As your local law enforcement agency, we will continue to be a source of trustworthy information as it is our duty to protect our community.
We are closely monitoring the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are in constant communication with state and local officials. We are taking the proper precautions based on the guidance from public health experts and the CDC while interacting with others. For those of you with loved ones within our jail, video visitation will continue until directed otherwise.
However, we do ask for your cooperation when calling emergency services to alert them when you are experiencing symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus so we can respond appropriately.
In an effort to reduce unnecessary physical contact, we will be handling many non-emergency calls over the telephone. Some examples of calls that can be handled via the telephone include but are not limited to:
To make a report over the phone or have questions regarding these changes please call:
- Petty Theft
- Past occurred neighborhood dispute
- Lost property
- Property damage
- Fraudulent use of credit cards
District 1: 941-475-9005
District 2: 941-613-3245
District 3: 941-258-3900
District 4: 941-639-2101
To self report a traffic crash that does not include the following, please visit https://www.flhsmv.gov/traffic-crash-reports/#report.
- Commercial vehicles
- Hit and Runs
- Vehicles that need to be towed
In addition, the following temporary measures are also being taken:
- We will be suspending fingerprinting services for the public.
- We are suspending all public demonstrations such as K-9 and SWAT.
- The Citizen’s Police Academy is postponed.
- All upcoming agency events have been cancelled or postponed.
We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation during this time. These precautions are temporary and all programs will resume when circumstances allow.
“My staff and I will remain focused on maintaining the safety and security within the community. I urge you to take the time to check on your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or with underlying conditions. By taking these precautions we are hoping to do our part in eliminating the spread of COVID-19.”Sheriff Bill Prummell
We urge you to practice everyday preventive actions such as staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.
Unfortunately, during times of crisis, there are those who prey on fear and uncertainty. Here are a few tips to keep scammers at bay:
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges, prescriptions or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19 — online or in stores.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation and never make donations in forms of gift cards or money wiring.
We encourage you to learn how to protect yourself and others by visiting the following websites for up to date and credible information regarding COVID-19.