Gary S. Borders
SHERIFF Gary S. Borders

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    We will continually strive to maintain and enhance the quality of life in Lake County through service to the community, by working together to provide effective crime prevention, law enforcement and judicial support.

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     Integrity, Professionalism, People, Leadership, Loyalty, Commitment, Community, Accountability . . . more.

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OVERVIEW:  Scroll through this page to see about our Law Enforcement Hiring Process, Benefits, Career Opportunities, and Minimum Qualifications. The Lake County Sheriff's Office is a Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HIRING PROCESS & REQUIREMENTS:  Hiring requirements include:
  • Full Application to be turned into us via mail or in person
  • Written Examination
  • Background Investigation
  • Oral Interviews
  • Psychological Examination
  • Medical Examination
  • Urinalysis
Upon selection you will enter an extensive Field Training and Evaluation Program, during which you will learn from experienced Deputies. In training, you will progressively earn the right to wear the coveted Deputy Sheriff star. Upon completion, you will embark upon a rewarding career serving citizens as a respected member of the Lake County Sheriff s Office.

BENEFITS:   Liberal fringe benefits enhance your law enforcement career with education and financial security. Many benefits are provided at no cost and increase in value as your career advances. Benefits include:
  • Retirement through the Florida Retirement System
  • Continuous training opportunities
  • Assignment pay increase for specialized assignments
  • Education salary incentive plan
  • Take-home vehicle policy
  • Free life insurance policy
  • Health insurance available which includes dental and vision coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Birthday holiday
  • College tuition reimbursement
  • Uniforms, weapon, and equipment provided

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:   Sworn officers of the Lake County Sheriff's Office have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of law enforcement assignments. Varied assignments increase knowledge, expand experience and enhance opportunities for advancement. Specialized duty assignments include:
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Dive Team
  • Vice / Narcotics Investigations
  • Field Training Officer
  • Aviation
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Bike Patrol
  • Mounted Patrol
  • K-9
  • Honor Guard
  • Marine Patrol
  • Crisis Intervention Stress Management
  • Environmental Crimes Investigator
  • Special Response Team
  • Bomb Unit
  • School Resource Deputy
  • Agriculture Crimes Investigator
  • Hostage Negotiations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:   To join our elite group of professionals, you must meet our strict standards regarding past use of illegal substances, criminal history, driving history, employment history, and others. Minimum qualifications include:
  • 19 years of age
  • U.S. Citizen
  • High School graduate or G.E.D.
  • Honorable or General Discharge (if a veteran)
  • Good moral character
  • No felony arrests
  • Good driving record
  • No pervasive past illegal drug use.
  • Successful completion of Criminal Justice Standards and Training Course and state wide examination to be a Certified Officer.

For further information contact one of our Recruiters at