Community Affairs Section

Public Information Officer

The Public Information Officer is the spokesperson for the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office and liaison to the media and public. The PIO sends out news releases concerning arrests, investigation, public notices, and news of general interest involving the Sheriff's Office. Most of this information is published via Facebook and Twitter.

The PIO's office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Crime Prevention
The people you see staffing the Sheriff's Office's tents or tables at various community events are likely assigned under the Crime Prevention Unit. Crime Prevention Specialists attend many neighborhood watch meetings, homeowners' association meetings, and other community events to provide information on how to avoid becoming the victim of a crime. The specialist often provide surveys for homes and businesses on how to help prevent criminal activity through environmental design. One of the annual events that is set up through the Crime Prevention Unit is "Shop with a Cop," where children selected by their school's guidance counsellors are paired with a law enforcement officer to go on a Christmas shopping spree at the local Wal-Mart stores.

Community Relations

The personnel assigned to the Community Relations Unit are in charge of managing two important programs within the Sheriff's Office: the Citizens' Police Academy and Project Lifesaver. The Citizens' Police Academy (CPA) is an eight-week long program offered free of charge to Charlotte County residents one night a week, providing them an insight into the operations of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. Click here to learn more about the CPA.

The Sheriff's Office has partnered with Project Lifesaver International to offer the Project Lifesaver program to Charlotte County reisdents. The goal of the program is to help the caretakers of those who suffer from ailments such as Alzheimers, demention, autism and similar afflictions who are prone to wander with a way of tracking and locating their loved-ones. Click here to learn more about Project Lifesaver.

Video Production
There is no denying that video makes a more powerful impact than the simple written word. All one needs to do is look at social media to know that. Since the goal of the Community Affairs Section is to work with the community on many levels, it is important to be able to provide information to the Charlotte County community in a variety of ways. That includes providing information in high-quality videos that can be shared on social media and with traditional media. The personnel assigned to the Video Production Unit are tasked with this highly creative endeavor.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.