Sergeant Joseph Santos has seven (7) years of experience with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, starting his career here in 2014. In 2016 Sgt. Santos was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit (CID) specializing as an Agricultural Detective. In 2019 Sgt. Santos was promoted to the rank of Corporal in Uniformed Patrol, in 2020 he was promoted to a Sergeant in Uniformed Patrol and currently as of July 1, 2021 transferred to the School Resources Division as Sergeant.
As a Deputy Sheriff with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, he has completed several specialized training courses to include: Radar/Laser certification, Crisis Intervention, Advanced Report Writing, Interviews and Interrogations, Field Training Officer (FTO), Livestock Education and Certification for Agriculture Law Enforcement (LECALE), Airboat Operations Certification and Gangs and Security Threat Groups.
Sgt. Santos is also a veteran and started his military career with the United States Army in 1998. He continued his military career in the Florida Army National Guard in 2004 assigned to the Arcadia Field Artillery unit for seven (7) years. Sgt. Santos also has seven (7) years of Law Enforcement experience from Arcadia Police Department at the ranks of Patrolman, Detective and Road Patrol Sergeant.
Sgt. Santos is a lifelong resident of DeSoto County and graduated from DeSoto County High school in 1998. He is a former little league baseball/football coach for several years, is currently a member of the Brotherhood Ride “Cycling for Fallen Heroes” and a member of Arcadia Elks Lodge 1524.
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