School Safety Division
School Safety Division
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 Lawrence Wynn. The school protection supervisor is Sgt. Joey Mooneyham
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.
Lieutenant Lawrence J. Wynn
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 was the School Protection Deputy at South Sumter High School from November 2003 -2018.
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. In 2019 Wynn was promoted to Lieutenant over the School Protection Deputies.
Sergeant Joey Mooneyham
Sgt. Mooneyham began his law enforcement career in 1996 as a corrections officer in the Sumter County Detention Center while also working as a reserve law enforcement officer for the Bushnell Police Department. Sgt. Mooneyham has worked law enforcement in Sumter County for 22 years total.
Sgt. Mooneyham worked 6 years at both Center Hill and Bushnell Police Departments (3 years each). He then returned to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in 2003 as a road patrol deputy. Sgt. Mooneyham worked as a school resource officer for 4 years and as a property crimes detective for 3 years. He recently worked in the Community Outreach Division for 2 years, working in youth programs such as the Teen Citizen Academy, Caruth Camp (summer camps), Deputy Friendly (spending time with and reading to children), Derby Day and other Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch fundraisers.
Sgt. Mooneyham earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice (Summa Cum Laude) from Purdue University. He currently has 180 college credit hours, working toward his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice (Hopefully through The "U" University of Miami). Sgt. Mooneyham enjoys attending church and spending time with his family.
South Sumter High School - Deputy Josh Greenwood
Deputy Sheriff Joshua Greenwood has worked in law enforcement since 1998, starting at Lake Correctional Institution before moving to the Lake County Sheriff's Office and now currently with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office since 2001. Deputy Greenwood has served in the capacity of Road Patrol Deputy, Crime Scene Technician and Detective. Deputy Greenwood also has prior School Resource Officer experience as he served as such at South Sumter Middle School from 2004-2011. During this time he received recognition as School Related Employee of the Year and district finalist in 2005-2006.
Deputy Greenwood possesses his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration with post graduate work in progress. Deputy Greenwood is a 1997 graduate of South Sumter High School where he currently is assigned.
Wildwood Middle High School - Deputy Michael Callaway
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 Protection Deputy 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. In 2019, Deputy Callaway completed training designating him a Florida School Resource Officer Specialist, he is one of 3 in the School Safety Division to earn that designation.
The Villages Charter High School - Deputy Caleb Ross
Deputy C. Ross began his Law Enforcement career in 2008 at the Sumter County Detention Center, where he worked in Corrections for 6 years. In 2014, Deputy C. Ross became dual-certified and transferred to Road Patrol, and served for 3 years as a Road Patrol Deputy and later Field Training Officer, before being selected as the School Protection Deputy for The Villages High School. Deputy C. Ross obtained his Law Enforcement and Corrections Certification from Withlacoochee Technical College, during which time he was awarded the Highest Academic Achievement Award.
School Protection Float Deputy-
Deputy Rob Hansen
Deputy R. Hansen is the Float School Protection Deputy. He has been employed by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office since February of 2010. Deputy Hansen began his career as a correction officer with the Florida Department of Corrections (Sumter Correctional Institution) February of 2004. While he was employed with Sumter Correction Institution, Deputy Hansen was a prisoner work squad officer, a member of the honor guard, and assisted in the capture of an escaped prisoner. Deputy Hansen also obtained his CJSTC instructor certificate along with his firearm instructor certificate and assisted in teaching in-service training.
In February 2010, Deputy Hansen began his employment with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office as a detention deputy. During his tour at the detention center, Detention Hansen taught in-service to the detention center staff, worked as a weekend work detail officer, and became a member of the Sheriff's Office Honor Guard. January 2014, Deputy Hansen entered into a law enforcement crossover class, where he became a duel certified, serving the citizens of Sumter County.
South Sumter Middle School-Deputy Bolling
Lake Panasoffkee Elementary-
Deputy Becky Pursley
Deputy Pursley moved to Sumter County in 1995, as a child, when her fathers career as a Federal Law Enforcement officer brought us to the area after multiple transfers across the country. Deputy Pursley graduated from South Sumter High School 2001. In April 2006, she decided to follow in her fathers footsteps and began her career at the Sumter County Sheriffs Office as a 911 call taker in the Communications Division.
In August 2006, she was promoted to the position of dispatcher and became a Certified Training Officer for telecommunications shortly after. She was later certified by the state of Florida as a 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator. She worked as a dispatcher and telecommunications trainer until she was promoted to a shift supervisor.
In 2015, she made the decision to attend the Basic Recruit Academy and cross over from a civilian employee, within the sheriffs office, to a sworn law enforcement office. In January 2016 she was sworn in as a deputy sheriff, where she served in the Road Patrol division. While serving in the road patrol division, she assisted both the Criminal Investigations Unit and the Special Investigations Unit with multiple special operations. In January 2018, she transferred to the School Safety Division where she now works diligently to protect the students and staff of Lake Panasoffkee Elementary.
Sumter PREP Academy - Deputy Jeremy Williams
Deputy Williams joined the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in January 2008, he was born and raised in Ocala,Florida where he graduated from Lake Weir High School, The College of Central Florida, and went on to graduate from The University Of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. Deputy Williams has been a School Protection Deputy for over three years having spent time as the Protection Deputy at The Villages Charter High School and he is now proudly serving as the School Protection Deputy for Sumter Prep Academy.
