The Victim's Advocate(s) are assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. The Advocate(s) ensure victims receive the counseling and compensation that many crime victims are entitled to receive.
Victims of crimes need comfort during times of emotional stress. Our victim advocates work as a support system to victims, survivors, and their families following traumatic events. They are dedicated to providing members of our community with the emotional support and guidance needed during times of distress.
Our staff member(s) are professional Victim Services Practitioners. The Florida Office of the Attorney General created the Practitioner Designation standard in 1995 in order to assure a professional level of education and knowledge for victim services providers. To maintain this designation, ongoing advanced training, including seminars, workshops, and conferences is required.
Our Victim Advocate- Melissa Merritt can be reached by calling 352-569-1623 or through dispatch after hours 352-793-2621
Resources available to Sumter County residents can be found here: Sumter County Resources