Major Denise Demps has served the citizens of Orange County as a law enforcement officer for 24 years. She is the highest ranking black female serving as the first black female to be appointed to the rank of Major at the Orange County Sheriff Office. Major Demps currently commands the Uniform Patrol Division.
Major Demps is a native of Orlando, Florida and the daughter of Mrs. Cassandra (Taylor) Williams and the late Mr. R.J. Demps. She is the eldest of two children and her sister Andrea Demps is also an Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. She attended Orange County, Florida public schools and graduated from Maynard Evans High School.
After graduating high school Denise enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer (Combat Support). She quickly rose through the enlisted ranks and after 18 years, was promoted to the highest enlisted military rank of Sergeants Major in March 2007 and appointed to Command Sergeants Major in May 2013. Over the last 28 years she has been deployed abroad to serve in Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East in September 1990, she served during a peace keeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina in August 1997 and in January 2003, Major Demps deployed to serve in the Iraq Freedom War for 12 months and was awarded the distinguished Bronze Star Medal. Major Demps remains an active U.S. Army Reservist and serves as a Command Sergeants Major.
Major Demps returned from Desert Storm and began her dual career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in November 1991. Major Demps has a long, distinguished, and successful career in area of public service. She began as a Patrol deputy in Orange County’s Westside. Major Demps has worked in several assignments as she rose through the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant. She was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006, assigned to manage a platoon of patrol deputies serving the citizens of west Orange County. In February 2009, Sheriff Jerry L. Demings appointed Denise as the Professional Standards Manager. In August 2010 she was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as the Patrol Night Watch Commander, Community Relations Manager and as a Patrol Commander in Northwest Orange County.
Major Demps earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College of Missouri in 2006. She graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Public Administration at the University of Central Florida.
Despite the demands of a her busy dual careers Major Demps still finds time to give back to her community by involving herself in numerous social service activities, committees, and associations.