Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Welcomes You
We are dedicated to providing the safest environment and highest level of service possible in an effort to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Charlotte County. It is our goal, through innovative leadership and a partnership with those whom we serve, to enforce all laws, deter criminal activity, protect life and property and maintain order.
Happy New Year
As we welcome the year 2020, it would be a missed opportunity if I did not express gratitude for all 2019 offered our community, and the staff of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. I truly feel privileged and blessed to be able to serve in a community-focused manner providing the highest level of service to Charlotte County.
We are committed to bringing the community and law enforcement closer together by creating positive and productive relationships; working together to improve the quality of life and safety of this beautiful county. Crime prevention is a priority and it takes teamwork between citizens and well-trained deputies to make a positive impact against crime.
To maximize the efficiency and ease of communicating with citizens, we were able to launch the new CCSO App which is available for download on all smart phones. This app makes it easy to report tips and access other important information such as recent arrests, press releases, and road closures.
I recognize that good people can sometimes make mistakes; which is why with participation from the Punta Gorda Police Department, the State Attorney's Office, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Clerk of Courts, I implemented the Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program back in May. This program allows law enforcement discretion to offer diversion for certain misdemeanor offenses to adults with no prior record. It also provides an alternative to in-custody arrests. Those who qualify can answer for those mistakes without the stigma of having an arrest record for the rest of their lives.
Another addition to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is the collaboration with Charlotte Behavioral Health Care to initiate the Mental Health Unit. The goal of this Unit is to stabilize and provide resources for those who may benefit from mental health intervention and redirects individuals with mental illness to mental health professionals.
As we look forward to 2020, my hope is that our growing community remains one of the safest and most enjoyable places to live and visit in the State of Florida. I hope for the continued support from the community, as we meet the challenges of the future and pursue excellence in the service and protection of Charlotte County. Lastly, I hope for respect and kindness to and from all.
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With the pending 30th anniversary of the murder of Sharon Gill the Cold Case Team continues their investigation. Sharon was murdered in her home in Deep Creek on March 21, 1990. This case has been challenging since the beginning. The Cold Case Team has focused on this case for the last several months. Several different people are included on the list of potential suspects for a variety of reasons. Of course, some subjects are of more interest than others. The team has placed those possible suspects in an order that is most logical based on the old information and new information developed through the current cold case examination. So far, we have eliminated a few of these potential suspects. This was accomplished through timelines, alibis, interviews, evidence and polygraph examinations. Keep in mind, most of the time we do not clear a potential suspect completely until the actual perpetrator is positively identified. There are exceptions. Those that have been "cleared" so far have cooperated with the investigators, provided DNA samples and passed polygraph examinations. We have high confidence in our polygraph examinations because of the experienced examiner. Our own Cold Case Detective Mike Vogel is the polygraph examiner. Mike's long successful career as an examiner and polygraph supervisor with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (N.C.I.S.) is an invaluable asset to our team. As always, we ask anyone with information concerning Sharon's death or any other case to please contact us. GANDY 3/20 Read more
If you have information that can help solve this crime: You can call 941-575-5361 8:00 AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday and ask for Cold Case. After hours and weekends please leave a message using the same number. We will return the call as soon as possible.
As we approach the anniversary of the disappearance of Christine Muriel Flahive, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in resolving this case. Coming forward with any information, no matter how small it may seem, could prove to be valuable. Read more
If you have information that can help solve this crime: Christine Flahive has now been missing for 24 years. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information related to this case to come forward. During regular business hours, contact 941-575-5361. After hours, contact 941-639-2101.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is investigating the double homicide of Harry Billy Scott and John Stanley Smith (90-041343). Read more
If you have information that can help solve this crime: please call the Cold Case Unit at 941-575-5361 or after hours call 941-639-2101, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do NOT attempt any apprehensions or arrests based on this information.
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