About the Monroe County Sheriff's Office
The Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement service to all of the Florida Keys, which include approximately 125 miles of islands branching off the southern tip of Florida. The main and only highway, U.S. 1 runs from Florida City to Key West, and in that span, there are 42 bridges connecting the islands. Mile Markers are placed along U.S. 1 to act as landmarks as shown in this map.
In order to provide progressive service, the Sheriff's Office employs 530 people. 194 of those are road patrol officers and detectives, 120 are Corrections Officers, 173 serve as support 43 people are employed by the Sheriff's Office-managed HIDTA Group (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area).
The Florida Keys is a popular vacation spot and over 2,000,000 tourists visit the Keys each year. In peak season (January until April) the population of the county may reach as high as 150,000.
In order to serve the unique population of the Keys, the Sheriff's Office has state of the art detention facilities located in Stock Island, Marathon and Plantation Key. The Main Sheriff's Office Administration building is also located on Stock Island, with patrol substations on Cudjoe Key, Marathon (Key Vaca) , Islamorada, and Plantation Key.
The Sheriff's Office has a fully equipped Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), as well as a Dive Team, Bomb Squad, Marine Unit, Major Crime Investigations Unit and Special Investigations Unit (specializing in drug investigations).
Our vision is to enhance the quality of life in the Florida Keys through strong community partnerships, in a way that maintains the public trust. The men and women of the Monroe County Sheriff’s office will pursue the highest standards of Law Enforcement Excellence in everything we do.
It is the mission of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to suppress, prevent and deter crime with the relentless pursuit of all criminals as a top priority. We will operate safe and professional detention and court security services throughout the Keys. We are dedicated to keeping our communities and roadways safe while providing the highest quality of service to our residents and visitors. WE ARE committed to the Keys!