheriff's Office is largest law enforcement agency in Lake County, Florida, United States. Per the State of Florida Constitution, the sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of both the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county. The current sheriff is Gary S. Borders who was appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush following the death of Sheriff Chris Daniels in 2006. He was elected in 2008. In November 2007, Sheriff Gary S. Borders led the agency to be awarded with a certificate of accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, consequently, both the Law Enforcement and Corrections divisions of the Lake County Sheriff's Office are now accredited.


Law Enforcement Operations

  • Uniform Patrol Bureau (Road Patrol, Street Crimes Unit, Report Writers)
  • Criminal Investigations Bureau (Property Crimes, Missing Persons, Economic Crimes, Violent Crimes, Special Victims Unit, Crime Scene Investigations, Evidence)
  • Special Investigations Bureau (Intelligence Unit, Sexual Offender Tracking Unit, Narcotics Unit, Homeland Security Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit)

Criminal Justice Operations

  • Court Services Bureau (Court Deputies, Special Response Team)
  • Detention Security Bureau (Detention Deputies, Building Security)
  • Support Services Bureau (Booking, Classification, Fugitive Extradition, Transportation)

Administrative Services

  • Emergency Management Bureau (Ag/Marine, Aviation, Communications Center, Homeland Security, Information Technology, Radio Tech)
  • Special Services Bureau (School Resource Deputies,Juvenile Court Liaison, Criminal Justice Academy,D.A.R.E. Deputies, School Crossing Guards,Community Services)
  • Support Services Bureau (Civil deputies, property section, warrants, fleet maintenance, records)

Specialty units[edit]

Like many law enforcement agencies, the Lake County Sheriff's Office also has deputies with specialized training. These deputies perform their normal full-time jobs (road patrol, detectives, detention deputy, etc.) and perform one the specialty units as the needs call for. Some of the specialty units are:

  • Aviation Unit
  • Dive Team
  • HDT (Hazardous Devices Team)
  • Honor Guard
  • Hostage Negotiations Team
  • Marine Unit
  • Mounted Patrol and Posse
  • SWAT
  • K9 Unit
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Traffic Enforcement Unit
  • Motors Unit

Sheriff Gary S. Borders[edit]

Sheriff Gary S. Borders

Gary Borders was sworn in as Lake County's elected sheriff in January 2009. Before that, he served the remaining term of Chris C. Daniels after Daniels was killed in a school bus accident during a charity bus race at New Smyrna Beach Speedway in October 2006. Sheriff Borders began his career as a corrections officer with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Prior to his appointment as sheriff, he served as chief deputy of Criminal Justice Operations at the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Career path[edit]

Slain officers[edit]

Name Date Notes
Bob C. Wilcox 4 July 1919 Gunshot
Jean Estelle Daugharty 24 January 1993 Automobile accident
William James "Bill" Marie 19 March 1994 Aircraft accident
Wayne J. Koester 9 February 2005 Gunshot
Christopher Cooper Daniels, Sr. 14 October 2006 Automobile accident*



In 1949, the Groveland Case resulted four black men being charged with rape of a white woman. Sheriff Sheriff Willis V. McCall shot two of the men while they were in custody. Another was killed in questionable circumstances. The last man was sentenced to death but commuted to life by the Florida governor.

In January 2011, Lieutenant C.J. Thompson bought a laptop computer with a department credit card. He then repaid the amount due from investigative funds. He resigned when he was caught.[2]

In July 2012, unnamed deputies were seeking a man suspected of murder. They went to the wrong house at night and were met by an armed homeowner whom they killed. The deputies said they had not announced themselves as police as required by procedures.[3]

In January 2014, Deputy Matthew Donnelly was arrested for the sexual battery of a woman after placing her boyfriend in handcuffs in the back of his police car. A police spokesman said DNA evidence pointed to Donnelly.[4] The officer was fired shortly after his arrest.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Officer Down Memorial Page, 15 July 2014
  2. ^ Former Lake deputy arrested after confessing to paying for son's laptop with agency credit card, by Erica Rodriguez, 8 January 8, 2013 Orlando Sentinel
  3. ^ Deputies shoot, kill man after knocking on wrong door; FDLE looking into deputy-involved shooting 16 July 2012,
  4. ^ Lake County deputy accused of sexually battering woman during traffic stop; Dash camera was turned off for 22 minutes, officials say, by Rikki Klaus, 23 January 2014,
  5. ^ Lake County deputy charged with sexual battery to be fired; by Dave DeMarco, 23 January 2014, accessed 22 November 2014
  6. ^ Trial continued for Lake County deputy accused of sexual battery; by Tyler Shepard, 27 October 2014, accessed 22 November 2014

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