Agricultural Crimes Unit

The Agricultural Crimes Unit is responsible for the patrolling and investigation duties in the rural sections of the county. They become acquainted with the property owners, their problems, and work with them to find solutions.

The Agricultural Unit addresses the unique problems associated with ranch-style living, i.e., livestock, citrus, and other aspects associated with the farming industry. Thefts of farm animals, crops, machinery, equipment, trespassing on cultivated lands and animal abuse/neglect are just a few examples of the crimes investigated by the Agricultural Unit. This unit conducts proactive patrols of extremely remote areas for illegal drug activity and trespassing. They also enforce the hunting laws of the state, and patrol the county parks during season.

The deputies regularly visit local residents in East Manatee to strengthen their relationship with the community and gather information.