Monroe County Sheriff's Office Jurisdictional Area
The Florida Keys are a chain of islands extending south and west from the southern tip of Florida. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency providing service to the residents of the county. The agency’s jurisdictional area extends from the Monroe County line at the 112 mile marker of U.S. One (including County Road 905 and a portion of Card Sound Road) to the island of Key West at the five mile marker of the same highway. The agency is also charged with operating county detention facilities and serving civil papers in the entire county.
The Sheriff’s Office has its main headquarters building, and its main detention center just outside of Key West on Stock Island. The county is broken up into districts, including the Lower Keys (District One), the Middle Keys (Districts Four and Five), Islamorada (District Six) and the Upper Keys (District Seven).
While the Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency for Monroe County, other local, state and federal agencies also operate in the Florida Keys. The Florida Highway Patrol investigates most accidents on Keys’ roadways. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission takes care of most waterborne law enforcement activities. The Naval Air Station, located in the Lower Keys, has its own security force. The city of Key West has its own police force, as does the city of Key Colony Beach. The Sheriff’s Office works closely with all law enforcement agencies in the Keys, and enjoys a good working relationship with all of them.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has 544 employees, including 189 road patrol deputies, 139 corrections officers, 158 support staff and 58 employees in our South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area office.
Sheriff’s Office Locations
Headquarters: Located at 5525 College Road on Stock Island, the sheriff’s headquarters building houses all the main administrative offices responsible for day-to-day operations, including the Finance Division, the Human Resources Division, Records and Warrants Division, the Civil Division, Internal Affairs, Information Systems, the Training Division, the Legal Division, the Community Relations Division and Professional Standards. Detectives working Lower Keys cases also have an office in the headquarters building. Housed separately at the courthouse complex in Key West at 500 Whitehead Street is the Sheriff’s Property Division.
Department of Juvenile Justice : The DJJ building is located adjoining the sheriff’s main detention facility at 5503 College Road, Stock Island. The first floor is dedicated to a juvenile detention facility run by the Department of Juvenile Justice. The second floor houses the sheriff’s main Supply Office, Juvenile Programs Unit, Victim’s Advocates and an office for detectives with the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, as well as a fully equipped gymnasium used by sheriff’s employees.
Freeman Substation - Cudjoe Key: The Freeman Substation, at 20950 Overseas Highway, is at the 21 mile marker of U.S. One, on Cudjoe Key. It is home to Lower Keys Road Patrol and two detectives who work Lower Keys cases. District One runs from the city limits of Key West at the 4 mile marker to the 40 mile marker on the Seven Mile Bridge.
Marathon Substation: The Marathon Substation, at 3103 Overseas Highway, mile marker 48.7 in the city of Marathon, houses Middle Keys road patrol, and detectives. There is a satellite Records Office and Property Division, as well as a civil deputy assigned to the substation. District Four includes the city of Marathon, from the 40 mile marker, on the Seven Mile Bridge to Tom’s Harbor Cut Bridge at the 60.5 mile marker of Highway U.S. One; and District Five runs from Tom’s Harbor Cut Bridge to the Islamorada city limits, at the 74 mile marker of Highway U.S. One. The sheriff’s Communications building is also in Marathon, housed separately, in the Florida state building at 2796 Overseas Highway at the 47.5 mile marker.
Aviation Division Headquarters: The Aviation hanger, home to the sheriff’s Aviation Division, is on the grounds of the Marathon Airport at 10100 Overseas Highway at the 52 mile marker. In addition to housing all Sheriff’s Office aircraft, it also provides a home to the sheriff’s mobile command post and firearm’s trailer. The building has a fully functional and equipped training classroom, and a gymnasium used by sheriff’s employees.
Special Operations Division and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area: This building, at the north end of Marathon, houses detectives assigned to work specific types of crimes. These include narcotics and major crimes including homicide, sexual battery and child abuse. Victim Advocates are housed here, as is the sheriff’s intelligence officer. The Monroe High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area group (HIDTA) also works out of this building, coordinating long-term money laundering, racketeering and other types of investigations involving the cooperative involvement of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Islamorada Substation: Servicing the law enforcement needs of the Village of Islamorada, the Islamorada Substation is at 86800 Overseas Highway, mile marker 86. District Six Road Patrol is housed here. District Six runs from the 73 mile marker, at the south end of the Channel Two Bridge, to the 90.5 mile marker at the Tavernier Creek Bridge.
The Roth Building - Plantation Key: The Roth Building, at 50 High Point Road in Tavernier, services Sheriff’s Office District Seven, which runs from the northernmost city limits of Islamorada at mile marker 90.2 (Tavernier Creek Bridge), to the county line at the 112 mile marker of Highway U.S. One. The District includes Ocean Reef, parts of Card Sound Road and County Road 905.
Main Detention Center: The Main Detention Center, at 5501 College Road, holds up to 596 inmates and includes a professional-grade kitchen, sick bay and medical offices, as well a video first-appearance room and an officers’ dining room. Inmates from the Lower Keys, as well as all inmates judged to be violent or high profile are housed here. The commander of the Detention Bureau has his office in the facility and the day-to-day operations are overseen by captain, the facilities commander.
Marathon Detention Center: The Marathon Detention Center is a satellite facility housing 52 inmates judged to be “low risk.” Located at 3981 Overseas Highway at the 49 mile marker in Marathon, the facility is run by a lieutenant who reports to the facilities commander.
Plantation Key Detention Center: The Upper Keys Detention facility houses 47 inmates judged to be “low risk” and is located at 53 High Point Road at the 89 mile marker of U.S. One in Tavernier. The facility is run by a lieutenant who reports to the facilities commander.