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On May 7, 2006, at approximately 1:01PM, the body of 30 year old Robert Lee Preston was discovered in a wooded area off of Interstate 75 in Sumter County. The victim's death was determined to be a homicide as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. He had pre...


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Sheriff William O. Farmer Thank you for visiting the Sumter County Sheriff's Office website.

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 over 115,000 people. Sumter County is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the state of Florida and the United States.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is founded on the principles of integrity, respect, honesty, and caring for others. With a staff of over 300 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.

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

Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that the Florida Model Jail Standards Review Committee will hold a meeting to which all interested persons are invited. Anyone wishing to record the meeting may do so but must provide their own equipment

Date and Time:

The meeting will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019, at 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Place: WaterFront Inn
Lake Sumter Landing
1105 Lakeshore Drive
The Villages, FL 32162
1-800-756-0961- (Please contact the hotel for their rates).

Purpose: To discuss a new purposed standard relating to medical supplies, issues and concerns involving the minimum standards and operations of Florida's county and municipal jails.

Please be advised that the Florida Model Jail Standards may be obtained by contacting the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Accreditation Inspector James Aguiar, Jr., or in person at 7361 Powell Road, Wildwood, Florida 34875. All inquiries may be made by calling 352-569-1600.

Inspector James Aguiar, Jr. CJM, CAP
Accreditation Inspector
Sumter County Sheriff's Office
7361 Powell Road
Wildwood, Florida 34875
352-571-0651-Cell Phone - Email


2019 National Night Out

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This is the 3rd National Night Out hosted in Sumter County by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. National Night Out is an annual community building campaign. We hope you'll join us in making this a success. It will be held Oct. 1, 2019 at the Sumterville Campus of Lake Sumter State College. At this time we are looking for local businesses who would like to participate. If you are interested please complete the registration below.


The Villages Homeowners Association has released a very informative golf cart safety video. You can view the video at this link.

Recent Photo Galleries

21st Annual Sheriff Bill Farmer's Golf Tournament
June 1st, 2019
 Derby Day 2019
May 4th, 2019

Recent Press Releases

September 18th, 2019 - Introduction of Contraband Arrest

September 16th, 2019 - Update Homicide

September 15th, 2019 - Homicide Investigation

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Sheriff's Office Accreditation

CFLEA and CALEA Logos 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!

AlertSumter Emergency Notification System

AlertSumter Website Sumter County, effective October 1st, 2017, will begin utilizing AlertSumter. AlertSumter will replace the CodeRED Emergency Notification System. AlertSumter will be the new 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!

Vial of Life Program

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.