Communications / 9-1-1
Why do the 9-1-1 operators ask so many questions?
Call takers are extensively trained to gather specific information very quickly
in order to determine the nature of your call. Asking pertinent questions, which
may seem redundant, is actually in your best interest; this questioning allows us
to provide our citizens the absolute best service possible.
Rest assured, in the event of a true emergency, a deputy, fire truck or ambulance
is already enroute to the scene while the operator is still gathering facts.
Can I call the Sheriff's Office and remain anonymous?
Yes, you can. There is no requirement to give your name or address when making a
call to the Sheriff's Office, however, it is extremely helpful if the responding
deputy has someone to contact upon arrival, or via phone, to get further information
to effectively address the problem.
Is there a waiting period before I can report someone missing?
No. The moment you are concerned about a person's whereabouts is the time to call.
Why does it take longer for deputies to respond to some calls than to others?
Response times are affected by several variables, including the time of day the
call is received and the sheer number of calls at any given moment. The number of
deputies needed at a particular call and the urgency of the call also factor into
play. All requests are assigned a priority based on the seriousness of the incident
and the potential for injury or property damage. At times, calls of a less urgent
nature must be delayed so deputies can respond immediately to emergencies.
How long should I expect the background and hiring process to take once I turn in
From start to finish, you should expect the process to take two to three months.
I want to become a Deputy, what is my first step?
You need to be state certified, which involves completing the Law Enforcement or
Corrections Academy. There are two local academies: WTI (Withlacoochee Technical
Institute) in Inverness (352-726-2430) or, PHCC (Pasco Hernando Community College)
in Dade City (352-567-6701). They can provide specific details to help you make
that first step.
**If you have prior experience out of state- you will likely need to attend a portion
of the Law Enforcement or Corrections Academy in order to become Florida State Certified.
Please contact one of the numbers listed above.
The employment application states "The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is a tobacco
free workplace". How long before I am hired do I have to quit; will I have to submit
to a blood test? What if I start smoking again after I am hired?
Candidates will sign an agreement stating they do not now, and will not in the future,
use any tobacco products. You will not have to submit to a blood test. Violation
of policy may result in disciplinary action and/or possible termination.
How can I protect my child from being bullied at school?
There are several steps you can take.
Encourage your child to tell you what happens at school. After speaking with your
child, determine if you need to contact your child's school guidance department,
administration or a school resource officer. Take notice of problems when they are
small- pay attention to your child's behavior. If possible, volunteer at school
so that you can stay aware of potential problems. Remember, if you act upset, your
child is likely to get upset too. Approach school officials or other parents in
a calm, respectful way, you're more likely to get a positive response.
My child is being bullied at school, what should I do?
As parents, we expect schools to provide an environment that is emotionally and
physically safe for our children. Your first step should be talking to your child
so that you have a clear understanding of the problem. Talk to the school guidance
counselor or school administration, all schools have programs that address bullying.
If your child is in middle or high school, you may also contact the School Resource
Who can respond to the school to pick up my child?
Children will be released to individuals who are authorized on the student's emergency
care card or have prior written parent authorization for the current school year.
Schools also require photo identification when the child is released at the parent-child
pick up area. Parents are responsible for the accuracy of the information on their
child's emergency care card.
What measures are in place to protect my child at school?
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office works closely with the School Board to ensure
the safety of all students. There is a team of specially trained school resource
officers that are assigned to certain schools in the county; their jobs include
security, education and joint training with the school administration. We also conduct
random security checks of all schools with both marked and unmarked units.
I have a complaint about a School Crossing Guard, who do I call?
Please call the Hernando County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number at 352-754-6830.
General Law Enforcement
Where are you located?
The main administrative office is located at 18900 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville.
The District 2 office is located at 7499 Forest Oaks Blvd. in Spring Hill The Hernando
County Detention Center is located at 16425 Spring Hill Dr. in Spring Hill.
Is panhandling legal in Hernando County?
Article 1 section 21-3 of the Hernando County Ordinances addresses solicitation
upon medians, streets and highways. The purpose of this section is to prevent damages
to persons or property, to prevent delays and to avoid interference with traffic
flow. A violation of this section may result in a civil fine of up to $500.
I am having problems with my teen; I'm afraid he/she is at risk for truancy, runaway
or ungovernable behaviors.
Family Help is a Juvenile Justice program designed to assist families who have a
child that is truant, runaway or displaying at-risk behaviors. Services are aimed
at preventing youth from entering the child welfare and/or juvenile justice system
by providing an array of services to strengthen the family.
