The Patrol Division of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office is the largest and most visible division at the Sheriff's Office and is considered the backbone of the agency. It is staffed with 100 deputies responsible for delivering professional and efficient law enforcement services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In 2015, patrol deputies responded to 90,138 calls for service, affected 2,696 arrests, wrote 5,938 traffic warnings, and issued 6,834 uniform traffic citations.
The 580 square miles that comprise Sumter County are divided into four patrol districts: the Villages District, the North District, the Central District, and the South District. Each district is assigned a Patrol Lieutenant who is responsible for law enforcement operations in their assigned district. District Lieutenants are tasked with ensuring that deputies are providing professional law enforcement services that are consistent with the professional standards established by the Sheriff, and District Lieutenants are also empowered to deploy the required agency resources to address crime related issues affecting their districts.
Patrol deputies are assigned to one of four patrol squads working twelve hour shifts. Each deputy is strategically deployed throughout the county in one of ten different patrol zones, and is under the immediate supervision of a Sergeant. Two Sergeants are assigned to each patrol squad and are responsible for the direct supervision of the patrol deputies. One Sergeant is responsible for the North sector of the county and one Sergeant is responsible for the South sector of the county.
Patrol deputies do much more than respond to calls for service. They are out in the community and neighborhoods conducting preliminary investigations, performing traffic enforcement functions, making citizen contacts, and providing a visual law enforcement presence in business districts to deter criminal activity.
Deputies deliver law enforcement services through use of state of the art and technology advanced equipment. Each patrol vehicle is equipped with a Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) capable of wireless communications. MDT's allow the deputies to access local, state, and national databases for completing various inquiries of persons, vehicles, and property. The MDT also allows for the wireless transmission of reports and other job specific documents, thus improving the overall efficiency, distribution, and communication amongst the many facets of the agency.