Trooper, deputy, officer -- what's the difference?

Trooper Steve breaks down how to tell law enforcement officers apart

By Steve Montiero - Traffic Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - What if I told you all cops are not simply called cops.

We see things every day and make decision on what we see. The world of law enforcement is huge and here in Florida is no different.

There are hundreds of different law enforcement agencies throughout our state but there are three simple ways to determine what and who you’re looking at when it comes to the local, county and state level. 

Police uniforms are a dead giveaway when it comes to identifying them, but what about when it comes to addressing them? Are they all simply called cops? Well, no.

A good way to tell the difference between local, county and state law enforcement officers is the color of the uniform they are wearing. About 99 percent of Florida municipal police departments or city police wear a dark blue or black uniform and they are properly referred to as a police officer or officer.

County law enforcement officers wear green uniforms. In Florida, there are 67 different sheriff offices and they are referred to as deputy sheriffs or just deputies.

Of course, there is also the Florida Highway Patrol. These law enforcement officers are our state police and wear a tan uniform. These men and women are referred to as state troopers or simply troopers.

To recap:

Blue or black uniform: police officer or officer
Green uniform: deputy sheriff or deputy
Tan uniform: state trooper or trooper
 

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