Department of Law Enforcement

The Department of Law Enforcement is comprised of the following:
  • Patrol Operations Section
  • Criminal Investigations Section
  • Special Investigations Section
  • Professional Standards and Community Engagement Section
In additon, the Department as includes speciality teams such as the Bomb Disposal Unit, Crisis Negotiation Team, Underwater Search and Recovery Team and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.
Patrol Operations Section: Includes the uniformed deputies assigned to zones throughout the county for both proactive and reactive patrols.  In addtion, support functions also fall under the command of Patrol Operations.  They include:
  • Aviation/Marine Units: Provides helicopter and fixed wing support, including air surveillance, traffic monitoring, and medivac services. Utilizes marked patrol vessels to monitor waterways and assist vessels in distress. Assists other agencies with narcotics interdiction.
  • K-9 Unit: Responds to situations requiring police dogs, which includes building and area searches, apprehension of fleeing suspects, and lost and missing person searches.
  • Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team: Responsible for assisting municipalities and unincorporated areas in combating daily street crime problems and representing the agency in various community relations and outreach activities. They are also available to assist other units by augmenting staff.
  • Traffic Enforcement Unit: Investigates motor vehicle accidents, conducts selective enforcement projects, supervises school crossing guards, operates Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit, and provides traffic and parking enforcement.
  • Reserve Deputy Unit: Volunteer law enforcement deputies supplement the regular operations of the agency by conducting close patrols on homes and businesses, providing services at special events and augmenting district patrol efforts.
  • Underwater Search and Recovery Team: Locates and recovers evidence and remains in canals, intracoastal waterways, lakes, and the ocean.
  • Bomb Disposal Unit: Stabilizes suspected explosive devises and transports them to a safe place for disposal.
  • Crisis Negotiations Team: Utilizes strategies based on established procedures in responding to and negotiating at critical incidents involving barricaded subjects or hostage situations.
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team: Responds to any situation that involves snipers, barricaded suspects, hostage taking, or any other activity beyond the capability of standard law enforcement resources.
Criminal Investigations Section: Responsible for follow-up investigations and review of all reported criminal offenses. Includes District Criminal Investigations and Special Investigations. 
  • Intelligence Led Policing Unit: Handles the analysis of crime data and reporting and collects, collates, and analyzes crime data.
  • General Investigations: Investigates crimes against persons and property. Assists victims of crimes. Executes active warrants. 
  • Economic Crimes Investigations: Investigates crimes related to finances and identity theft.
  • Crime Scene Unit: Provides technical service in the areas of crime scene processing, photography, identification, fingerprinting, and evidence collection.
Special Investigations Section: Conducts investigations of organized crime including prostitution, illegal gambling, and narcotics. Collects and analyzes criminal intelligence. Provides tactical enforcement in combating street crime problems and suppressing or reducing drug traffic.
  • Agriculture Crimes: Responsible for agriculture crimes including theft, burglary, vandalism, and trespassing. Also enforces laws related to animal industry and welfare, citrus, environmental, and forestry.
  • Auto Theft Investigations: Investigates auto and marine theft cases including V.I.N., registration, title, and speedometer fraud.
  • Organized/Street Crimes: Responsible for identifying and/or combating the criminal activities of traditional organized crime, narcotic cartels, and other organized criminal factions and for collecting and analyzing intelligence data. They have trained narcotic K-9 dogs available to assist local, state, and federal agencies. 
  • Warrant Execution: Executes active warrants in the Sheriff’s Office database. Member of this unit participate on the U.S. Marshals Task Force.
Professional Standards & Community Engagement Section: Ensures the agency maintains the highest standards in regards to training, recruiting and peer-led accreditation as well as active engagement of our community through various targeted services and programs to foster and strengthen positive relationships and partnerships.
School Resource Unit
Addresses the safety and security of students and school personnel while providing law enforcement services. Teaches prevention-based education, such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) and Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.).
Crime Prevention Unit
Conducts crime prevention efforts through community education, awareness, and involvement. Coordinates the agency's volunteer program.
  • Explorers - Chartered through the Boy Scouts of America, the program is designed for youth who are interested in a law enforcement career. Participation includes basic instruction related to law enforcement, community service, and assisting deputies in crime prevention and community service endeavors.
  • Substations - Located in the Tax Collector’s Offices at the County Administration Building in Fort Pierce and at the Village Green Shopping Center in Port St. Lucie, as well as the St. Lucie West County Annex. Provide information to the public, complete offense reports, and verify vehicle identification numbers.
Training / Recruitment Unit
Identifies qualified candidates for a career with the Sheriff's Office. Attends career/job fairs, community events. Plans, coordinates, and provides law enforcement training, career development, and continued educational opportunities for members.
Background Investigations Unit
Investigates and develops the necessary information to ensure that applicant backgrounds are fully investigated while maintaining the confidentiality of the data gathered.
Accreditation Office
Evaluates policies and procedures and determines compliance with accreditation standards based on inspections and written documentation.



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