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(Citrus County, FL) Today, we celebrate the many accomplishments, influential leadership, and well-deserved retirement of Citrus County Sheriff’s Office K9 Deputy Dale Strickland, who is officially retiring from our office after 22 years of unwavering service.

Dale began his public service career back in 1995 when he worked for Sumter Correctional and later on, Corrections Corp of America. By the end of 1999, he would join the CCSO team as a Patrol Deputy where in just two short years he would take on the role of Community Resource Officer. By the spring of 2009, Dale was promoted to the rank of Community Crimes Unit Detective where he served for five years before deciding to get back to his roots as a Patrol Deputy.

Finally, in 2016, Dale became a K9 handler, partnering with his current companion K9 Six, to better protect and serve our community. This dynamic duo was instrumental in locating 17 persons, apprehending 6 fleeing individuals, and conducting 235 vehicle sniffs that resulted in the seizure of 1,350.78 grams of Marijuana, 509.26 grams of methamphetamine, 5.21 grams of heroin, and 22.40 grams of cocaine.

Throughout his career, Dale has been instrumental in our operations, becoming a Field Training Officer to mentor and teach new deputy recruits, and joining both our Crisis Negotiation Team and Specialize Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. Over his tenure working at CCSO, Dale received multiple Certificates of Commendation, Letters of Appreciation, and a few Perfect Attendance Awards.

“Congratulations to Dale on his well-earned retirement,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “Thank you for being a mentor and a friend to all of us here at CCSO. We wish you the best in your retirement and can only hope you will enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed serving alongside you.”

Please join us in congratulating Deputy Dale Strickland on his steadfast commitment to our mission and selfless service to our community for the past two decades. Have a safe and healthy retirement!
Posted on 04 Mar 2022

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