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Department of Children and Families Pulls Child Investigation Unit from Citrus Sheriff

In 2000, several Sheriff’s Offices across the state, including those in Hillsborough and Broward counties, began doing their own child protection services investigations. Citrus County began around 2007. No longer for Citrus, news organizations report. In a recent, first-of-its-kind move, the Florida Department of Children and Families announced it would pull the unit from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office effective Oct. 31.

It’s not clear why the move was made, though some said it was a funding issue and one official said it was not performance related. According to Bay News 9, the Sheriff’s Office expected it would keep the unit following a decision by Gov. Rick Scott to keep Children Protection Investigations there.

“However, according to Bay News 9’s partner paper, the Citrus County Chronicle, an official with the Department of Children and Families informed the sheriff’s office that they were taking over due to budget concerns,” the news organization reported.

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