Sheriff’s K9 Retired

On Friday, October 11, Sheriff Mark Hunter presided over a retirement ceremony at the Sheriff’s Operation Center for a valued team member. K9 Bak, one of 4 canines used at the Sheriff’s Office was retired after a stellar career. Bak joined CCSO in Aug 2014 and immediately his impact was felt. Bak, a multi-purpose canine…

picture of Sheriff and some staff

Helping Hand Society Award presented to CCSO

On Thursday, October 10, President Bill Frye of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches along with Vice President Maria Knapp presented Sheriff Mark Hunter and the his staff with the “Helping Hand Society” statue for raising over 100k for the Youth Ranches over the years. We at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office take keeping youth safe…

Biased Policing vs Criminal Profiling: The facts

As your Sheriff’s Office works toward a safer Columbia; it’s important for our partners in the community to understand how we protect and why we do some of the things we do. Biased Policing  The Difference Between Biased Policing & Criminal Profiling Biased policing is the use of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, background,…

Sheriff giving plaque to Zimmie Petty

Sheriff Presents FSA Award

On Thursday, August 22, Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter recognized a local man for his tremendous support to the Florida Sheriffs Association. In a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Zimmie Petty of Lake City was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Sheriff Hunter. He was recognized for 35 years of contributing to the…