Public Information Office

Lt. Grady Jordan is the Public Information Officer for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. The Public Information Officer is responsible for establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with the public as well as representatives from print and broadcast journalism and is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The P.I.O. handles all news releases and works with the members of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to present a positive and professional image. It is the job of the P.I.O. to “tell the organization’s story” in addition to being the conduit for the most up-to-date information provided to the public concerning all matters relating to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. The Public Information Officer receives many media related calls and in response to media inquiries, information is researched and disseminated through print, television and radio interviews, as well as media releases. Pro-active coverage of major events, arrests, and unusual situations occurring within the scope of law enforcement work are provided as events unfold. The PIO also coordinates media coverage in an effort to assist other divisions in locating fugitives, ascertaining information pertinent to criminal investigations and finding missing persons.

As a publicly supported agency existing solely to meet the needs of the citizens of Leon County, the Sheriff's Office recognizes the citizens' right-to-know and understand circumstances surrounding current events in the community. Further, the Sheriff's Office also recognizes the role of the media in educating and informing the citizens of our community.

All members of the agency are encouraged to strive for an atmosphere of cooperation with the news media and make efforts to answer all questions, bearing in mind the rights of the accused and importance of ongoing investigations. The Leon County Sheriff's Office, through the Public Information Office, maintains regular contact with the more than twenty (20) different news media organizations within Leon County.

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Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Social Media Posting Policy:

Thank you for following the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on social media! We welcome you to share your thoughts and feedback with us, and we ask that you please be responsible and courteous in your comments and replies. We reserve the right to hide/remove any comments or ban any users who violate our policy. Comments that contain obscene, indecent, or profane language; contain threats or defamatory statements; are bullying, intimidating, or harassing any user; contain personal attacks; contain hate speech; promote or endorse services or products; suggest or encourage illegal activity; are multiple, repetitive off-topic posts by a single user (spam); are not topically related to the particular posting; violate a legal ownership interest of any other party; or imbed links to other Internet sites may be hidden/removed. Users who violate this policy may be banned.

Our rules of decorum are in place to encourage civil discourse and to prevent a poster from disrupting dialog in a way that prevents or impedes the accomplishment of the purpose of our social media sites. Our purpose is to convey important public safety information, increase our ability to quickly, effectively, and efficiently reach Leon County and Big Bend area residents to help us find criminal suspects, find missing and/or endangered persons, communicate public safety alerts, and further our mission of preventing, reducing, suppressing, displacing, solving, and fighting crime in Leon County.