Family Help is part of the state wide Child-in-Need-of-Services and Families-in-Need-of-Services
(CINS/FINS) program. Services are offered to both the child and the family and cases
are managed by Youth and Family Alternatives. For more information, please call
Carolyn Kehr at 352-523-5020, or visit www.yfainc.org.
Respite Care is offered by the New Beginnings Shelter. The shelter offers 24/7 care
for youths, usually available for the duration of 1-14 days. The phone number for
New Beginnings is 352-540-6015.
What am I allowed to do in regards to "self defense"?
Chapter 776 of the Florida statutes specifies what you can or can't do in lawful
self-defense. The chapter is entitles "Justifiable Use of Force".
Are fireworks illegal?
Please refer to Florida State Statute 791.01
Is it ok to wear my seatbelt under my arm?
No. Florida State Statue 316.614(4)(b) states the seatbelt must be worn in the proper
I can't wear a seat belt due to a medical condition. Will I still receive a citation?
In order to be exempt from wearing a seat belt, a person must have a certified note
from their physician exempting them from wearing a seat belt. Please keep the note
with you while you are riding in a vehicle.
Can I be arrested for DUI while riding a bicycle?
Yes. A bicycle is defined as a vehicle by Florida Statute.
I was involved in a minor parking lot accident. No one was injured and we exchanged
information. Do I need to contact the Sheriff’s Office to file a crash report?
The exchange of information is sufficient and a report is not needed. Simply call
your auto insurance company to file a claim (if needed).
My driver’s license and vehicle registration will both expire this month. Do I have
until the end of the month to renew them?
No. Your driver’s license and vehicle registration both expire at midnight on the
expiration date displayed on the document.
What are the requirements for the operation of motor scooters on the roadway?
Motor scooters with a seat must be titled and registered to operate on the roadway.
A valid driver’s license is required. Motor scooters without a seat cannot be titled
or registered in Florida, and cannot be operated on the roadways or sidewalks of
Is it legal for law enforcement officers to drive unmarked vehicles while conducting
Yes. A lot of local law enforcement agencies reverted to using unmarked vehicles
for traffic enforcement. This allows us to observe driving patterns more effectively.
Does the Sheriff’s Office get all of the money from a traffic citation?
No. Most of the money goes to the state government and only a few dollars goes to
a law enforcement training fund.
Where do I go to pay my traffic citation?
Hernando County Clerk of Courts
Traffic Department - Room 217
20 North Main Street.
Brooksville, FL 34601
Can I legally operate a motorcycle after I have completed the MSF (Motorcycle Safety
No. After completion of the school and you receive the certificate from a certified
MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) school, you need to take your certificate to
the Department of Motor Vehicles to have the proper "motorcycle" endorsement added
to your driver’s license.
How do I report a drunk driver?
Call the Sheriff’s Office immediately while observing a drunk driver. You can dial
911 or call the non-emergency number (352-754-6830). Try to provide the dispatcher
with a location, vehicle description, tag number and direction of travel while observing
from a safe distance.
What is an Injunction for Protection?
An injunction is a court order signed by a judge that can be served and or enforced
by law enforcement. Injunctions fall into five different categories. They are:
What is an injunction for protection against domestic violence?
An Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence may be issued against a spouse
or former spouse, a person related by blood or marriage, a person which you are
presently living with or have formerly lived with as if a family, or against someone
with whom you have a child in common, regardless whether you were ever married to
that person or lived with them. If a person falling into one of these categories
has committed a crime against you resulting in physical injury or that person has
placed you in fear with words or physical acts.
What is an injunction for protection against dating violence?
An Injunction for Protection Against Dating Violence may be issued against an individual
whom you have or have had a romantic or intimate continuing or significant relationship.
This relationship must have existed in the past six (6) months, must have existed
over time on a continuous basis and must be described as an expectation of affection
or sexual relation. A parent or legal guardian may obtain an Injunction for Protection
Against Dating Violence on behalf of a minor child who is living at home if they
have been an eyewitness to, or have direct physical evidence or eyewitness affidavits
about the facts which are the basis for the petition.
What is an injunction for protection against sexual violence?
An Injunction for Protection Against Sexual Violence may be issued if you are the
victim of sexual violence or the parent or guardian of a minor who is living at
home and is the victim of sexual violence. Sexual Battery is defined in Chapter
794, Florida Statutes. In order to get an injunction for Protection Against Sexual
Violence, you must have reported the incident to a law enforcement agency and must
be cooperating with any criminal proceedings, if there is one. You may also seek
an injunction if the respondent went to prison for committing one of the sexual
violence crimes as defined in Chapter 794, Florida Statutes against you or your
minor child living at home and respondent is out or will be getting out of prison
within 90 days of the filing of your petition.
