The Support Division Commander reports directly to the Chief Deputy, supporting operations across the entire agency. The division consists of one Captain, two Lieutenants, five Sergeants, three deputies, five civilian supervisors, one civilian assistant Rangemaster and seventeen support personnel.
The division is tasked with records management, providing uniforms and equipment to all deputies, technology acquisition, special operations planning, and training all detention and law enforcement deputies to name a few.
Primarily, the Special Projects Unit (SPU) oversees technology acquisition, installation and maintenance. SPU is also tasked with special event planning, i.e. dignitary visits, strikes and large community events. The SPU is staffed with a Lieutenant, a Sergeant, a Deputy and an Administrative Assistant. The unit represents the sheriff’s office at the regional, state and national levels regarding Department of Homeland Security issues. The Special Projects Unit Lieutenant is the Public Information Officer for the Sheriff's Office and the primary contact for media inquiries. The SPU Lieutenant is assisted by a deputy who works with the Sheriff's Office social media presences. In addition, SPU has two civilian employees responsible for the administration of digital media and traffic offense workflow.
The Records Section processes, stores and updates all reports generated by the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, they type all transcriptions of Dictaphone reports, provide reports to the public and ensure compliance with state and federal information security requirements. Records is staffed 24 hours a day.
The training section is responsible for operating the sheriff’s academy, recruiting deputies, conducting background investigations and moving applicants through the hiring process. The training section presents several basic training academies for law enforcement deputies and detention deputies each year. All training is in compliance with applicable state requirements and ensures law enforcement deputies receive their mandatory 40 hours of in-service training each year.
The firearms range is another function of the training section. Recruits are given their basic firearms instruction and armed deputies complete quarterly firearms qualifications at the range. The range itself has 50 individual, computer operated targets. The targets can be programmed to function together or independently for tactical applications. The facility also has a “use-of-force” simulator, which is operated by training personnel. Deputies react to scenarios on a movie theater sized screen, then must explain their actions. Additionally, there is a rappelling tower and a simmunitions “shoot house” on site for more realistic training.
This Section is responsible for the storage, inventory, safekeeping and proper disposal of all evidence, found property and personal property collected in the normal activities of the Sheriff’s Office. Technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and respond directly to crime scenes to transport large quantities of evidence or when evidence will not fit in the deputy’s vehicle.
The Community Liaison Unit (CL) is comprised of one sergeant and two deputies. The primary mission of the unit is to provide educational programs for the public to reduce crime through prevention. The Community Liaison Unit also represents the sheriff’s office at community functions such as parades, festivals, and neighborhood association meetings. They facilitate the D.A.R.E. and S.E.N.I.O.R.S. programs. Deputies teach D.A.R.E. to 5th grade elementary students. Instruction focuses on good decision making and the danger of drug and alcohol abuse. The S.E.N.I.O.R.S. program allows seniors living independently the opportunity to provide emergency personnel with important medical and family information in case an emergency occurs.
(Explorer Cadet Unit and Ride Alongs)