Uniform Patrol Division

Captain James McGannCaptain James McGann began his career at the Highlands County Sheriffs Office in 1995. He has worked in and supervised functions in Uniform Patrol, Special Operations, Field Training, SWAT, and K-9.

He is a graduate of Columbia College, the DEA Drug Commander Academy, and the FDLE Executive Institute. Captain McGann is currently assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division. 

Capt. McGann may be contacted at jmcgann@highlandssheriff.org or by calling 863-402-7463.


Patrol SUV driving through water on road
The Uniform Patrol Division is responsible for the delivery of law enforcement services to Highlands County's 100,000-plus residents and patrolling the county's 1,082 square miles. In an average month, there are around 7,000 calls for service answered by the HCSO, the vast majority of them by the UPD. 

The UPD provides full-service law enforcement 24 hours a day, 365 days a year utilizing problem-oriented and data-driven policing strategies. These deputies are tasked with answering both emergency and non-emergency calls and the application of the laws during arrests/searches, court related process after arrest, civil process, crime/accident scene investigations, evidence collections, interviewing and taking statements, providing security, escort services, and community interaction.

In an average month, there are around 7,000 calls for service answered by the HCSO, the vast majority of them by the UPD.

In 2023, the deputies of the Uniform Patrol Division answered 79,021 calls for service (217 per day), made 12,670 traffic stops, wrote 5,247 traffic citations and made 2,017 arrests, inluding 80 DUI arrests. 

The UPD has four squads, each supervised by a Watch Commander, who is a lieutenant. The squads are split into zones among the North District and South District. The North District, which includes the City of Avon Park, has six zones, while the South District has five. Each District falls under the direct supervision of a sergeant. The City of Avon Park has three deputies and a sergeant specifically assigned to zones within the city limits. 

County law enforcement zone map