The Sheriff's Office provides Law Enforcement service to all of the Florida Keys, which include approximately 112 miles of islands branching off the Southern tip of Florida. The main highway, U.S. 1 runs from Florida City to Key West, and in that span, there are 45 bridges connecting the islands.
In order to provide progressive service, the Sheriff's Office employs 589 people. 198 of those are road patrol officers and detectives, 152 are Corrections Officers, 159 serve as support staff members and 80 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 new, 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.