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.