Inside the Broward Sheriff's Office

With 5,800 employees, including more than 2,800 certified deputies and more 600 fire rescue professionals, the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) is a full-service, nationally accredited public safety agency.

BSO provides full-time law enforcement services in 16 Broward cities and towns and in all of Broward's unincorporated areas, serving more than one-third of the county. In addition, BSO protects the Broward County Courthouse, the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, areas of the Everglades and the county's waterways, including Port Everglades.

The Department of Law Enforcement, in addition to road patrol and other customary operations, administers special units including the Bomb Squad, the K-9 (canine) Unit, School Resource Deputy Unit and the Child Protective Investigations Section (CPIS), which investigates allegations of abuse and neglect against Broward County's children.

BSO's Department of Detention and Community Programs administers the county's five jails and its offender programs including Drug Court and County Probation. The agency also manages 9-1-1 intake for the county and dispatch services for BSO and several local law enforcement agencies.

In October 2003, administration of the county's fire rescue operations was transferred to BSO. The Department of Fire Rescue provides fire suppression, fire protection, emergency medical services and educational programs for most unincorporated areas of Broward County and to several contracted municipalities in Broward County.

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Oversees law enforcement in all BSO districts, the agency's special units and divisions and communications and dispatch services.

Department of Law Enforcement

Oversees law enforcement in all BSO districts, the agency's special units and divisions and communications and dispatch services.

Department of Detention and Community Programs

Responsible for in-custody and community-based offender programs, and the operation of the five jails in Broward County.

Department of Fire Rescue

Provides fire suppression and protection services and emergency medical treatment and transport.

Community Programs

The Broward Sheriff's Office offers citizens a variety of educational programs to help keep our community safe and to assist law enforcement personnel on many levels.

Administrative Offices

These departments manage and support the day-to-day operation of the Sheriff's Office.

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