Support Services Division under the CID Bureau

Research and Development Section.

Consists of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Unit, organizing written directives and standards to keep the agency in compliance with the accreditation process. The agency was last accredited through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation in 2020.  Every three years we are re-evaluated to stay in compliance with state standards.  Our next Commission review will be in the fall of 2023.

Crime Scene Section

Consists of the Evidence Unit, Latent Print Unit, and Forensics Unit.

Evidence Unit
  • The Evidence Unit is responsible for managing, storing, and controlling all evidentiary and non-evidentiary property.
    • In 2019, the staff received 23,860 items of evidence to be cataloged and stored. The staff destroyed, donated, returned to the owner, auctioned, or retained for court 23,087 items of evidence.
Forensic Unit
  • The Forensic Unit – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is proud to offer state of the art Forensic services to the citizens of Osceola County. Our Forensic Unit includes Crime Scene: responsible for investigating crime scenes and processing evidence at their in-house laboratory, and a DNA Pre-Screening Laboratory: responsible for the examination of DNA evidence recovered from crime scenes.  These units are staffed with well trained, highly educated, and highly motivated staff, that are dedicated to providing the best Forensic services possible to the county.
    • This past year, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office further enhanced their Forensic capabilities with an investment in the ANDE Rapid DNA Instrument. This instrument gives our Forensic Technicians the ability to develop a DNA profile from crime scene evidence in approximately 90 minutes.
    • In 2019 the Forensic Unit responded to 180 call-outs to crime scenes and processed 575 in-house requests by detectives.

Training Unit is responsible for maintaining all training records necessary to ensure certifications and master job-related skills are completed by all members of the agency required by state or federal legislation, and those required for accreditation. Sworn deputies are required to complete 40 hours every 4 years of training per the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC).
Some of the mandatory training includes:

  • Human Diversity/Interpersonal Skills
  • Use-of-Force/De-escalation
  • Dart-Firing Stun Gun
  • Firearms Qualification
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Sex Offender Investigation
  • Discriminatory Profiling and Professional Traffic Stops
  • Incident Command Systems
  • Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS)
  • Less lethal weapon Training
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Defensive Driving
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Legal Updates
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • American’s with Disabilities Act
  • Mental Health Training
Recruiting Car

Recruiting Unit is responsible for processing and testing of all applicants. The staff attends job fairs and local law enforcement academies. Additionally, they conduct background investigations and recruitment activities for potential candidates seeking employment.

An active, systematic, positive, and fair recruitment program enables the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) to hire a qualified and diverse workforce.  It is the policy of the OCSO to seek individuals for employment who can contribute to and assist the agency in meeting the vision, goals, and objectives set forth by the Sheriff. The OCSO is committed to ensuring a qualified and diverse workforce. The OCSO is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and actively recruits women and minorities.