The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is made up of over 750 diverse and dedicated men and women, striving every day to serve the citizens of Marion County to the best of their ability. Since the inauguration of Sheriff Chris Blair, the Sheriff’s Office has experienced regeneration in many aspects.
- One aspect was the creation of a Warrants Unit to aggressively pursue and apprehend individuals wanted on arrest warrants. This unit works in conjunction with Ocala Police Department, Dunnellon Police Department, Belleview Police Department, United State Marshalls Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and Probation and Parole to locate and arrest persons with outstanding warrants.
- Another aspect involves the re-initiation of the former Sheriff’s Citizens Academy and Partnership educational course. This 14-week course meets weekly and highlights all units within the Sheriff’s Office, giving citizens an in-depth understanding of what the agency is doing for the community.
- Sheriff Blair also instituted a Tactical Investigations Unit which targets street level crimes, reducing calls for service by removing the criminal element before they have an opportunity to commit more crimes.
- Sheriff Blair has instituted several cost-saving measures as well as elements to improve performance and enhance our services to the community. Vacancies and retirements have provided funding for 16 additional line level positions and provided enough revenue to purchase 6 new patrol cars.
Through Sheriff Blair’s leadership, we look forward to engaging our community in new ways and strengthening our alliance with the Board of County Commissioners to provide a safe environment for our family and yours.