The Emergency Operations Bureau (EOB) consists of Court Services Division, Emergency Management Division, and Special Operations Division. It is a large multidisciplinary organization providing tactical, operational, and strategic capabilities, including: special assets and emergency responses; court security services; all-hazards planning, training, and coordination, critical assets, vital services, support, personnel, and programs, which significantly multiply our agency’s abilities, capacities, and reach.
The Bureau’s Court Services provides liaison and coordination with the 15th Judicial Circuit administration, state attorney, and public defender; courtroom and courthouse security at five campuses throughout the county, including the management of over a 70-member private security force, as well as, security for the Palm Beach County Governmental Center.
Emergency Management works closely with municipal, other county, state, and federal agencies, as well as, the Southeast Florida Domestic Security Task Force (bureau commander serves as Law Enforcement Chair) and Florida National Guard, especially during national, state, and/or local states of emergency to prepare for and provide safe and orderly emergency management of all-hazards events. It carries out many of these functions as a lead agency by operating the Emergency Support Function-16 Unit (Law Enforcement & Security) at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center.
Lastly, Special Operations assets include Aviation, Canine, Emergency Field Force, Environmental Crimes, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Marine Enforcement, Mounted, and SWAT units. These elite units are specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct special operations capabilities and tactical techniques in small teams, as standalone units, with sheriff’s office districts/divisions, other agencies and task forces, providing discreet, precise, or direct action activities in complex, dynamic, and volatile environments or situations.