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The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is committed to the children and youth in the community.  We offer a variety of programs and services to keep both parents and kids "in the know" for enhanced safety at work and at play.  Please click on the links below or on the links to the left to see how we can be of service to you.

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children Website

In April of 2009, Sheriff Dawsy authorized his agency to assume sponsorship of Take Stock in Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships, mentors, educational support and college/career counseling to
Florida’s low-income youth.

School Resource Officer Program

A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a law enforcement officer who is assigned to either an elementary, middle, or high school.  The main goal of the SRO is to prevent juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relations between youth and law

Junior FOCUS

After the Citrus County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer Program had designed and implemented the FOCUS program for the 5th grade students of Citrus County, a longtime school resource officer recognized the need for Citrus
County’s youngest citizens...

Teen Driver Challenge

Sheriff Dawsy is committed to the safety of the community including our youth and has implemented a number of programs directing the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office to provide education and training to protect them.  These programs have
targeted issues that concern...
The Florida Offender Alert System

The Florida Offender Alert System is designed to notify citizens when sexual offenders or predators have moved into a specified area.  Registering for alerts is simple.  And there is no charge.  Once you specify an address to monitor, you will receive an e-mail alert notification when an offender updates his/her Florida
address inside the specified radius...


The acronym, F.O.C.U.S., stands for "Filtering Out Crime United with Students".  It was created by Deputies Kevin Purinton, Phil Gaffney, Scott Farmer, and Tim Langer of our School Resource Officer Program.  We felt that our drug and violence
education program...

Explorer Program

Explorers are young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21 who have completed the 8th grade.  Explorers learn first-hand about law enforcement.  They can use this information to help them decide if a career in law enforcement is for

Sheriff's Summer Safety Program

Each year, the Sheriff's Office, along with the Citrus County Chronicle, hosts the Sheriff's Summer Safety program for kids and parents.  The event is held at the Citrus County Fairgrounds and helps keep everyone informed about staying safe, particularly
when kids are out of school...