The Council serves as a liaison between the Hispanic community and the Sheriff's office. The Council achieves this through community outreach initiatives and scholarships to deserving young persons.
The Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council originated in 1982 by then Sheriff Walter Heinrich and Ray E. Fernandez. It was noted at that time in history, that the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was the only law enforcement agency in the country with a Hispanic Advisory Council. The Council works to serve both the community and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office through a variety of services. Council members, all of whom are citizen volunteers, strive to engage in activities that promote a better understanding and trust between the two.