The Public Information Officer works Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
in the Sheriff’s Operations Center in downtown Inverness and reports directly
to the Sheriff. The PIO is on-call Monday through Friday. She can
be reached after hours and on weekends or holidays via cell phone for breaking
news and emergency situations. Please see the
On-Call Policy for further
For jail inquiries, please contact Corrections Corp. of America(CCA) at 352-527-3332.
What is Public Record?
Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, commonly known as Florida's "Public Records
Law," provides information on public records in Florida, including policies,
definitions, exemptions and general information on access, inspection and
duplication of records. By definition, public records include all
documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound
recordings, data processing software, or other material, regardless of the
physical form, characteristics, or means of transmission, made or received
pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of
official business by any agency.
Out of all government entities subject to Ch. 119, F.S., law enforcement
probably is entitled to claim the largest number of exemptions, depending
on the classification of the offense committed and the victim
involved. Additionally, any information that could jeopardize an
active investigation or endanger a deputy or citizen typically is exempt
from public disclosure.
The Sheriff’s Office strives to partner with the community in all of its endeavors.
Currently, the primary methods used to communicate with the citizens of Citrus County
include the Behind the Badge newsletter distributed via the Citrus County Chronicle,
news releases, radio spots and social media. Be sure to follow us on
Public Information Office On-Call Policy
The Public Information Office always strives to be responsive and
professional in its activities, acting in full compliance with the Florida
Public Records Law and in the best interests of the agency, the news media
and the people of Citrus County. Routine media inquiries and records
requests are handled as expeditiously as possible during normal business
hours by the PIO. After hours and on weekends and holidays, a PIO is
always on call for emergencies and significant breaking news events.
After hours, the on-call PIO generally will not have information readily
available regarding non-fatal vehicle crashes, routine arrests, crimes not
resulting in death or critical injury, or the status of cases that are not
considered breaking news.
Written records, including arrest affidavits and offense reports, generally
are not made available by the PIOs after hours or on weekends and
holidays. However, non-exempt arrest reports may be accessed by the
media and the public via this website.
On-call PIOs should be contacted only in situations of high
importance. After hours and on weekends, news media representatives
should check first with the communications supervisor by calling
352-726-1121. The communications supervisor also can let the media
know which PIO is on call.
Listen for Sheriff’s Office information via radio, watch for important news
and updates on television, and keep informed about the agency via periodic
newspaper articles and columns.
Daily general public information requests may be made by calling the records office at 352-726-4488.
Media records requests can be sent to Heather Yates at
firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 352-341-7459. Requests for 911 call recordings should
be directed to Rachel Warner at
email@example.com or via phone at 352-341-7486. A CD, redacted if necessary, will be
provided and there is a $14.00 minimum charge. A $10.00 deposit is due at the time of the request.
The remaining balance is due upon pick up of your request. Charges are based on an hourly rate and
could vary depending on length and number of calls. CDs are playable using a computer CD drive.
Turnaround time is usually no less than 10 working days.
Media requests may be sent to Heather Yates at
firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 352-341-7459.
Social Media Posting Policy
We encourage you to share your thoughts as they relate to the topic being discussed.
You are fully responsible for the content of your comments. We welcome your comments,
but we expect comments generally to be courteous, follow our rules of decorum, and be
related to the posting being discussed. To that end, we have established the following
policy and we reserve the discretion to remove comments that: contain obscene, indecent,
or profane language; contain threats or defamatory statements; are bullying, intimidating,
or harassing any user; contain personal attacks; contain hate speech; promote or endorse
services or products; suggest or encourage illegal activity; are multiple, repetitive
off-topic posts by a single user (spam); are not topically related to the particular
posting; are related to or could impact an open investigation, or violate a legal ownership
interest of any other party. In short: be nice. Our rules of decorum are in place to
encourage civil discourse and to prevent a poster from disrupting dialog in a way that
prevents or impedes the accomplishment of the purpose of our Facebook site. Our purpose
is to convey important public safety information, increase our ability to quickly,
effectively, and efficiently reach Citrus County residents to help us find criminal
suspects, find missing and/or endangered persons, communicate public safety alerts,
and further our mission of preventing, reducing, suppressing, displacing, solving,
and fighting crime in Citrus County.