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Sheriff's Office
400 S. Eucalyptus St.
Sebring, Florida 33870
P: 863-402-7200
F: 863-402-7296

Jail Location

338 S. Orange St.
Sebring, Florida 33870
P: 863-402-7201
F: 863-402-7271

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Law Enforcement Bureau

Major Mike Brown is a 21-year law enforcement professional. Upon graduating from the University of MAJOR MIKE BROWNCentral Florida in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, he began his career as a Florida Probation & Parole Officer in Orlando.  After obtaining his law enforcement certification he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff in Highlands County under Sheriff Howard Godwin where he served from 1993 until 2005. 

 During Mike’s tenure at the HCSO, he rose through the ranks and was a proven industry leader at the local and state level.  As a Division Commander, he was responsible for many facets of the agency, including:  patrol, investigations, juvenile, and crime prevention operations.  He was responsible for the supervision of law enforcement and civilian personnel alike, fiscal management of a multi-million dollar annual budget, acquisition and administration of numerous government grant programs, and the development of safety and crime prevention programs that have been recognized as best practice models by State Officials.  He was highly decorated by his administration to include being awarded Deputy Sheriff of the Year in 1998.  Mike was the Sheriff’s Office public relations administrator, and was appointed to serve on numerous county and statewide boards representing the Sheriff’s interests.  Upon Sheriff Godwin announcing his retirement in 2004, Mike entered the political arena in a bid to become the Highlands County Sheriff.  After winning the Republican primary election and enduring a hard fought general election, his efforts came up short and his career ended at the agency. 

 Having previously obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Mike made a decision to remain in Highlands County and begin a career in the private sector.  In 2004, he established his own real estate development and construction company, which is still in operation today.  During his tenure in the private sector, Mike consulted on many projects as a land use & development specialist, and for two years oversaw the daily operations as the Vice President of a multi-million dollar residential upstart in Sebring.

 In 2009, State Attorney Jerry Hill brought Mike back to his law enforcement roots by hiring him as an Investigator with the responsibility of conducting Special Investigations for the office.  In 2012, he was promoted and assigned to the Child Abuse Division at the SAO.  He served in this capacity until 2013, when he was again promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of Investigations.  In this capacity, Mike was responsible for the Division’s daily operations, including:  Trial Support, Media Support, Homicide, Child Abuse, Economic, and Highlands/Hardee County Investigators.  As a “player/coach” Mike conducted investigations for some of the SAO’s most sensitive cases, as well as providing input and logistical support to Administration.

 In 2017, Mike was hired back to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office as a Major by Sheriff Paul Blackman.  Major Brown oversees all law enforcement operations for the organization.

The Law Enforcement Bureau is comprised of the following Divisions and Units: Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Operations, Specialized Services, Fleet Maintenance, and 911 Communications. This agency's Law Enforcement Bureau's responsibility includes 24-hour-a-day services. This Bureau provides full-service law enforcement for the visitors and residents of Highlands County, making our community a safe place to live, work and visit. The men and women of this Bureau are assigned to various Divisions and trained in the duties to respond to the needs of the community and public safety. As with all components of the Sheriff's Office, the Law Enforcement Bureau works to meet a high standard of professional service for the residents of Highlands County.

Click on links below for more information on a specific unit or division.

Operations Division
     Consolidated Dispatch    
     Radio Communications
     911 GIS Mapping
     Fleet Maintenance

Uniform Patrol Division
     Zone Map
 Criminal Investigations Division
     Criminal Investigations Unit
     Crime Scene Unit
     Property and Evidence Unit 
     Special Operations Unit
                 Crime Suppression Team
     Special Victims Unit

Specialized Serices Division
     Accreditation Unit
     Crime Prevention
     Judicial Process Unit
     K-9 /Environmental/Ag
     Training Unit
     Warrants Unit