Sumter County was created by the Florida legislature on January 8, 1853 and was once part of Marion County. Known for its simple beauty, much of what is now eastern Sumter County was part of the original Seminole Indian reservation established under the Treaty of Moultrie in 1824, and was named after Revolutionary War hero General Thomas Sumter. Today, Sumter County is one of the fastest growing counties in Florida, encompasses 580 square miles, and is home to nearly 100,000 people.
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is founded on the principles of integrity, respect, honesty, and caring for others. With a staff of over 270 dedicated men and women, we are committed to providing professional law enforcement services through a well-trained staff, technology, crime prevention and a results-oriented, proactive approach to public safety. In 2010, the FBI Uniform Crime Report showed that Sumter County was one of the safest counties in Florida; something we all can be proud of.
We care about our community. We are continuously seeking out opportunities to partner with the public and to maintain an open dialogue with those we serve. By doing so, together, we make Sumter County a great place to live, work and play. I hope you find the information on this site helpful and thank you for allowing us to serve you.
William O. "Bill" Farmer, Jr.
Sheriff, Sumter County, Florida
This year's tournament was held on June 15, 2013 at the Evans Prairie Golf Course in The Villages, FL. The tournament was a success and we reached our goal again. The money raised is earmarked for the youth of Sumter County. You can view photos from the event here.
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office has released a composite of the murder victim near the SR-44 and I-75 interchange in Wildwood. Read the official press release here. For the updated BOLO, click here.
Read about Deputy Sheriff Ayala's outstanding performance and her award by clicking on the image or here.
A message from Sheriff Farmer about golf cart safety.
Synopsis: On February 19, 1971, the body of a white female homicide victim was discovered under the Lake Panasoffkee Bridge at Interstate 75 in Sumter County. The victim has never been identified ... (Click on the picture for more)
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. and recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Click here to read more about it!
Sumter County has implemented the CodeRED Emergency Notification System - an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of Sumter County in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child or evacuation notices). Read more and sign up today!
The 'Vial Of Life' program is designed to provide needed information to emergency personnel in situations where you are unable to do so. To learn how you can participate click here.