Captain Lauro E Diaz began his Law Enforcement career in 1979 with the U.S Army Military Police. After completion of a three year commitment with the Arm forces, Captain Diaz joined the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office where he spent twenty-seven years in law enforcement service. During this time, Captain Diaz worked in many different fields of law enforcement, and rose thru the ranks from Deputy Sheriff to Captain of law enforcement. His previous positions include uniform road patrol, detective in Tactical Unit, Narcotic Agent, and sergeant in both road patrol and special investigations. During this time he served as a Lieutenant of Narcotics, Captain of Narcotics, SWAT Commander, Training Captain and Command Duty Officer.
Captain Diaz has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University and a Master's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Kaplan University. Captain Diaz is also a graduate of Drug Commander School as well as Dignitary Protection commander School in Washington DC.
The Criminal Investigations Division of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of three units assigned to conduct follow-up investigation of serious crimes and complicated investigations: the Criminal Investigations Unit, the Special Operations Unit, the Special Victims Unit and the CrimeScene/Evidence Unit. Detectives, deputy sheriffs, and non-sworn staff assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division receive advanced training in their investigative specialty. In addition Captain Diaz also oversees the Evidence Department as well as the duties and responsibilities as the SWAT Commander. Captain Diaz also currently serves as the Homeland Security liaison to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The detectives assigned to the Special Operations Unit specialize in investigating illegal drug sales and other vice crimes. The types of cases investigated range from street level drug sales to pharmaceutical diversion to large scale organized criminal enterprises. The Special Investigations Unit works closely with Drug Enforcement Administration and participates in multi-agency task forces and joint investigations.
The Special Victims Unit investigates crimes against especially vulnerable victims, including child abuse, sexual crimes, and abuse and neglect of the elderly. The Special Victims Unit works closely with the Department of Children and Families to investigate all allegations of child and elder abuse or neglect reported in Highlands County. The victim advocates assigned to the Special Victims Unit work with victims of crime and assist them with negotiating the criminal justice system