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Office of Professional Standards

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Captain L. Simmons

The Chief Inspector is in charge of the Office of Professional Standards and reports directly to the Sheriff. The Office of Professional Standards performs the following functions:

  • Internal Affairs
  • Staff Inspections/Audits

Citizen Comments/Concerns

Citizen Complaint/Commendation Form - The form can be viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader and then printed. You may also scan and email the form or come to the lobby to pick up the form.

It is essential that the citizens of Alachua County have confidence in their Sheriff's Office and the administration which supervises the exercise of police authority. This mandates that procedures for investigating and resolving all concerns and allegations of misconduct be instituted.

Although citizen comments are frequently based upon misunderstandings of the law or established law enforcement procedures, they are of great concern and can lead to a mistrust of law enforcement if not investigated or explained. All citizens are encouraged to bring forward legitimate comments, concerns, commendations and/or grievances regarding ACSO employees.

 

 

Internal Affairs

One function of this Office is to provide fact-finding assistance to the Sheriff and her staff by providing a systematic, objective and impartial method of investigating concerns regarding employee misconduct.

Inspectors assigned the Internal Affairs function are responsible for conducting Administrative Investigations arising from allegations of employee misconduct or lack of performance, criminal investigations, use of deadly force incidents, and any matter as directed by the Sheriff.

All complaints received against the ACSO or any employee will be documented, investigated and resolved by established procedures.

Investigation Findings

When the investigation or inquiry is completed, the employee in charge of the investigation shall classify his/her findings as follows:

  • Unfounded - The act or acts complained of did not occur or did not involve ACSO personnel.
  • Not-sustained - Insufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation/complaint.
  • Sustained - The preponderance of evidence clearly proves the allegation/complaint.
  • Exonerated - The act or acts did occur, but were justified, lawful and proper.
  • Exonerated due to policy failure - A finding or conclusion that present policy, procedure, rule or regulation covering the situation was non-existent or inadequate.

Staff Inspections

The function of Staff Inspections is to provide fact finding assistance to the Sheriff. Staff Inspections should provide a systematic, objective review of office facilities, equipment, personnel administration and operational activities outside the normal supervisory and line inspection procedures. The primary purpose of Staff Inspections is to ensure sound operating procedures within the Sheriff's Office are being followed, to detect and correct deficiencies, and recommend new and improved methods or procedures.

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General Counsel

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General Counsel C. Weygant

The General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel to the Sheriff, Sheriff's Office command staff, and employees in a variety of legal areas, including (but not limited to) the duties, responsibilities, and authority of the Sheriff; criminal law; constitutional law; public records law; and labor and employment law. The General Counsel also conducts forfeiture litigation, reviews and drafts contracts and mutual aid agreements, and provides legal updates on case law and new legislation.

 

The General Counel is not a legal advisor for the General Public. Citizens can refer to the State website for guidance at www.myflorida.gov

 

 

 

 

 

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Public Information Office

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Sgt. Becky Butscher

The Public Information Office is a conduit for the most up-to-date information provided to the public concerning all matters relating to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

The Public Information Office often responds to citizen requests for information. Pro-active coverage of major events, arrests, and unusual situations occurring within the scope of law enforcement work are provided as events unfold.

In addition, the Public Information Office is responsible for producing the Crime Stoppers funded "North Central Florida's Most Wanted." The Office maintains the news/media and crime prevention portions of the ACSO website, and produces educational literature and presents crime prevention programs.

Hours of Operation

After hour requests, on weekends, or during observed holidays for public records, can be fulfilled by speaking with the on-duty shift commander. Please remember, a Public Information Officer (PIO) is always on call for emergencies, significant breaking news events, or matters of importance. The below listed information is to be used as a guide for the media in their acquisition of information from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Normal working hours and After Hours Emergency Contact for the Public Information Office are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to contact the Public Information Office can do so by dialing the secretary at (352) 367-4050. The Alachua County Sheriff's Office lead PIO, Sgt. Becky Butscher, can be reached during normal business hours at (352) 367-4041. After-hours and on weekends or holidays, please contact a Watch Commander at (352) 955-1818.

With breaking news stories, a PIO will be notified by the shift commander and will be asked to handle all media requests. Please do not contact the shift commander with requests during these incidents, rather contact the Communications Operations Bureau at (352) 955-1818 and have the on-duty PIO return your call.

Media Log

ACSO has provided a kiosk in the lobby that is the sole source for the media log for any and all news agencies. Please contact the Public Information Office for a User Name and Password.

Social Media Sites -

Visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alachua-County-Sheriff/127800077278 and You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/alachuasheriff and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AlachuaSheriff

Booking Log

The booking log is generated by the records staff at the ACSO Department of the Jail, located at 3333 NE 39 Avenue. The log is posted in the DOJ lobby usually around 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The log is a listing of anyone who has been brought into the DOJ for booking or processing for the Juvenile Assessment Center. The log will contain the following:

In the case of a juvenile being booked or processed by the DOJ, an entry of "Confidential Juvenile" will be stamped in the name section of the log. This will also be true for people who meet the Marchman criteria and are housed in the DOJ. "Confidential Marchman" will be stamped in the name section of the log.

Many times a Capias or Warrant is documented on the log. This does not constitute an on-view arrest. Look at the Capias or Warrant number. Provide this number to the record's staff to determine who the initiating agency was and when the document was issued.

If you wish to receive a copy of the arrest paperwork or photograph of the person, copy the jail number and name down and provide it to the lobby staff. When time permits, a record's technician will process your request and provide you with the information. Please provide all of the needed information along with your phone number to the records staff. They can be reached at (352) 491-4444. Please understand that due to their workload, you may experience a delay.

Payment must be made at time of request.

Color Picture $3.25
Black/white picture $1.00
paperwork $1.00 per page

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Trauma Intervention & Special Services Bureau

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Bureau Chief L. Knudson

Trauma Intervention and Special Services Bureau (TISSB) was established by Sheriff Darnell in 2007. The Bureau name was born out of the Sheriff's vision to enhance existing services and promote innovative services for vulnerable victim populations.

Trauma is defined as any physical wound or injury; an emotional shock following a stressful event; distressing, emotionally disturbing. Trauma is understood to be an almost universal experience of crime victims and law enforcement. Traumatic experiences can include being physically attacked, being in an automobile crash, being sexually assaulted, being a victim of partner violence and being a witness to violence. The need to address trauma is increasingly recognized as essential for quality of life.

Intervention means to interfere, to come between so as to prevent or modify the result or course of events. TISSB works to lessen the burden that comes with exposure to violence and traumatic episodes.

The Bureau is comprised of a Bureau Chief and four victim advocates. The Bureau Chief works on special projects for the Sheriff's Office to address unmet needs related to victimization. Advocates of the Victim Services Unit respond to victims of violent crime and family survivors in cases of violent and sudden death. Advocates also act as a liaison between the criminal justice system and the victim/survivor. Bureau staff serve as community ambassadors by creating partnerships with local agencies and task forces that ensure coordinated service to vulnerable populations.

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For more information contact the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Public Information Bureau, (352) 367-4050 or send us an email.

Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

This information is made available to the public and law enforcement in the interest of public safety.