Sheriff

The sheriff in each of the 67 counties in Florida is charged with the following duties under state law: keep the peace; execute warrants, writs, and court and county commission orders; attend, in person or by deputy, all sessions of the circuit court, county court, and county commission; arrest criminals; and act as ex officio timber agent. Also by law, each sheriff was required to incorporate an antiprofiling policy into his or her department’s practices and procedures by 2002. Most of the sheriffs in Florida have the operation of a county jail in their list of duties as well. The state of Florida ranks fifth in the nation in number of sworn personnel, including sheriffs and deputies, per 100,000 residents, with 99 such officers. Three of the county sheriff’s departments rank in the top ten in the United States by number of sworn personnel: Broward County (7th), Palm Beach County (8th), and Orange County (10th). These rankings do not include Miami-Dade County, since its law enforcement is provided by a police department.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement provides training and certification of sheriffs, as well as deputies and corrections officers. Thirty-six of the county sheriff’s departments are accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, indicating that they meet high standards of professional practices, including effective and efficient delivery of services, accountability, and reduced liability.

All county sheriffs are elected to four year terms, with one exception. Instead of an elected sheriff, Miami-Dade County has a chief law enforcement officer, appointed by the county government, whose title is Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. Sheriffs in Florida have jurisdiction throughout their county, including incorporated as well as unincorporated areas. As in most states, however, the sheriff’s department tends to focus its operations on areas of the county not patrolled by a city police department. For contact information for a specific sheriff’s department, see the corresponding page on this website.

Alachua County Jail Baker County Jail Bay County Jail & Annex - Cca
Bradford County Jail Broward County Jail Calhoun County Jail
Charlotte County Jail Citrus County Detention Facility Clay County Jail
Collier County Jail De Soto County Jail Dixie County Jail
Duval-Jacksonville County Jail Escambia County Jail Flagler County Jail
Franklin County Jail Gadsden County Jail Gilchrist County Jail
Glades County Jail Gulf County Jail Hamilton County Jail
Hardee County Jail Hendry County Jail Hernando County Jail - CCa
Highlands County Jail Hillsborough County Indian River County Jail
Jacksonville City Jail Jefferson County Jail Lafayette County Jail
Lake County Jail Lee County Jail Levy County Jail
Liberty County Jail Madison County Jail Manatee County Jail
Marion County Jail Martin County Jail Monroe County Jail
Okaloosa County Jail Okeechobee County Jail Orange County Jail
Osceola County Jail Palm Beach County Jail Pasco County Jail
Pinellas County Jail Polk County Jail Putnam County Jail
Santa Rosa County Jail Sarasota County Jail St. Johns County Jail
St. Lucie County Main Jail Suwanee County Jail Taylor County Jail
Union County Jail Volusia County Jail Wakulla County Jail
Walton County Jail Washington County Jail