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 325,875 (2015)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Tavares, FL
Sworn members 514
Unsworn members 260
Agency executives
  • Peyton C. Grinnell, Sheriff
  • Jerry K. Craig, Chief Deputy
Substations 3
Jails 1
Helicopters 3 Ex-Army OH-58As
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

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 Peyton C. Grinnell who was elected November, 2016 in the Lake County general election. He succeeds Sheriff Gary Borders, who was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush following the death of Sheriff Chris Daniels in 2006, and was subsequently elected in 2008, and 2012. The agency has been 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, Traffic Enforcement, Street Crimes Unit, Report Writers)
  • Criminal Investigations Bureau (Property Crimes, Missing Persons, Economic Crimes, Violent Crimes, Special Victims Unit, Crime Scene Investigations, Evidence, Fingerprints)
  • Special Investigations Bureau (Intelligence Unit, Sexual Offender Tracking Unit, Narcotics Unit, Homeland Security Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit, Felony Registration)

Criminal Justice Operations

  • Court Services Bureau (Court Deputies, Bailiff Unit, Building Security)
  • Detention Security Bureau (Detention Deputies, Building Security)
  • Support Services Bureau (Booking, Classification, Fugitive Extradition, Transportation)

Administrative Services

  • Emergency Management Bureau (Ag/Marine, Animal Enforcement Officers, Aviation, Emergency Management)
  • Special Services Bureau (9-1-1 Communications, Information Technology, School Resource Deputies, Radio/Electronics Shop, Juvenile Court Liaison, Criminal Justice Academy, Explorer Post 60, School Crossing Guards, Citizens On Patrol, 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 (Underwater Search and Recovery)
  • HDT (Hazardous Devices Team)
  • Honor Guard
  • Hostage Negotiations Team
  • K9 Unit
  • Marine Unit
  • Mounted Patrol and Posse
  • SWAT
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • Traffic Enforcement Unit (Motors Unit)

Previous Sheriff's (1887-2006)[1][2][edit]

Name Date
Chris Daniels, Sr. 2005-2006
Fred A.M. Cobb 2004
J.M. "Buddy" Phillips 2004
George E. Knupp, Jr. 1989-2004
Noel E. Griffin, Jr. 1981-1988
Malcom McCall 1977-1980
Guy C. Bliss 1973-1976
Frank Meech 1972
Willis V. McCall 1945-1972
Emil Yde 1944-1945
B.A. Cassidy* 1937-1944
W.B. Gibson 1933-1936
B.A Cassidy* 1921-1933
T.C. "Thad" Smyth 1913-1920
Henry E. Murhee 1909-1913
Jesse W. Hunter 1908
Henry E. Murhee 1905-1908
J.W. Northrup 1897-1905
John P. Galloway* 1887-1897
  • Sheriff B.A. Cassidy also served as interim Sheriff from 1908-1909[1]
  • Sheriff John P. Galloway also Served as Sheriff of Sumter County, Florida and later Marion County, Florida[2]

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 February 2004, Sheriff George E. Knupp Jr., was removed from office by then Governor Jeb Bush, after an indictment on a perjury charge. Two interim Sheriff's served the remainder of his term appointed by Bush, until the elections of 2004 when Sheriff's Maj. Chris Daniels was elected Sheriff in a hotly contested race.

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.[4]

In July 2012, unnamed deputies were seeking a man suspected of murder. They went to the wrong apartment door at night and were met by an armed occupant who came out armed and was shot and killed. Drugs and Paraphernalia were found in the apartment. The deputies said they had not announced themselves as police as required by procedures.[5]

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.[6] The officer was fired shortly after his arrest.,[7][8] Donnelly was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b From Historical Sheriff's Office Display - Lake County Historical Museum, 317 W. Main St. Tavares, FL 32778
  2. ^ a b "Sheriff John P. Galloway by Bill Bond, Orlando Sentinel". 
  3. ^ Officer Down Memorial Page, 15 July 2014
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Deputies shoot, kill man after knocking on wrong door; FDLE looking into deputy-involved shooting 16 July 2012,
  6. ^ 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,
  7. ^ Lake County deputy charged with sexual battery to be fired; by Dave DeMarco, 23 January 2014, accessed 22 November 2014
  8. ^ Trial continued for Lake County deputy accused of sexual battery; by Tyler Shepard, 27 October 2014, accessed 22 November 2014

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