Sheriff Vent Crawford

Vent Crawford is a lifelong resident of Hardee County.  He and his wife, Dr. Teresa Crawford, have been married for 35 years and have one daughter, Kaylyn Walton and two grandchildren, Wynley Kate and Crawford. 

Vent graduated from Hardee High, earned an AA from South Florida Junior College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida. He is currently working on his Masters in Criminology with American Military University and lacks his thesis to complete. He served in state law enforcement for 28 years beginning his career as a trooper in Miami and ending his career with the Florida Highway Patrol as a Lieutenant.  During his law enforcement career he has worked in every county in Florida South of Polk County. As a state law enforcement officer, Vent oversaw homicide investigations, served as a district lieutenant, oversaw communications for South West Florida, and supervised training and evidence for Troop F.

Vent has been an active community volunteer beginning at 17 as a volunteer firefighter.  He has coached Little League, served as an umpire, player agent and the President of the league.  He chaired the Juvenile Justice Board, served as a mentor for at-risk students at the high school and has chaperoned countless events. More recently Vent has served on the fair board and is their vice-president.  He has been instrumental in securing grants for their improvements and has worked to oversee those improvements.

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Oct. 20, 2021

Three Arrested and Stolen Items Recovered

Oct. 18, 2021

Three Dangerous Individuals Wanted Out of Polk County Captured in Zolfo Springs

Jul. 16, 2021

Passing of retired major Paul “Eddie” Davis

Jul. 12, 2021

Armed Standoff with Subject Barricaded in Vehicle

Apr. 05, 2021

***Wanted Individual***

Mar. 05, 2021

March 5, 2021 Update Regarding Officer Involved Shooting on Vandolah Road

Feb. 22, 2021

Attempted Homicide

Jan. 22, 2021

Hardee County Sheriff's Office Testing Body-Worn Cameras

Jan. 12, 2021

Homicide Investigation

Dec. 07, 2020

Osprey Lane Shooting Suspect Arrested

Dec. 07, 2020

Officer Involved Shooting on Vandolah Road Update

Dec. 07, 2020

One Deceased and One Hospitalized after located at Residence on Chamberlin Boulevard

Nov. 27, 2020

Officer Involved Shooting on Vandolah Road

Nov. 25, 2020

Shooting on Osprey Lane

Nov. 03, 2020

Text-to-911 Now Available in Hardee County

Sep. 22, 2020

Recovered items result in multiple arrests

Aug. 10, 2020

Undercover operation and high-speed pursuit lead to sex offender's arrest

Aug. 05, 2020

Former HCSO deputy arrested for tampering with evidence and drug charges

Jul. 22, 2020

Wauchula man found with over 130 grams of meth, nearly 900 grams of marijuana and over $12,000 cash

Jun. 29, 2020

Zolfo Springs man arrested for sexually battering child

Jun. 08, 2020

Search warrants place meth dealers behind bars

May. 26, 2020

Recent HCSO deputy arrested for drug charges

May. 20, 2020

Hit and run results in Okeechobee man's arrest

May. 15, 2020

Sex offender arrested for failing to comply with offender registration requirements

May. 12, 2020

Juvenile with seven local warrants arrested after high-speed chase in stolen vehicle

Mar. 30, 2020

Hillsborough County man charged with armed burglary and kidnapping

Feb. 14, 2020

HCSO Drug Task Force investigation lands felon 40-year prison sentence

Feb. 12, 2020

Couple passed out in running vehicle with child in backseat

Feb. 05, 2020

Individual wanted by U.S. Marshal Service found hiding in attic

Jan. 23, 2020

Drugs found in car being driven by individual with suspended license

Nov. 14, 2019

Felon arrested on local warrant at traffic stop, meth and stolen firearm found in vehicle

Nov. 12, 2019

Individual crashes stolen vehicle near high school, resulting in foot pursuit and death investigation

Oct. 16, 2019

DNA results in prison sentence for burglar

Jul. 29, 2019

Hardee County Sheriff's Office Implements GED Program at County Jail

Jul. 23, 2019

Cybertips result in Bowling Green Man's Arrest

Jul. 16, 2019

Cybertips lead to Wauchula Man's Arrest

Jul. 05, 2019

Traffic Stop Results in Alligator's Rescue

Jun. 12, 2019

Thieves Caught for Multiple Burglaries

Jun. 04, 2019

Local Veterinarian Arrested for Suspended License

May. 31, 2019

Possession of Concentrated THC Results in Felony Charge

May. 08, 2019

Thief Leaves Cell Phone Behind in Stolen Vehicle

Apr. 16, 2019

Drug dealer arrested

Apr. 12, 2019

Armed and dangerous

Apr. 11, 2019

Juveniles burglarize Hardee County sports complexes

Apr. 08, 2019

Reported Dangerous Shooting

Apr. 05, 2019

Traffic Stop turned Drug Bust

Mar. 28, 2019

Crime Stoppers Reveals New National Logo

Mar. 28, 2019

String of Vehicle Burglaries in Riverview Area

Mar. 27, 2019

Domestic Violence turned Orchestrated Burglary

Mar. 07, 2019

Search Warrant Results in Large Drug Bust

Mar. 04, 2019

Death Investigation at Intersection of Honeysuckle and Hyde Street

Feb. 12, 2019

Secretary Charged with Grand Theft and Fraud

Feb. 12, 2019

Reported Strong Arm Robbery

Jan. 25, 2019

Dangers of Synthetic Cannabis

Nov. 23, 2018

Reported Shooting on Magnolia Boulevard

Nov. 06, 2018

Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

Nov. 05, 2018

Reported Shooting on Lincoln Street