Bureau of Law Enforcement
Overall Jurisdictional Area
Law Enforcement Philosophy
The Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing a safe environment for the residents and visitors of Monroe County. We are also committed to community-oriented policing and to ensuring the quality of life and the livability factor are at the highest levels possible.
Through community-oriented policing, we actively promote community safety, protect life and property, regulate safe and efficient motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic, and assist in environmental and marine law enforcement.
The sheriff’s philosophy is clear: to work as partners with the community to address public needs and address the issues important to the residents of Monroe County.
Community Oriented Policing (COP) is an organizational philosophy with a decentralized approach aimed at reducing crime and improving the quality of life within a community. The entire community is responsible for public safety - not just law enforcement agencies. Community policing recognizes a shared responsibility and connection between law enforcement officers and the community they serve.
Deputies act in close collaboration with groups representing the needs of the residential and business communities in the county. We actively participate in the Citizens’ Crime Watch program to enlist citizen cooperation in anti-crime efforts and increase police visibility. Deputies regularly meet with neighborhood groups and partner with local citizens for the enhancement of public safety and quality of life issues.
Since 1991, when the Sheriff’s Office began its dedication to COP, crime in our county has been cut in half. Some of our COP efforts include watch orders on residential and business property when owners are away or the premises are unoccupied; regular business checks with our “Night Eyes” program; bicycle patrols, Citizens Crime Watch, Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys, water patrols utilizing boats and Wave Runners and routine neighborhood patrols.