Broward County and Dade County Sheriff Office Information
Florida sheriffs are one of a handful of "constitutional" Florida offices; that is, the position was established as part of the Florida State constitution, which specifies their powers and that they be elected in the general ballot. They serve as the chief law enforcement officer in their respective counties. The sheriff's office is responsible for law enforcement, corrections, and court services within the county. Although each county sheriff's office is an independent agency, they all wear the "Florida's sheriff green" uniform with similar badges and patches, and drive vehicles with green and gold designs, as prescribed in Florida State Statues, with the exception of Duval and Miami-Dade.
If you are arrested in Miami it will be by the Mimai-Dade Sheriff's Office
Miami-Dade County (formerly Dade County) has two sheriffs/directors appointed by its county commission. In Miami-Dade County, the duties of the two appointed directors are split as follows:
- One sheriff is simultaneously the metropolitan sheriff and the director of public safety. As the director of public safety he/she serves as the chief of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
- The other sheriff serves as director of corrections (of the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections) and is charged with the care and custody of prisoners.
If you are arrested in Broward County it will most likely be by the Broward Sheriff's Office
The Broward Sheriff's Office is currently under the direction of Sheriff Scott Israel and is a full-service law enforcement agency. The sheriff has an undersheriff and several district chiefs, also called district commanders. These individuals generally hold the title of "captain." The Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) also directs and oversees the fire/rescue/EMS operations for the county, referred to Broward County Fire Rescue (BSO or County Fire Rescue). Overseeing the operation of the Fire/Rescue/EMS Division is a fire chief and several deputy chiefs. BSO Fire Rescue serves unincorporated parts of the county as well as municipalities under contract for fire/rescue/EMS. BSO also operates several helicopters that serve a dual purpose. Each helicopter is suited for law enforcement duties as well as medical evacuation (MEDEVAC); the helicopters are staffed both by sworn deputies as well as a flight nurse or flight medic. BSO also has a professional Marine Patrol, motor (cycle) patrol and mounted (horse) patrol. The Broward Sheriff's office also contracts its law enforcement duties to municipalities that either have no local police department or have disbanded the local police department to be incorporated to BSO.