Sheriff Paul Blackman has made community relations a focus of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.
The HCSO has launched several programs since Sheriff Blackman took office in January of 2017 and taken a more proactive approach to keeping residents informed.
Some of the new initiatives begun since 2017 are:
- COPS ADAPT Unit
- Sheriff's App
- Explorers Post 2247
- Heel Together Academy
- Therapy Dog program
- Seniors vs. Crime
- Citizen's Academy
- Sheriff's Targeted Enforcement Programs (STEP)