Public Information Office
BSO's Public Information Office prepares news releases, co-ordinates print and broadcast coverage of agency events and acts as the liaison between BSO and the local, state and national media at crime scenes and other activities that generate media interest.
Mailing address:Broward Sheriff's Public Information Office
P.O. Box 9507
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
Telephone: (954) 831-8300
Fax: (954) 797-0927
Duty Officer (after hours emergencies): (954) 767-8740
The Public Information Office is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The office is closed on county holidays. After hours, messages can be left on voice mail and calls will be returned after 9:00 a.m. the following business day.
Public Information Office On-Call Policy
The Public Information Office staff strives to be responsive and professional, acting in compliance with the Florida Public Records law and in the best interest of the agency, the news media, and the people of Broward County. Routine media inquiries and records requests are handled as expeditiously as possible during normal business hours. After hours and on weekends, a media relations staff member is always on-call for emergencies and for significant breaking news events.
After hours, the on-call staff member will generally not have information regarding non-fatal car crashes, routine arrests, crimes not resulting in death or critical injury, or the status of cases being investigated by other agencies with BSO's assistance.
Written records, including arrest affidavits and event reports, are not available on the weekend and are never disseminated from the jail.
On-call staff members should be contacted only in situations of high importance. Because the on-call staff member changes on a weekly basis, news media should call the Communications Duty Officer at (954) 767-8740 and request that the on-call staff member be paged.