About Citrus County Sheriff's Office
ILP Implementation Paying Off I have now been your Sheriff for 18 years and during that time, we have used several different policing methodologies as the basis for keeping our community safe. Over the years, you’ve heard me mention concepts like problem-oriented-policing, community-oriented policing and most recently, our most effective crime-fighting philosophy, Intelligence Led Policing.
ILP is an entirely different approach to the way we do business. It is absolutely, without a doubt, the most effective way to fight crime that I’ve ever seen in my 30+ years as a law enforcement officer. ILP relies heavily on crime analysis and crime intelligence to prevent crime from happening. Since a large percentage of crime is done by those who have committed crimes before, we now focus the majority of our attention on active and repeat offenders. That is the heart of ILP – and it works. We first started implementing the ILP approach in 2010, changing our reactive way of policing with this new intelligence-led way of policing. The process was slow going, but with each passing year, we have become more effective in how we do business, as you can see by the comparison chart.
The chart above includes just some of the crimes that we track as an agency on a daily basis. As you can see, most categories have significantly decreased since 2009, the year before we began implementing this new way of policing. Considering the sagging economy over the past several years, we should have seen very large increases in crime. Instead, we have seen decreases, despite not having the budget dollars to hire additional deputies. These successes can truly be attributed to ILP.
A few highlights from 2014’s continued implementation included utilizing personnel in the judicial division for intelligence; training all first responders, animal control officers and educators with the school system how to recognize the presence of methamphetamine labs; and a huge retail theft initiative that led to major intelligence gathering for further crime prevention.
I’m quite proud of the way this agency has made the shift to ILP and I expect even greater successes in 2015. As we progress, please continue to help us keep this community safe by reporting any suspicious activity to 9-1-1 or via the Crime Stoppers website at crimestopperscitrus.com.
Citrus County Fire Rescue
(CCFR) provides fire and rescue services from fourteen (14) fire stations to over 189 square miles of waterways and 583 square miles of land in Citrus County, Florida. CCFR provides a variety of services including a State Certified Fire Training Center, public fire & life safety education, plan reviews and fire & life safety inspections.
CCFR is both a Type II CBRNE Hazmat Response Team and a Light Technical Rescue Response Team resource for the State of Florida. Our Team has additional technical Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) assessment capabilities and is capable of mitigating most hazmat incidents without outside assistance at a large or prolonged incident.
The Department operates 8 career engine companies from eight stations with a 2 person crew minimum; the remaining stations are staffed by On-Call firefighters. CCFR's fleet consists of 14 engine companies, 1 truck company, 17 brush trucks, and 8 tankers. The fleet also includes 3 marine units with which to fight marine fires and conduct water rescues in the County's waterways and in the Gulf of Mexico, one hazardous materials response unit "Hazmat 3", technical rescue truck "Tech Rescue 7"and a variety of specialty trailers, including a water boom trailer, a decontamination unit, and several air cascade trailers. Please visit the Logistics Section to read about our newest apparatus addition – "Tower 1" and view pictures of our current fleet.
In 2011, the Department responded to 5397 calls for service which included working structure fires, wild land fires, hazardous material releases, technical rescues, vehicle crashes, and medical emergencies.
Sheriff Mike Prendergast joins me in welcoming you to the Fire Rescue section of the official Citrus County Sheriff’s Office website. These pages and links provide citizens, visitors and business people alike with information that’s both beneficial and useful, and I encourage you to take the time to navigate through them to learn more about the services that Fire Rescue provides.
On October 1, 2011, Fire Rescue transitioned from the Board of County Commissioners and officially partnered with the Sheriff’s Office. An organizational change like this allows for a complete focus on ensuring the public’s safety, including law enforcement, fire rescue, emergency management, animal control and consolidated dispatch services.
I am privileged to lead an organization of committed and skilled firefighters whose goal is to provide superior services during the public’s time of need. Fire Rescue has a dedicated team of career, on-call and volunteer personnel to respond to the challenging needs of Citrus County. They serve with pride, integrity and a true sense of community service.
Speaking with citizens individually or at meetings allows me to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the community. We constantly strive to meet your needs and expectations. It’s a balancing act at times, that is, to meet the needs of each individual community while at the same time protecting the county as a whole.
Whether it’s a medical emergency, a fire, public education, reviewing building plans or conducting site visits for proper fire suppression systems, we strive to perform both competently and professionally.
Through continuous training, fire personnel keep their current skills sharp, learn new skills and master cutting-edge technology to enhance our service to you.
In the near future, we expect to be revising our strategic plan to determine the most efficient manner to provide and improve services to the community. Such a revision will ensure quality service to our residents in the years ahead. More importantly, it will help move us to becoming an accredited agency through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.
Citizens and visitors in Citrus County can rest assured that the Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue personnel will perform their duties courteously and professionally. One team, one mission. We will treat each public contact not only with respect, but as an opportunity to better know the people we serve.
If you have concerns or suggestions about ways to improve fire services, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And thank you for visiting our website.
Stay safe out there.