News from the desk of Sheriff James Potter


“Protecting and Changing the Future of our Youth”

Dear DeSoto County,

As we walk our daily path we can become so focused on our tasks that we miss the opportunity to look outward. When we look outward we discover the many opportunities to help make a difference in our community.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to represent the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office along with a group of speakers who addressed the students at DeSoto County High School.

The message topic: “The Facts, Your Future,” a campaign to educate our youth.

The campaign is led by First Lady Casey DeSantis to provide Florida’s youth with facts surrounding substance use and how it can negatively impact lives. The goal of the program is to provide students with factual information on the dangerous impacts of drugs and alcohol, so young individuals can make well-informed, educated decisions about their future much earlier on in life.

“The Facts, Your Future” campaign focuses on supporting students to ensure they receive prevention instruction and encouragement to protect and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding substance abuse and discouraging risky behaviors so young individuals can thrive and flourish for the rest of their lives.

I understand it is not easy living through pressures in today’s world, especially as a young student. The rest of our law enforcement members, office staff, and myself are all passionate about raising awareness around substance abuse, especially to prevent negative habits early on.

If you would like to be involved in making a difference for future generations and the rest of their lives, start by raising awareness around substance abuse with your children, friends and extended families. Learn about the available resources identified in this program, and understand how looking outward to what’s available can help make a difference.

Together we can help reduce the number of children and teens who make life-altering decisions now or later in life, by supporting them to transition their path in life by steering clear of substance abuse.

Are you up to the challenge to protect and change a child’s life?

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