Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
) is the primary law enforcement agency
for Hillsborough County
and is responsible for law enforcement services for the of unincorporated areas
of the county
as well as operation of the two jail
facilities, a work release center, and provides courthouse security
for the 13th Judicial Circuit. Each of the three incorporated cities
, Plant City
, and Temple Terrace
) has its own police agency. Tampa International Airport
, and the University of South Florida
also have independent police agencies.
is the chief law enforcement officer of the county. The current Sheriff is David Gee, elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 (with no opposition).
The HCSO operates with one of the lowest officer to citizen ratios in the state with only 1.34 deputies per 1000 citizens.
The HCSO was formed in 1845.
In 1986, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accredited the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. This agency governs law enforcement accreditation in the United States, Canada, and the British West Indies. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was the first Sheriff’s Office in Florida to be nationally accredited and the 1st in the nation to be re-accredited.
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