Bushnell Elementary School - Deputy Christopher Lightcap
Deputy Lightcap joined the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in February 2010. During that time he has been a patrol deputy and a Crime Scene Specialist. He was also has been a Field Training Officer. Recently, Lightcap completed the necessary requirements to advance to Master Deputy Status and is currently attending Saint Petersburg College to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. Lightcap strives to take on every position assigned with pride and dedication and will apply the same efforts while performing my duties as a School Protection Deputy at the Bushnell Elementary School. During the 2018-19 school-year, Deputy Lightcap was assigned to perform the duty as a School Protection Deputy at the Bushnell Elementary School. He is looking forward to be a resourceful Deputy within the agency and allowing him to be a positive role model for the children within Sumter County.
The Villages Primary School - Deputy Dennis Henry
Deputy D. Henry is a lifelong resident of Florida. Henry began his career in 2015 where he worked for Sanibel Police Department as a Police Aide. During this time he develop a passion for helping the community.
When Henry began his career with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office he worked on the Road Patrol Division as a Patrol Deputy. Most recently he joined the School Safety Division, working as a School Protection Deputy. Deputy Henry hopes to be a positive role model his students.
Wildwood Elementary School - Deputy James Fowler
I began my career in law enforcement in 2009, where I have worked for both The Florida Department of Corrections at Lowell C.I. and Marion Sheriff's Office as a correctional officer. I have been with the Sumter County Sheriff's office for two and a half years. I became a School Resource Officer to help with the protection of the children to have a safe place to learn. I have four children of my own and love being active in their school work and extra curricular activities. I plan on using this help the children have a fun and safe place to learn
The Villages 4th & 5th Grade Center - Deputy Blair Rutz
Deputy Rutz has been employed with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office since 2012. During that time he has served with the Road Patrol Division, as a Bailiff in the Sumter County Courthouse, and also in the capacity of a Civil Deputy in the Civil and Warrants Division. Deputy Rutz has currently joined The Villages Charter School as the School Protection Deputy for the 4th and 5th grade Center. Deputy Rutz has enjoyed his time as an SRO and hopes he is a Positive influence for his Communities youth.
The Villages Intermediate School - Deputy Jean Silva
Deputy Silva has been with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office for 1.5 years now. I'm a former graduate, class of 2013 from The Villages Charter High school. I decided to become a School Protection Deputy because it gives me the opportunity to give back to the community. I am currently enrolled in Lake Sumter State College pursing my general associates degree. I am excited and looking forward to working with the teaching staff and the students this school year. One important thing I strongly believe in is 'If you see something, say something'.
The Villages Middle School - Deputy Holly Eckstein
DS Holly Eckstein Deputy Eckstein grew up in Citrus County, Florida, with two younger sisters. She played volleyball and softball throughout school and was in the Sheriffâ€™s Office Explorer Post training to become a deputy at a young age. Deputy Eckstein graduated from Lecanto High School, and then obtained her Associates Degree from the College of Central Florida. While going to community college she was a substitute teacher, coached little league girls softball, and worked as a camp counselor for the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches. Deputy Eckstein furthered her education at Florida Gulf Coast University where she obtained my Bachelorâ€™s Degree in the education field. She went through the police academy at Withlacoochee Technical Institute and was hired by the Sumter County Sheriffâ€™s Office in October of 2014. During her career with the Sheriff's Office, she has been assigned to the road patrol division and currently serve on the Sheriff's Honor Guard and most recently the School Safety Division.
Webster Elementary School- Deputy Andy Shepherd
DS Andy Shepherd Deputy Shepherd began his career in 2006 after completing his Law Enforcement Certificate at Withlacoochee Criminal Academy in Inverness, FL. He began his career at Center Hill, Florida as an Officer where he worked for one year. He was hired on with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in June 2007. During his time with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office he has served as a Road Patrol Deputy, a Detective in the Special Investigations Squad and he is a semi-truck driver for the Mobile Command Center as well as a spotter for the Aviation Unit. In 2017-18 school year Deputy Shepherd was responsible for all Elementary Schools, now Deputy Shepherd works at Webster Elementary School.
School Protection K-9 Deputy - Deputy William Lamb & Rio
DS Bill Lamb Deputy W. Lamb is a K-9 handler with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and has worked for them for 16 years. He has trained and worked 3 separate K-9's while employed at the agency; Red (bloodhound), Chloe (bloodhound) and most recently Rio. When he is not working he enjoys bike riding, spending time with his family and taking care of his K-9's working and retired. Deputy Lamb joined the School Safety Division beginning the 2018-19 school year as a specialized K-9 unit.
Rio is a 2 year old Vizsla/German Short Haired Pointer mix dog. He was ship over to the United States from Hungary by a local dog training business. Rio is trained for Explosive Detection. Rio and Deputy Lamb moved to an SPD spot starting the 2018/2019 school year. They will be going school to school working together to keep the Sumter County Schools safer by utilizing Rio and having extra patrols at the schools.
To learn more about the function of school resource officers you can visit the National Association of School Resource Officers Website.