Frequently Asked Questions
If I want to report something, is 911 the only number to call?
For anything relating to a crime that is occurring now or any other emergency, call 911.
If in doubt, be safe and call 911.
For non-emergency reports, suspicious activity or requests, call the non-emergency number for the Hardee County Sheriff's Office, (863) 773-4144.
Can I make a police report any time of the day, or do I need to make an appointment?
The sheriff's office will respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to any request for police assistance. We always have deputies on the road. When you call, we'll send someone to your house or business.
Should I report suspicious activity in my neighborhood?
Yes, the sheriff's office depends on citizens calling to report crimes or suspicious activity.
The receiving officer who takes your call will ask questions about the activity to determine its nature. The officer will also ask for descriptions of the people involved. You'll be asked for your name and address, but you may decline to give this information and a deputy will still respond.
What are my rights as a victim of crime?
Pleas click here for a complete explanation of your rights as a victim or witness of a crime.
I have a problem with speeders in my neighborhood. What can I do about it?
Call the sheriff's office at (863) 773-4144 and request increased traffic patrol in your area. If the speeding occurs at a specific time each day, this information will be helpful as well as a description of the suspect's vehicle.
Why do the Sheriff's Communications Officers ask so many questions when I call?
The Communications Officers are trained to get as much information as possible to determine the nature of the problem and its seriousness.
On emergency calls, the Communications Officer will try to provide the appropriate personnel, whether it's law enforcement, EMS, fire, or all three at the same time.
How can I get a copy of an incident report?
You must wait 3 business days for an incident report to become available, then call the Records Custodian with the case number. If you don't have the case number, you'll need the location of the incident, date and any victim or suspect information.
There is a fee for these copies.
The Hardee County Sheriff's Office Records Custodian can be reached at (863) 773-0304 ext. 230 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why did it take longer for a Sheriff's Deputy to answer my call this time than on previous calls for assistance?
All requests for police service are prioritized based on the seriousness of the incident and the potential for injury or damage to property.
At times, calls of a less urgent nature must be delayed so deputies can respond immediately to emergencies.
Someone has abandoned a car in my parking lot or on my property. Can the sheriff's office tow it away for me?
The police can only tow vehicles abandoned on public property. If it's on public property, the vehicle may be towed by a wrecker at no cost to you. If it's on private property, the property owner must arrange with a wrecker service for the vehicle's removal.
State Law has certain restrictions the property owner must follow in these cases. In some instances, it may be appropriate to contact an attorney for advice.
Can a Sheriff's Deputy open my car if I've locked my keys inside?
This service was discontinued due to the increased liability and workload on sheriff's office staff.
As locking systems become more complex, updated tools are required and there's the potential of damaging sensitive electronics or wiring.
The Hardee County Sheriff's Office will attempt to unlock a locked vehicle in the event of a life threatening emergency.
A few suggested precautions citizens can take to be prepared in the event keys are lost or locked in a vehicle are:
- Keep spare keys in your purse or wallet
- Have spare keys at your home or office
- Hide a spare key on your vehicle
- Store phone numbers in your cell phone such as roadside assistance clubs, locksmiths, tow services, dealerships or auto repair shops
Are there auctions to dispose of impounded vehicles or patrol cars?
We auction off our older patrol vehicles generally on a yearly basis.
The auction takes place at Tampa Machinery Auction, located at US Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL.