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Operations Bureau


This is the segment of the Clay County Sheriff's Office where the "rubber meets the road" -- literally! The bulk (about 85%) of our agency's sworn officers work in this bureau and under the leadership of Operations Bureau Commander Major David Senters. They are the patrol deputies and investigators responding to calls, preventing crimes and solving crimes. These divisions not only work together to form this bureau but also join forces with the other three bureaus (Detention, Finance and Administration) to make Clay County one of the safest areas in the entire state of Florida.

Patrol Division: The Clay County Sheriff's Office responds to over 300,000 calls for service each year and, in large part, it is these patrol deputies who respond. Under the supervision of the Chief of Patrol Captain Ronnie Gann, we have on average between forty and sixty deputies assigned to patrol duties and they report directly to their supervisors regarding each day's events. Sheriff Beseler's goal is to increase this number of deputies. He has also supplemented patrol manpower through the creation of the Public Service Aide (PSA) positions.  These highly-trained civilian members operate as part of Patrol Division's Community Relations Unit. In addition, Civilian Crime Scene Technicians are now trained to collect evidence at various types of crime scenes allowing patrol deputies and detectives to focus more time and energy on investigations.

The Detective Division is a major component of our agency's Operations Bureau that brings together all of the investigative branches of the Clay County Sheriff's Office.   Under the direction of Chief of Detectives Captain Jim Morgan, the following sections are consolidated:   Robbery/Homicide Section, General Investigations Section, Special Victims Section(sex crimes, child abuse, crimes against the elderly), and Financial Crimes.

The Special Operations Division lives up to its name every day. In many ways, these men and women provide services that prove to be very visible to the public and can make front-page news. This division, led by the Chief of Special Operations Captain Ricardo Wright, includes the Community Relations Unit, Traffic Section (which includes the K9 Unit), Reserve Unit, Juvenile Crime Section, Crossing Guards, Marine Unit, SWAT, Dive Team, Hostage Negotiators and Emergency Management Planning Unit.


The Strategic Response Division is a newly-formed branch of our agency. Sheriff Beseler believes this group of highly-specialized agency detectives and analysts is on the cutting edge of crime prevention and enforcement. Chief of Strategic Response Captain David Barnes will oversee our Street Crimes, Intelligence, and Narcotics Section members.  They will work in unison to identify crime trends and to locate and arrest our county's worst offenders.

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