News from the Desk of Sheriff James F. Potter - A New Normal After Hurricane Ian

News from the Desk of Sheriff Potter - A New Normal After Hurricane Ian - Copy

Dear DeSoto County, we are improving as we enter each new day. Your DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office continues to provide law enforcement services and is here for you and your family.

We are all working hard to bring our lives to a sense of the new normal. Please continue to be understanding of each other as we all try to address the many challenges facing our community each day.

I have seen many inspiring examples of neighbor helping neighbor, either through providing material items or just spending a few minutes talking to provide reassurance. Please continue looking out for one another and keep each other in your thoughts and prayers.

As Sheriff, it is always a comfort to be able to call upon my fellow Sheriffs from across our state for assistance when needed. As Sheriffs, we are all committed to the safety of our counties and the public across the State of Florida. Through our coordination with the Florida Sheriff’s Office Task Force and the Florida Sheriff’s Association, we were able to bring personnel from eighteen (18) Sheriff’s Offices, one (1) Police Department, and four (4) Florida State Law Enforcement organizations to assist with law enforcement, search and rescue, supply delivery, tarping, tree and debris removal as well as many other public safety mission requests. In addition, our dispatchers received assistance through the Tactical Emergency Response Team, who provided a Consolidated Dispatch Agency from Tallahassee as well. I can’t stress enough how vital our dispatchers were during this time period and how difficult it can be handling all the telephone and radio calls. Our local DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office and Arcadia Police Department personnel worked hand in hand with all of the out-of-county help day and night. For your information, I have listed each Law Enforcement entity who came to DeSoto County to provide assistance. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they travel back home or continue on helping other affected counties.

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

Taylor County Sheriff’s Office

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office

Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Dixie County Sheriff’s Office

Bradford County Sheriff’s Office

Hardee County Sheriff’s Office

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office

Bay County Sheriff’s Office

Boynton Beach Police Department

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Florida Highway Patrol

Florida Wildlife Commission

Chief Financial Officer Law Enforcement Investigators

Again, let’s stay positive and continue to help each other as we move forward each day!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at (863) 993-4700 if we can assist you in any way. We are here for you, DeSoto.

Stay Safe, Be Kind, and God Bless.

Sheriff Potter