The Sumter County Sheriff's Office has four School Resource Officers who serve as the liaison between the Sheriff's Office and the schools, providing law enforcement services as well as ensuring a safe school atmosphere by assisting in the administration of school rules and policies. By combining law enforcement, education, and counseling, they provide a pro-active approach that encourages school safety and deters juvenile delinquency.
To contact your School's Resource Officer please call the school office during normal school hours.
Deputy Wynn has been employed at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office since June 1997. During that time he has served with the Road Patrol Division and SWAT team, and has been the School Resource Officer at South Sumter High School since November 2003.
His work has been recognized by having been awarded the MADD Top DUI Enforcement Award for Sumter County in 2002, the LifeStream Law Enforcement Officer Special Recognition Award in 2004, and the Sumter County Schools Non-Instruction Person of the Year Award for the 2006-2007 school year.
Deputy Michael Callaway has been employed with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office since 2003. He has served with the Road patrol, Detective Bureau, Community Relations and Traffic Divisions before becoming the School Resource Officer at Wildwood Middle High School in 2016, where he graduated in 1994. Deputy Callaway is certified by the Florida Attorney Generals Office as a Crime Prevention Practitioner. Deputy Callaway is the only Deputy to hold the Practitioner Designation at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office at this time.
Deputy Higgins began learning about law enforcement at an early age when he joined the police explorers in high school. The explorers program gave him the information he needed and decided to choose a career in law enforcement. After graduating from The College of Central Florida with his law enforcement certificate, he began his career with the Leesburg Police Department. He received officer of the month twice and three exceptional notices from the Chief of Police for his dedication and service to the community. In 2010, he joined the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Higgins was part of the road patrol division until 2013 when he became a School Resource Deputy. While in school resource, he was awarded the “Outstanding Program Support” award from SpeakOut and has earned his School Resource Officer Specialist certification from the Florida Attorney General’s Office. His current assignment is The Villages High School..
In 2004, Deputy Garrity began her career as a State Correctional Officer at Lowell Annex-Women Prison. She was then employed by Marion County Sheriff's office in 2006. Deputy Garrity worked as a Detention Deputy and was promoted to Corporal Deputy in 2007. In 2009, she transferred to the State Juvenile Detention Center and became certified as a Juvenile Detention Deputy. Within a few years, Deputy Garrity decided to advance her career and received her dual certification in law enforcement.
Deputy Garrity has been employed at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office since June 2010. During that time, she served with the Detention Division, Classification/Warrant Division and the Road Patrol Division. She also worked in the specialty unit of FTO (Field Training Officer) before joining the Villages Charter School as a School Resource Officer in 2013. In 2013, Deputy Garrity was recognized, having been awarded the Sheriff's Exceptional Achievement and Valor Award. In 2015, she received the SRO Specialist Certificate issued by the Office of the Attorney General Florida Crime Prevention Institute.
Master Deputy Scofield began his law enforcement career in 2004 after an eight-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, exiting at the rank of Sergeant with an Honorable Discharge. Upon graduating from the law enforcement academy at the Kenneth Bragg Center in June 2005, he spent a year at the Center Hill Police Department before joining the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in May 2006. He served the community as a Road Patrol Deputy as well as Crime Scene Technician and Field Training Deputy. Master Deputy Scofield was on the Sheriff's Office Honor Guard team for 8 years. He has been the School Resource Deputy at South Sumter Middle School since May 2011.
Deputy Warren services Lake Panasoffkee, Bushnell, Webster and Wildwood Elementary schools. Deputy Warren has 15 years experience in law enforcement.
She was worked 2 years as an SRO, 7 years as an investigator, and 6 years on road patrol.
To learn more about the function of school resource officers you can visit the National Association of School Resource Officers Website.