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The Broward County Jail is an organization for public safety, law enforcement, and for fire protection in the county of Broward, Florida. 

Broward County jail Overview

Currently, the jail offers services related to law enforcement not only to the government facilities and municipalities within the county but to the unincorporated areas within the county as well. The office of the Sheriff currently operates three numbers of American Eurocopter for SAR or search-and-rescue, criminal apprehensions, looking for missing persons, and aerial surveillance. The Eurocopter is also used for flyovers for the sake of deputy funeral services.

As far as the communications division of the office of the Sheriff is concerned, it takes care of the tasks such as emergency call-taking or 911, teletype services, and dispatch for the whole county. The Sheriff's office also operates the country's regional, consolidated system for E-911 communications. More than 600 emergency dispatchers and operators work in this system, and they work from the  PSAP call-centers of Coconut Creek, Pembroke Pines, and Sunrise.

The Broward County Jail ranks 12th among the local jail systems of the country with 5,300 beds. It is also the second largest among those that have got national accreditation from both CAC, or the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and ACA, also known as the American Correctional Association.

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The jail has four detention facilities, and they are the Main Jail, Joseph Conte Detention Facility, Paul Rein Detention Facility, and North Broward Bureau Detention Facility that are used for housing those awaiting trial as well as those serving sentences of duration that is less than one year. Additionally, the Department of Community Control uses the facilities for probation as well as reintegration programs for criminal offenders. The facilities are also used for in-custody physical and mental healthcare programs.

Broward County jail History

In 1982, the Emergency Medical Services of the county merged with its Fire Protection Division. In 1991, the whole unit was named as Broward County Fire Rescue that provided not only fire-rescue services but emergency medical services as well. In the 1990s, the Port Everglades Public Safety department and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport fire department also joined the Broward County Fire Rescue.


Only in October 2003, the control of the county's Fire Rescue that was with the County Board of County Commissioners was handed over to the Sheriff's Office. The name also changed, and from then, it was called Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue & Emergency Services. Before the control was shifted, authorities were contemplating the elimination of the county's Fire Rescue because most of its fire stations were providing services to the unincorporated areas of the county. But today, it holds the pride of being one among the largest fire-service agencies. Fifteen of its 21 fire stations are functioning from within the county's contracted municipalities.

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Apart from providing fire suppression as well as emergency medical services, the office of the Fire Marshall provides all the areas served by the department with fire inspection services also by conducting investigations about the origin and causes of fires. They also educate the public through the country's firesetters program.

The Sheriff's Office of the county at present operates five battalions in as many as 22 locations, and for their operations, they use 17 engines, one industrial fire-truck, seven aerials, 3 MEDEVAC helicopters, three aircraft fire-rescue crash trucks, and 23 ALS transport units. They also use a foam tanker, a cross-staffed brush truck, and a chemical fire suppression truck.

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They have over 700 professionally trained operations staff, support staff, and administrative staff. Apart from offering their services to many of the unincorporated areas of the county, they offer their services to the municipalities of Pembroke Park, Weston, Dania Beach, Cooper City, Lauderdale Lakes, and Deerfield Beach for which they enter into contractual agreements. They serve Port Everglades and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport also.

Fire Rescue further handles issues that may arise due to hazardous materials, air rescue operations, Everglades Rescue operations, and the Technical Rescue operations.

Broward County jail inmates

The number of inmates keeps changing. But according to an estimate, the number of inmates in a year is about 44,177. The crimes for which they land in the county the jail range from murder to civil infractions. On an average, the daily population in all the jail facilities is over 4,600, and this includes work-release inmates. According to the figures available with the Transportation Bureau of the department, about 180,000 inmates are moved every year between facilities, from and to the state prison, and also from and to court appointments. Most of the inmates have alcohol or drug addictions or mental health issues or both.

Broward County jail Contact Information 

The contact phone number of Broward County Jail is (954) 831-5900. The Sheriff's office can be contacted on +1 954-765-4511, 

In charge of Broward County Jail:

The current sheriff who heads the Broward County Jail is Gregory Tony, who was a retired Police Sgt. of Coral Springs. It was on January 11, 2019, he was appointed the Sheriff by the Governor of Florida, Ron Desantis. Gregory Tony replaced Scott Israel who was suspended for his alleged mishandling of the massacre that took place at Parkland Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during 2018.

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