The job of Sheriff, once thought of as a local position, now requires a global focus. In addition to fighting the effects of crime in their communities - including meth, cargo theft and gang violence - these men and women must work with other law-enforcement agencies on a statewide, federal and even international level to strike at the roots of the problems. Florida sheriffs do this very well, as Florida's Domestic Security efforts have become a model for the nation.
The sheriff in each county is elected by the voters. The exception is Miami-Dade County. In Miami-Dade, the chief law-enforcement officer is appointed and goes by the title of Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. All sheriffs and the Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department are active members of the Florida Sheriffs Association. Sheriffs serve four-year terms, and have county-wide jurisdiction that includes incorporated as well as unincorporated areas. Meet the sheriffs.