Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office History Center

Presented by HCSO Charities, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office provides guests an immersive experience that showcases more than 170 years of law enforcement excellence.

Photographic History: Travel back in time to the early beginnings of HCSO; from the "Stockade" and construction of the Orient Road Jail and Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Center, to the cars and communications center of the day.

Equipment: A range of law enforcement equipment, past and present is on display and the evolution in technologies are sure to amaze many who experience these presentations.

Uniforms: While the uniform colors and styles have changed over the years, the basic layout of deputies wearing a badge, shoulder patches, and duty belts have remained fairly consistent. Our uniform displays are the perfect opportunity for visitors to see for themselves how HCSO looked then and now.

Badges: From the earliest agency badge which was hand forged and stamped, to more commercially available forgings and the modern day commemorative, our badge collection ranges from 1845 to the current badge worn by deputies of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Fallen Heroes: Honoring the legacy and sacrifice of those who were killed in the line of duty, the Fallen Heroes room provides visitors the opportunity to learn about our 16 fallen deputies. Our rotating feature collection highlights Sergeant Ben P. Wilder, Jr. who was shot an killed in 1962 during the attempted arrest of a suspect with felony warrants. 


Our docents are happy to welcome guests, share insights, and answer questions.

Visits to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office History Center, powered by HCSO Charities are always free. 

HCSO History Center

2001 N 19th Street, Tampa, Florida 33605t