The Sumter County Sheriff's Office school safety division is charged with providing safety and security to all schools within Sumter County. Our mission is to protect our most precious resource, which are the children of Sumter County. The school safety division is headed by Lieutenant Reace Thompson. The school protection supervisor is Sgt. Lawrence Wynn
In 2018, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School safety act mandated that all schools in the state of Florida have a protection deputy assigned to them. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office has not only met that mandate but has exceeded it by not only providing school protection deputies to all of the thirteen schools that are within Sumter County but has assigned two additional deputies to the unit including a trained K-9 which is capable of detecting explosives. These deputies act as an added resource for enhanced school protection throughout the county, thus ensuring that there is a high level of security maintained in all Sumter County schools. By adding these resources, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office can provide our children with a safe and secure learning environment.
To contact your School Protection Deputy please call the school office during normal school hours.
To learn more about the function of school resource officers you can visit the National Association of School Resource Officers Website.