HCSO Deputy Stephanie Krager
Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year
Deputy Stephanie Krager began her law enforcement career in 1987 at the Clearwater Police Department where she served as a police explorer and reserve officer assigned to the patrol division.
In 1989, Stephanie joined the Dunedin Police Department as a patrol officer. Her keen investigative skills and talents quickly earned her promotion to Detective where she served in the burglary, homicide, sex crimes and child abuse bureaus.
The next step in Stephanie’s rising career occurred in 1995 when she was sworn in as a Deputy for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office where she continues to serve as Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator as well as Homeless Initiative Coordinator.
Highlights of her career included the development of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in 2004 after she recognized the importance and need for law enforcement training on mental health issues.
Ten years after founding the CIT Program, Deputy Krager continues to facilitate the training and coordination of the program. Agencies nationwide have attended this training.
In 2013, Deputy Krager joined the District III Homeless Initiative Team. She has placed over 200 chronically homeless individuals into permanent supportive housing and has reunited countless others with their out-of-town families.
Deputy Krager’s innovations continue to lead the way. She has been honored with over 40 awards and commendations for her work with homeless individuals, as well as those suffering from mental illness. Her hard work and dedication to these programs were recently recognized in a private meeting with President Barack Obama.