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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


Derby Day The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is hosting our Third Annual Derby Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019. This event benefits The Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches and will take place at The Polo Field in The Villages. Event will be held from 2-7pm with gates opening at 1pm. This event will include: dinner, entertainment, silent auction, live auction, 50/50 drawing and hat contest. For more information contact Beth Hunt.


Golf ball and tee This year's tournament to be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Tierra Del Sol Golf & Country Club in The Villages, FL. For more information or to participate please see the forms below.

TEEN CITIZEN ACADEMY-JUNE 10TH-14TH (Bushnell) & JULY 15TH-18TH (Wildwood)

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The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is proud to host our third annual Teen Citizen's Academy.

This year there are a total of 40 spots available (20 for each class max).

It will be held June 10-14, 2019, 8:00 AM -4:00 PM (Bushnell) and July 15-19, 2018, 8:00 AM-4:00PM (Wildwood).

If you would like your teen (13-17 years old) to attend, please fill out the forms and submit them to:

Sumter County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Michelle Keszey
7361 Powell Rd, Wildwood, FL 34785

We will accept completed applications on a first come first serve basis, and will stop accepting them on May 6th. If you have any questions contact: Michelle Keszey at 352-569-1669 or email:


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

Recent Photo Galleries

20th Annual Sheriff Bill Farmer Golf Tournament
June 23rd, 2018
 2018 Derby Day
May 5th, 2018

Recent Press Releases

April 11th, 2019 - Narcotics Search Warrant Arrest

March 23rd, 2019 - Wildwood Overnight Shooting

March 18th, 2019 - Media Release

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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 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.