South Bay


Welcome to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office District 11, City of South Bay website. I am Sergeant Jeffrey A. Garten, the Law Enforcement Commander for District 11. I feel it is an honor to have been selected to this position and I will continue the superb work that my predecessors have started. I work closely with City Officials and the Community as a whole to keep an open and friendly atmosphere that addresses the needs of the Community.

I have been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 1987 and have been assigned to: Road Patrol (Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant), Tactical Unit (Detective, Detective Sergeant), SWAT (Entry Team, Squad Leader), Detective Bureau- Property Crimes (Detective), Narcotics Division (Agent), Honor Guard (Squad Leader), DUI-Traffic Division (Sergeant) and Community Policing (Sergeant).

I proudly served our country in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard for 34 years, recently retiring in November 2014. I enlisted in 1980 as a Private and retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel, having spent most of my time in Special Forces and Special Operations.

Our ultimate objective is to work together in making the city of South Bay a safer place for you and your families to live.  My doors are always open and I truly look forward to addressing the challenges that lie ahead, and confident we will meet each one together.

Yours in Service,

Sergeant Jeffrey A. Garten

Fingerprinting for citizens is available at the Belle Glade sub-station at no charge. Use the North entrance. Bring your own fingerprint card and a photo ID.

Hours, not including holidays:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

8am to 10:30am and 12:30pm to 3pm


335 SW 2nd Ave.
South Bay, FL 33493

Main Phone:

(561) 996-6511

Administrative Office:

(561) 996-6512


(561) 996-3001

Front Lobby-General Information:

(561) 992-1461

Non-emergency after hours:

(561) 996-1670

Central Records:

(561) 992-1463


(561) 992-1464


Sgt. Jeffrey A. Garten:

(561) 992-1045



PBSO Dispatch

Employee Misconduct Form


Driver's Links & Resources

Sheriff Bradshaw

Check the status of your FLA drivers license

Off-Road vehicle information



Books on Patrol Reader Community Partner Letter
(0.22 MB, pdf)

Books on Patrol Request Form
(1.20 MB, pdf)


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