The Leon County Sheriff’s Office Forest Patrol is a specialized unit focused on the law enforcement responsibilities of the agency in the rural and remote areas of Leon County. The unit’s mission is to provide responsive and proactive law enforcement to the remote areas of the county specific to the needs of those areas and individuals.
Among other duties, the Forest Patrol Unit is responsible for all Search and Rescue coordination with the US National Forest Service, Search and Rescue Volunteers as well as State Emergency Management. In addition to managing lost person or rescue incidents, Forest Patrol manages the coordinated response to other catastrophic events such as wild fires, floods, and nuisance bear and alligator complaints. There is approximately 200,000 acres of the Apalachicola National Forest patrolled by the Forest Patrol Deputy. Forest Patrol also patrols the 117 mile ATV trail system enforcing regulations, investigating ATV crashes, and providing safety reports on trail conditions as well as the equestrian trails, mountain bike trails and hiking trails.