Enforcement Bureau

The Enforcement Bureau is responsible for providing law enforcement services to the residents of the unincorporated area of Manatee County. There are approximately 295 deputies and 92 civilian employees assigned to the Enforcement Bureau, which is divided into three Patrol Divisions. The deputies patrol the larger portion of 741 square miles of land that make up Manatee County and serve a population of approximately 313,000 persons.

Deputy Sheriffs work an assigned shift, patrolling an assigned zone, performing law enforcement duties. Their primary task is the enforcement of state and county laws and the protection of life and property, but other duties include making arrests, traffic enforcement, executing warrants, and conducting preliminary criminal investigations.  The Sheriff's Office has divided the County into three sectors. Each sector is designated as a Patrol District and has six or eight zones, with size and boundaries based upon population and crime activity.

As with all components of the Sheriff's Office, the Enforcement Bureau works to meet a high standard of professional service for the residents of Manatee County.

This Bureau is comprised of the following Divisions and Units:

Bureau Chief

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In addition to the Patrol Districts, these special teams are under the direct command of the Bureau Chief

  • SWAT
  • Dive
  • SRT
  • Mounted Patrol
  • Honor Guard
  • Emergency Services
  • Bomb Disposal/Haz-Mat

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Captain Richard Gerken


District 1 Patrol

  • Courier Component
  • Field Training and Evaluation Program
  • Aviation Unit
  • K-9 Unit
  • Telephone Reporting Unit
  • COPS East Email
  • View Map
East District #1 - 600 301 Blvd W, #178, Bradenton

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Captain Stanley Schaeffer


District 2 Patrol

  • Field Training & Evaluation Program
  • Anna Maria Unit
  • School Crossing Guard Component
  • Traffic Unit
  • COPS West Email
West District #2 - 407 57th Avenue East, Bradenton

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Captain Robert Mealy


District 3 Patrol

  • Explorer/Cadet Component
  • Field Training & Evaluation Program
  • Marine Unit
  • Reserve Deputies
  • COPS North Email
  • COPS Rural Email
North District #3 - 616 67th St. Circle E., Bradenton; near intersection of State Road 64 and Interstate 75.