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Hernando County is located on the West coast of Central Florida. The Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services to a population of approximately 186,000, including the City of Brooksville. This is an increase of nearly 318%
since 1980, and Hernando continues to be regarded as one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is committed to responding to the needs of the citizens of Hernando County. Our mission is to maintain peace and order, safeguard life and property, and protect individual rights through the delivery
of professional services. The measure of our service will be judged by the community.
Major Philip Lakin
currently serves as the Law Enforcement Operations Bureau commander. He began his career in 1989 as a police officer for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts Housing Authority. In 2002, Major Lakin attained Florida law enforcement certification at the Southeastern Public Safety Institute in St. Petersburg. He is a 19-year veteran of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, beginning his service in 2002 as a patrol deputy and further serving as a field training officer, property crimes detective, Major Case detective, District Two Patrol sergeant, Major Case CAP’s sergeant, night watch commander, District One commander, District Two commander, Professional Standards commander, Judicial Services Bureau captain and Patrol Division commander. Major Lakin is a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations program, the FBI-Leeda Executive Leadership Institute and a 2022 graduate of the Southeast Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course. He has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from St. Petersburg College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in public safety administration. Current or recent affiliations include the Florida Homicide Investigator’s Association, Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Hernando County-Board of Directors, the Community Health Improvement Planning Partnership Board, the Hernando County Community Alliance Executive Roundtable and he also sits on the board of directors for Mid Florida Community Services.
Captain John Cameron
serves as the Special Operations Division Commander, which includes Aviation, K-9, Marine, Traffic and other specialty units within the Sheriff's Office. Captain Cameron has served with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office since 1995. Captain Cameron’s prior assignments include District One Commander, Administrative Support Commander, Vice and Narcotics Unit Commander, Watch Commander and Detention Operations Commander. Captain Cameron has also supervised various units within the agency, to include Patrol, Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, School Resource Officers, Traffic Unit, Mounted Unit, and serving as District One Administrative Sergeant. Captain Cameron is a member of the Florida Narcotics Officers’ Association and Florida Gang Investigators Association. He is the Vice President of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Chapter 30. Captain Cameron is a graduate of the Florida Sheriffs Association Commanders Academy.
Captain Jeff Kraft
commands the Criminal Investigation Division which includes the Major Case, Vice and Narcotics, and Scientific Investigations (Forensics) Sections. Captain Kraft joined the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in 1991 after serving two and a half years with the New Jersey Department of Corrections and graduating from the law enforcement academy at Pasco-Hernando State College. He has experience as a deputy and detective, and has supervised or managed patrol, major case, special operations, and vice and narcotics units. Captain Kraft is a Certified Fraud Examiner and has served on the Sheriff’s Rapid Response Team, the Hernando County Economic Crime Council, and U.S. Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service task forces.
Captain Anthony Piarulli
serves as the Patrol Division Commander, overseeing service to the citizens of Hernando County through uniformed patrol, criminal investigations (property crimes) and civilian public service technicians. Captain Piarulli obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice in 2001 and began his law enforcement career with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office as a child protective investigator. In 2004, Capt. Piarulli transitioned to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and worked as a patrol deputy, district detective and gang detective. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2009 and has worked as the District Two Patrol sergeant, District Two administrative sergeant and Selective Enforcement Unit sergeant. In 2015 he was promoted to lieutenant and has served as the District One commander, District Two commander, Special Operations Division commander, Vice and Narcotics commander and Major Case commander. Captain Piarulli is a graduate of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy training series and is a member of the board of directors for Kids Central, Inc.
Director of Forensic Science Kinsey Boylan
joined the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 as a Forensic Technician I. Since, she has held the positions of Forensic Technician II, Forensic Specialist and was promoted to the Director of Forensic Science in November of 2016. Director Boylan has received her Associate in Science degree in Crime Scene Technology from St. Petersburg College and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. In 2006, she gained the status of a court accepted expert in bloodstain pattern analysis. Director Boylan oversees the Forensic Unit, Biometric Unit and Multi-Media Unit. She is an active member of the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification and serves on the Bloodstain Pattern Identification Committee.