What is an injunction for protection against repeat violence?
An Injunction for Protection Against Repeat Violence may be issued if someone has
committed two separate acts of violence or stalking, one being within the last six
months, against you. The Injunction for Protection Against Repeat Violence is available
for those individuals not covered by the Domestic Violence Injunctions. For additional
information on obtaining an injunction and what is needed to obtain an injunction
you may contact the Clerk of the Court-Family Law Division located in room 246 of
the County Government Center or you may contact the Family Law Division at (352)
540-6336. Additional information is available at the Clerk of the Court website,
How do I get a Restraining Order and/or a Domestic Violence Injunction?
A petition (application) for an injunction for protection against domestic violence,
dating violence, sexual violence, and repeat violence is available through the Clerk
of the Court. Employees for the Clerk of the Court are available to help. Simply
tell the clerk you are there to file a petition for an injunction and they will
point you in the right direction. You may also contact the Clerk of Domestic Relations
Office at (352) 754-4201. Once the injunction is signed by a judge it can then be
served and/ or enforced by law enforcement. For additional information on obtaining
an injunction and what is needed to obtain an injunction you may contact the Clerk
of the Court-Family Law Division located in room 246 of the County Government Center
or you may contact the Family Law Division at (352) 540-6336. Additional information
is available at the Clerk of the Court website, www.hernandoclerk.com
Is child custody paperwork enforceable by Law Enforcement?
With custody rights, everything starts and ends with the court order. Law Enforcement
can appear to prevent an assault, public disturbance or property damage. An officer
may not enforce a court order issued by another state unless the court order has
been domesticated. A court order is only enforceable by law enforcement if the order
specifically directs a law enforcement officer
to take some action
. Keep in mind many scenarios may present themselves
to officers who are called to the scene of a child custody dispute. Any person can
be subject to arrest if that person is in violation of child custody laws in regards
to F.S.S. 787.03.
Who can I call about a problem with my tenant or landlord?
The Clerk of the Court’s County Civil Department, 540-6445, located in Room 248
at the Courthouse as well as the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Civil Department,
797-3642, may be contacted to obtain information in regard to landlord/tenant issues
and evictions. Additional information is available at the Clerk of the Court website,
In some circumstances, an attorney may need to be contacted for assistance. If a
violation of criminal law has possibly occurred, law enforcement should be contacted.
How do I get a copy of a Deputy’s report?
Call HCSO (352)754-6830 and ask for Records to see if the report is ready for pick
up. Have your case number handy. Some reports are confidential by law and cannot
be released to certain individuals so as to protect the identity of a victim(s).
An example of a confidential report is a report of a child abuse. If it is a reported
child abuse and NO arrest was made; only parents of victim, victim, suspects, suspect
parents and/or attorney representing client w/proof can have a copy. Certain confidential
information will be blackened out per public record law (Chapter119). The complainant
of these confidential reports cannot have a copy and neither can grandparents. You
must also show proof (photo identification) of who you are to obtain a copy of said
confidential reports. Accident reports are confidential for the first 60 days, unless
you are involved in the crash and listed on the accident report. You must also bring
photo identification (driver’s license) showing proof of who you are when picking
up the report.
Is there a charge for copies of reports?
Copies of requested reports require a minimal fee when the photocopies exceed nine
pages (and to include the first nine pages) as follows:
- Standard 8½ x 11 inch paper - $ .15 per single side sheet, .20 per double-side sheet
- 8½ x 14 inch paper - $ .15 per single side sheet, .20 per double side sheet.
Note: A victim involved in a criminal offense may obtain copies of a report at no
How do I get a Background Check/History of any arrests for myself?
A LOCAL background check is the ONLY type of background check that the Hernando
County Sheriff’s Office provides. This service is free of charge. Fill out the form
which the Sheriff’s Office provides with your full name, (any/all names the individual
has had since birth), date of birth, and social security number of individual requesting
the background check. Local means the background check will only cover arrests made
by Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies. This background check does NOT include arrests
made by the Brooksville Police Department or Florida Highway Patrol even if arrested
in Hernando County and held in the Hernando County Jail.
Where can I get a Application Packet for a Gun Permit?
As a courtesy to the Citizens of Hernando County we have gun permit application
packets at the following two locations:
Hernando County Sheriff’s Main Office
18900 Cortez Blvd
Hernando County Sheriff’s District II Office
7499 Forest Oaks Blvd
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office does not process the applications; the State
of Florida provides this service.