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Behind the Star is the official podcast of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the largest law enforcement agency in Central Florida. From forensics to dispatch to the deputies on patrol, we share stories and talk to the brave men and women of law enforcement.

Behind the Star is the official podcast of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the largest law enforcement agency in Central Florida. From forensics to dispatch to the deputies on patrol, we share stories and talk to the brave men and women of law enforcement.
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Behind the Star is the official podcast of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the largest law enforcement agency in Central Florida. From forensics to dispatch to the deputies on patrol, we share stories and talk to the brave men and women of law enforcement.

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English

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4072421547


Episodes

What Happens When You Call 9-1-1

10/9/2019
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Every year, the Orange County Sheriff's Office Communications Center receives more than a million phone calls. The center, located in east Orange County, is where more than 200 operators answer both emergency and non-emergency calls. This week, Behind the Star host Jon Busdeker talks with Cynthia Jefferson, a manager and 20-year veteran of the Communications Center. Jefferson talks about what happens when a resident calls 9-1-1, how information is relayed to OCSO deputies and how operators...

Duration:00:36:36

From BBQs to Citizens on Patrol: Inside OCSO Community Relations

10/3/2019
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The Community Relations Division at the Orange County Sheriff's Office oversees more than a dozen agency initiatives, including community barbecues, award ceremonies and Citizens on Patrol. Lieutenant Alex Greenberg and Sergeant Menachem Green sat down with Behind the Star host Jon Busdeker to discuss the role of Community Relations and how it's helping build trust in the Orange County community.

Duration:00:30:58

Homicide: How and When OCSO releases information

9/25/2019
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If there's a homicide in Orange County, several units within the Orange County Sheriff's Office are alerted. Two of those units - Strategic Communications and the Homicide Unit - work closely to release information to the public. How, what and when information is released is vital to any investigation. On this week's Behind the Star, host Jon Busdeker speaks with Captain Carlos Torres of Strategic Communications and Homicide Unit Sgt. Joe Covelli about releasing details of a homicide.

Duration:00:40:54

From Football to Fighting Crime: Talking with Undersheriff Mark Canty

9/18/2019
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What is the role of the Undersheriff? Behind the Star host Jon Busdeker talks with Mark Canty, Undersheriff at the Orange County Sheriff's Office. A native of Central Florida and West Orange High School grad, Canty played football at Northwestern University and later worked for the Urban League of Central Florida. He spent 22 years at the Orlando Police Department before joining the Orange County Sheriff's Office in 2019.

Duration:00:28:39

The Role of the Chaplain

9/12/2019
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Master Deputy Stanley Murray is the Chaplain Coordinator at the Orange County Sheriff's Officer. Murray oversees a team of more than 20 chaplains of various faiths at the agency. Murray sat down with Behind the Star host Jon Busdeker to discuss the role of the chaplain and how chaplains respond to traumatic calls for help.

Duration:00:30:04

"Preparing for an Emergency" (Hurricane Dorian edition)

9/4/2019
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All eyes had been on Hurricane Dorian for nearly a week. A team of men and women at the Orange County Sheriff's Office were prepared for the impacts of the storm. Leading that team is Lt. Bill Bartlett, a veteran of OCSO who is in charge of Emergency Management. Before the storm passed Central Florida, Bartlett sat down with Behind the Star host Jon Busdeker to discuss how OCSO prepares for an emergency.

Duration:00:31:52

Keeping the Courthouse Safe

8/28/2019
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Sgt. Danielle Batlemento has worked at the Orange County Courthouse for nearly 25 years. She is one of more than 150 men and women who keep the sprawling complex in downtown Orlando safe. Behind the Star host Jon Busdeker talks with Betlemento about the challenges of protecting attorneys, judges, juries and the public and what happens when someone "accidentally" brings drugs or firearms to the courthouse.

Duration:00:32:19

CSI - Orange County, Florida

8/21/2019
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The Crime Scene Investigation Unit at the Orange County Sheriff's Office is on the front line of solving crimes in Orange County. Mikayla.Overholtzer and Missy Roughgarden, both Crime Scene Investigators, sit down with Behind the Star host Jon Busdeker to discuss what life's like working in Forensics. (Warning: This episode may contain information not suitable for all audiences.)

Duration:00:32:26

Everything You Wanted to Know about Crossing Guards*

8/14/2019
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The new school year for Orange County Public Schools started this week, which means crossing guards are posted at crosswalks around the county. Bertis Negron is the School Guard Coordinator at the Orange County Sheriff's Office and supervises more than 400 employees. Behind the Star host Jon Busdeker talks to Negron how locations for crossing guards are determined, who applies for the job, what training the crossing guards must complete and where the crossing guards get their gear. If you...

Duration:00:31:44

How to Get Hired at OCSO

8/7/2019
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The Orange County Sheriff's Office is always looking to hire deputies and civilians. As an agency that employs nearly 2,500 people, OCSO prides itself with hiring highly qualified candidates of the highest integrity for all positions. But what exactly are we looking for? That's the job of Field Recruiter Sgt. Steve Harrielson. Host Jon Busdeker talks to Harrielson about the requirements for sworn positions, how veterans make great deputies and how you can apply to the Sheriff's...

Duration:00:33:42

Lock Up Your Home. Lock Up Your Car.

7/31/2019
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Has your house ever been broken into? Has anything ever been stolen out of your vehicle? If so, it's Corporal Kelly Deegan's job to work the case. Deegan is part of the Criminal Investigations Division Property Unit, which handles thousands of cases each year. Investigators like Deegan are tasked with investigating residential, commercial and vehicle burglaries, as well as thefts, criminal mischiefs, and dealing in stolen property cases that occur in the county. Deegan spoke with Behind the...

Duration:00:34:32

Horsing Around with the Mounted Unit

7/24/2019
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Master Deputy Lindsay Whitesell and Deputy First Class Andrew Stephens discuss life in the Mounted Unit at the Orange County Sheriff's Office. About a dozen horses are part of the unit which patrols Orange County, handles crowd control and performs search and rescue. Whitesell and Stephens answer the tough questions, including: "What happens when a horse has to use the bathroom?" This week's episode was recorded on location at OCSO's stables near Walt Disney World. Behind the Star is hosted...

Duration:00:36:12

Protecting Pine Hills - Sector 3 Captain Tony Marlow

7/17/2019
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Captain Tony Marlow oversees Sector 3, a large portion of Orange County that includes Dr. Phillips, Horizons West and Pine Hills. Marlow, who grew up in North Florida, played basketball at the University of Central Florida before becoming an Orange County Deputy. Marlow talks to Behind the Star host Jon Busdeker about the perception vs. reality of Pine Hills and the challenges of protecting a growing region like West Orange County.

Duration:00:35:15

Talking with Orange County Sheriff John Mina

6/26/2019
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Sheriff John Mina talks about his career as a law enforcement officer, from working on the streets of Orlando to overseeing the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Mina was elected Orange County Sheriff in November 2018.

Duration:00:24:19