Professional Standards & Community Engagement

This 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.