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Sheriff's Office
400 S. Eucalyptus St.
Sebring, Florida 33870
P: 863-402-7200
F: 863-402-7296

Jail Location

338 S. Orange St.
Sebring, Florida 33870
P: 863-402-7201
F: 863-402-7271

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Internal Affairs

Lieutenant Sean Casey began his career withLt  Sean Casey the Florida Department of Corrections in 1995 as a Corrections Officer.  He completed the Correction to Law Enforcement (Crossover) Academy and became a member of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office in 1999.  His previous positions include patrol deputy, field training deputy, detective, patrol sergeant, lieutenant in the Uniform Patrol Division, and is currently a lieutenant in Internal Affairs. 

Lieutenant Casey earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from the University of South Florida, majoring in Psychology.  He received his law enforcement certification from South Florida State College, Avon Park.  He has completed the Florida Leadership Academy in 2010 and is currently completing the Senior Leadership Program in Tallahassee, Florida.

Internal Affairs processes, tracks and monitors investigations regarding Sheriff's Office members.
Internal Affairs is also tasked with ensuring that misconduct allegations made against members are thoroughly investigated while maintaining objectivity by gathering all pertinent information in a professional manner.
 
Review these Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Internal Affairs.
 
Q: How do I file a complaint against an employee of the Highlands County Sheriff's Office?
A: Complaints may be accepted by any Sheriff's Office supervisor. Complaints may be received verbally or in writing, in person, by telephone, by mail or by electronic means.
Q: How will the complaint be investigated?
A:
When a complaint is received, it is assigned either to the affected member's Bureau or to Internal Affairs. Statements will be taken from the complainant, witnesses and the subject member.
All complaints against members are investigated provided the complaint contains sufficient factual data to warrant an investigation.
Q: How are the investigations resolved?
A: Serious infractions are normally referred to Internal Affairs. All other investigations are heard and settled at the Bureau level.
Q: Who reviews the internal affairs report once completed?
A:
The Bureau Commander reviews the investigator's reports, discusses the facts of the case with other supervisors, as needed and recommends a finding and conclusion of fact.  Complaints may be sustained, not sustained, unfounded, exonerated or deferred for further investigation.
When the Bureau Commander sustains a complaint against a member, they also recommend corrective action to the Sheriff. Corrective action can range from remedial training to termination.
In addition, the State Attorney's Office reviews any complaint where there is a possibility a member may be involved in violation of state law. Violation of federal law will be referred to the appropriate federal agency.
Q: What rights do members have if a complaint is made against them?
A:
Members have the right to review all complaints and witness statements prior to final resolution.
All investigations remain confidential until finalized. No participant including complainants, investigated member, investigators or witnesses will disclose any information regarding the investigation until the investigation is concluded and final discipline is rendered.
Members have the right to representation while giving a formal statement. Members will not be discharged, disciplined, demoted, denied promotion, transferred, re-assigned or otherwise discriminated against concerning their employment or threatened with any such treatment by reason of their exercise of rights.
Members must be protected against false allegations of misconduct. This is best accomplished by consistently conducting thorough, fair and objective investigations. Persons who knowingly make a false complaint may be subject to criminal prosecution and / or civil action.
 
For more information contact Internal Affairs:
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(863) 402-7200