Captain Richard Christoff –
Criminal Investigations Division

Captain Richard Christoff is originally from Greensburg Pennsylvania and then relocated to Orlando, Florida.  Shortly after graduating from Oak Ridge High School he joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman, where his assignments included Physical Site Security, Road Patrol, Crime Prevention, and Military Police Investigations.  After leaving the U.S. Army, Captain Christoff attended the Corrections Academy in Orlando, and was hired by the Florida Department of Corrections where he worked as a Correctional Officer at the Central Florida Reception Center.  Captain Christoff was then hired by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer in the Osceola County Jail and worked in many areas of the facility and achieved the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant. While working at the jail he attended the Valencia Community College Law Enforcement Cross-Over course and obtained his law enforcement certification. Captain Christoff then became a Deputy Sheriff working in numerous areas including; Patrol, Community Response Team, Property Crimes, Economic Crimes, and Violent Crimes. He was then promoted and served as a Patrol Sergeant, Property Crimes Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant/Watch Commander, and Lieutenant over Research & Development. He was promoted to Captain by Sheriff Russell Gibson and currently oversees the Criminal Investigations Division.

Captain Christoff obtained his Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Columbia College, Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University, and graduated from the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Course. Captain Christoff represents the Sheriff’s Office with Central Florida Crimeline and sits on the board of Help Now of Osceola, which provides temporary safe shelter for survivors of domestic abuse facing imminent danger.