According to Lee Massie, Orange County Sheriff's Office captain of Sector 2, East Orlando is the largest of the 6 sectors within Orange County and answers the most calls annually.
"To have a facility like this affords us an opportunity to be more involved in the community we serve," Massie
"Most rooms are set up to do just about anything," Massie
There is an on-site fitness facility that is open to all Orange County
Sheriffs and a laundry room.
Another unique thing you'll find at the Lake Underhill substation is empty offices and open rooms.
"This building was built for anticipated growth," Massie
Despite being in a substation, Massie emphasizes the importance of being connected and working hand-in-hand with the Sherriff's Office.
"We're not going to be two separate entities - we're a continual seamless operation," Massie
This is done through the utilization of technology, which Massie
says needs to be embraced in order to be effective.
Through an online Orange County
map viewer, Massie
can view recent crimes that have occurred in specific areas, and then conclude where to send his
starts to notice trends of suspicious people, he
can post this on a virtual bulletin board that all sectors of the Sheriff's Office are privy to, in an effort to share information.
"There's a way to be both efficient and effective," Massie
"I have so many resources at my disposal.
We can now merge crime analysis with enforcement - instead of looking for a needle in a giant hay stack, I can make the hay stack a little smaller.
, who grew up in East Orange County
and whose parents still live in the area, says he
has a vested interest in keeping this community safe.
According to Massie
, the next step is getting the citizens involved.
The Orange County Sherriff's
Office website - OCSO.com - provides a wealth of helpful tips and information, as well as the opportunity to sign up for crime alerts.
"We really want to reach out to citizens," Massie