Orlando, FL – As reported by the media, the sheriff said he was ready on day one to serve our
community, yet he still has no plan to address the rise in homicides. Homicide rates in 2018 were up 30%
from 2017 and now in 2019 they continue to skyrocket.
Democrat Sheriff Candidate Joe Lopez said, “The sheriff still has no plan to address the surge in violent
crime.” Lopez continued by stating that “additionally, the sheriff’s deputies have yet to be fairly
compensated for their work. This is unacceptable. They deserve better.”
Orange County deputies are not only currently making less than the Orlando Police Department, but the
department has struggled with officer retention and morale for years because of the wage disparity. The
wages should be commensurate to the risk that these officers face everyday.
The question that Lopez poses is “How much longer can we expect our deputies to do more with less?”
Policing is a difficult occupation and necessary in boosting public confidence. We have an obligation to
our citizens of Orange County to reduce violent crime and increase wages for our Orange County Sheriff
Deputies. The public should have a sheriff who has a plan to tackle these community concerns with an
effective leadership approach. We can no longer have a business as usual approach to law enforcement.
Joe Lopez is a military veteran, who achieved the rank of Sergeant with the United States Marines, Following his
service in the armed forces, Lopez spent three decades with the Florida Highway Patrol overseeing Troopers from
Orlando to Miami. Joe is married to his wife, Lisette, for 29 years. Together they have 2 children; their daughter,
Victoria, and son, Andy.