Community Relations Division
The job of the Community Relations Division is to promote a mutually respectful working relationship between law enforcement and the citizens that we serve. This is accomplished through community contacts, community education presentations, and through our work with the youth of our county as School Resource Officers.
We currently have 4 full-time Deputies assigned to the Community Relations Division. These Deputies work primarily within the 12 schools that make up the Levy County school system by providing law enforcement services, security, educational opportunities, counseling, mentoring, and by acting as positive role models for the students. Each S.R.O. is assigned to one or more schools within an individual community. This allows the S.R.O. to become an integral part of the schools and community and to develop a working relationship with the school's administrators, staff, students, and their families. One example of this is the annual Levy County School Safety Patrol Washington D.C. trip. For the last 20 years the Levy County Sheriff's Office has sponsored this educational trip and has provided Deputies to accompany the students and their families as they travel to experience our nation's capitol. In response to the ever changing potential threats to our schools from within and abroad, the Levy County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Division has taken a proactive role in the security of our schools and students. This has been accomplished by the development of school security response plans which are regularly tested, updated, and evaluated through drills conducted by the Community Relations Division S.R.O.'s.
In addition to working within the schools, the Community Relations Division Deputies also provide many other services to the citizens of Levy County such as Crime Prevention Services, setting up Neighborhood Watch Programs and by providing educational and informational programs to community groups.
One such program is the Levy County Teen Driver Improvement Program which was funded through a grant provided by the Florida Department of Transportation. This program was developed by the Levy County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Division in response to an increase in the number of teen involved crashes involving Levy County youth. This program has been very well received within our county, has received special recognition from the F.D.O.T., and has been recommended by some to become a model program for the state. The success of this program has prompted the Community Relations Division to develop the Realities of Driving Program which is a similar driver education program designed as a wake up call for adult drivers. Although the grant funding period for these programs has ended, the Levy County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Division is committed to continuing these important programs.
If you would like more information about the Community Relations Division or any of the programs and services that we provide, please contact the Levy County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Division at 352-486-5111 ext. 275