Osceola County – The Osceola County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the next Basic Citizen's Academy program to begin Monday, June 13, 2016.
Citizens meet every Monday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The 10-week program explores the duties of various divisions and units within the Sheriff's Office such as traffic enforcement, patrol, judicial services, elder crimes, aviation, mounted patrol, intelligence, sex and child abuse crimes, domestic violence, gangs, the SWAT team, communications, forensics, community services and the drug unit.
Any Osceola County resident with an interest in law enforcement is encouraged to apply. All applicants are required to fill out an application and pass a background check. An application can also be downloaded at www.osceolasheriff.org or by calling (407) 348-1105.
Osceola County – On March 8, Osceola County Sheriff's detectives, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service and the State Attorney 9th Judicial Circuit, arrested 4 suspects for their involvement in a home invasion that took place in the East Lake Reserve subdivision.
Gerald Bell, Darryl Battle, Renorah Laird and Angel Barnes were charged with Armed Home Invasion, Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Armed Carjacking. The investigation is on-going with additional charges pending.
On January 29 at approximately 2:10 a.m. deputies responded to a residence on Rachel Lin Lane in the East Lake Reserve subdivision in St. Cloud. Upon arrival, they spoke with a mother and her teenage daughter, who indicated they had been held against their will. On Thursday, afternoon, the daughter was at home watching television when her mom's boyfriend was forced into the residence by multiple suspects.
The suspects tied up the girl and her mom's boyfriend. The girl said at one point they covered her head with a pillowcase and she was unaware of what occurred after that time.
Osceola County – On February 16, Osceola County Sheriff's detectives arrested Totaram Singh and charged him with 12 counts of Domestic Capital Sexual Battery. The investigation began in late January when deputies took a report from a juvenile.
She told deputies Singh, a relative, inappropriately touched her on multiple occasions when she was 7 years old.
Osceola County - On February 11, Osceola County Sheriff's deputies and Osceola County Fire Rescue paramedics won the 2016 Tactical/Medic Challenge which was held in Lake County this week. This event was the first in the state of Florida which included a team competition and educational symposium to improve the skill sets of both the medical operator and the non-medical operator.
Each event had competitors all capable of engaging in handgun and shoulder fired weapons courses of fire. The Sheriff's Office team of 6 competed in four categories:
The Osceola County team won first place and Deputy Sheriff Corey Griffin took first place in the individual tactical handgun competition.
The competition was hosted by the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the Institute of Public Safety Lake Technical College and Tactical Element.
“Competitions like this provide training and education which help better prepare our team for real-life scenarios. Partnering with trained medics in our SWAT program enhances our current operations. I am very proud of all their efforts,” stated Sheriff Bob Hansell.
Pictured above from left to right: Osceola County Fire Rescue Lt. Jeff MacAlister, Engineer/Parademic Margie Potts, Lt. James Ross, Osceola County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff Corey Griffin, Deputy Sheriff Aaron Young and Sheriff Bob Hansell. Not pictured: Osceola County Sheriff's Office Agent Heath Riley