Hillsborough County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office | www.hcso.tampa.fl.us
Published in the November/December 2011 issue of print Search & Employ®
In 1845, the first legislature of Florida enacted a law requiring every county in the state to elect a sheriff every two years. In Hillsborough County, the first sheriff was John Parker, a former military captain in the Seminole Indian Wars. Law enforcement was his chief duty, but his duties also included cleaning the courthouse, planting trees, and conducting an annual census of school-age children.
It’s been more than a century since a sheriff was tasked with cleaning a schoolhouse in Hillsborough County. The sheriff’s office has evolved from one man to more than 3,400 employees and is now among the ten largest sheriff’s offices in the country.
The sheriff’s office has an Enforcement Division, which provides services to approximately 2.5 million citizens in the unincorporated areas of Hillsborough County, as well as a Detention Division responsible for detention and court services for all persons arrested within the county.