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St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Always Committed to Protecting Life and Property

Sheriff Ken Mascara

The last several months have certainly been challenging and proven that innovation in the mother of necessity. The men and women of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office are committed to protecting life and property at all times.

During this pandemic event, deputies have continued to patrol neighborhoods, respond to calls for service, investigate crimes and ensure your safety. Our agency has implemented several protective measures to ensure the safety of our employees and those we come in contact with.

Many departments are working remotely from home or have implemented alternate work schedules.

All employees have been issued masks and are following proper hygiene procedures. Employees are screened for fever each day when reporting for work and doorknobs and other high traffic areas are disinfected several times each day.

Our main office lobby on Midway Road is closed to the public. However, working with our partners at the 9-1-1 dispatch center, we have created an internal call center where non-emergency calls are forwarded and handled over the phone by a deputy. Fingerprinting services are suspended as well many of our community engagement activities such as Citizen’s Academy, Teen Driver Challenge and Summer Camps.

However, during this challenging time, we have innovated new ways to serve you and our community.

Residents looking to obtain a copy of a traffic crash report or incident report can request those online through our website.

Prospective employees can download an employment application from our website and we are working to automate that process so applications can be both completed and submitted online. We are even conducting job interviews virtually over teleconferencing.

To enhance our patrol efforts, we have pulled deputies from throughout our agency and established a Public Safety Task Force to help implement the Governor’s Executive Order and mandates from the Board of County Commissioners.

School Resource Deputies have found new ways to remain connected to their schools and students.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, deputies have assisted our School District partners in distributing more than 130,000 meals to families. SRDs have also worked with school officials to monitor the online learning of students and make home visits to students are having difficulties connecting and ensure they get the assistance they need.

Our Community Engagement Unit has found safe ways to interact with you. Through drive-by birthday parties, food distribution events, prayer services and other socially distant measures, we remain committed to connecting with you as best as possible.

St. Lucie County is known for being resilient and neighborly. Throughout this pandemic event, our agency has innovated and adapted to maintain our commitment to serve you. In turn, you have shown your appreciation through multiple donations of food, masks, hand sanitizer and other items. You have shown how our community can join together and be neighborly.

I urge you to continue this. Safely check in on your neighbors, and be kind to one another.

We are getting through this and will continue to do so together.

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