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Margate is located in Broward County, about 8 miles from the Pompano Beach Pier and Florida’s east coast. The last estimate of Margate’s population was about 58,656 people, as calculated in 2018.


The number of violent crimes that occur annually in Margate is approximately 98. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and assault. Property crimes include burglary, theft, and grand theft auto. Violent and property crimes combined increase the number of annual crimes in Margate to about 1,095. Margate is safer than 31% of U.S. cities but has a higher crime rate than 50% of Florida’s cities and towns of all sizes.


Margate Crime data from Florida Department of Law Enforcement:

Margate Average Annual Crime Rates

Violent Crimes Property Crimes
  • Murder: 1
  • Rape: 4
  • Robbery: 37
  • Assault: 56
  • Burglary: 103
  • Theft: 793
  • Grand Theft Auto: 101


The total crime index for Margate is 1,095. From 2017 to 2018, the crime index decreased about 6%. The crime rate was 1,877 per 100,000 people in 2018, which was a 7% decrease from 2017. 


To see a crime map of Margate, click here


Why you need a Margate Criminal Attorney

The city of Margate is relatively safe in comparison to the rest of Florida’s cities and towns, but that doesn’t mean crime doesn’t occur. The Margate Police Department has jurisdiction within the city limits, with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office exercising jurisdiction outside the city limits. 


If you were arrested and/or charged with a crime, it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side as soon as possible. Rossen Law Firm is ready to be by your side through every step of the criminal justice process - from working with the police to avoid a client’s arrest, requesting all evidence from the State Attorney’s Office, conducting depositions, to filing and arguing motions in court - our award-winning attorneys are ready to advocate for you. 


To see what our attorneys can do for you, your family, and your case, call us today at 754-206-6200 or 754-999-2499 to set up a free strategy session.

Margate Law Enforcement

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Margate Police Department

Margate Police Department

Within the city limits of Margate, the Margate Police Department has jurisdiction. 


The Margate Police Department has been an official law enforcement agency since 1994. The Margate Police Department consists of 154 sworn officers and civilian personnel. The department is a full-service law enforcement agency that is also responsible for code enforcement and animal control. Margate police department is divided into 4 Bureaus that all handle specific forms of police within each division. 

  • The Field Services Bureau consists of the Patrol Division, Community Service Aides, and K-9 Unit. Their main responsibilities include responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, investigating criminal and non-criminal complaints, and investigating traffic crashes.
  • The Investigative Services Bureau consists of detectives that investigate: Narcotics Enforcement, Major Crimes, Property and Persons Crimes.
  • The Support Services Bureau consists of two divisions: 
    • Administrative Services and Special Services. The Administrative Services Division provides a supportive role for the agency including: Training, Records, Planning and Research, Accreditation, Grants, Property and Evidence, Armorers and Court Liaison. 
    • The Special Services Division consists of Code Compliance, Animal Control and the Traffic Unit that includes DUI Patrol.

Maragte’s DUI Officers include:

  • Andrew Irelan
  • Michael Sprouse
  • The Community Involvement Bureau consists of Community Relations, School Resource, Emergency Management, Communications Call-Takers, Explorers and Volunteers.

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Margate Police Department

5790 Margate Boulevard

Margate, FL 33063


Phone: 954-972-7111

Margate Police Chief: Jonathan Shaw 


Sheriff’s Office for Margate

Outside the city limits of Margate, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office handles complaints, arrests, pressing charges, and more. 


Sheriff Gregory Tony oversees BSO. The Sheriff’s Office has 16 districts. BSO’s services include a Child Protective Investigations Section, a Civil Division and a Department of Law Enforcement. In addition to road patrol and other operations, special BSO units include a Bomb Squad, a K-9 (canine) unit, School resource deputy unit and more. Community programs including drug court, in-custody behavioral services, probation division, employment services programs, and more. 


BSO also supports texting to 911 if calling is not an option. 


    Broward Sheriff’s Office - Headquarters

2601 West Broward Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312


Phone: (954) 831-8901

Sheriff: Gregory Tony


Broward Sheriff’s Office DUI Task Force

The Broward Sheriff’s office contains a DUI Unit that specializes in the control and prevention of driving under the influence of Alcohol and Drugs. This specialized unit possesses three separate divisions that include the DUI Task Force, DUI/Breath Alcohol Testing (also known as BAT), and BAT Video. Within each division there are specially trained deputies who work together to enforce DUI Laws, process individuals who are arrested for DUIs, and aim to increase the knowledge surrounding the issues that arise when one drives under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.


BSO’s DUI Unit includes:

  • Yvette Washington 
  • Joshua Sapp    
  • Brittany Armstrong      
  • Sean Strazalkowski
  • Steven Serphos

Visit the Broward Sheriff’s Office website to learn more about their special units.


Margate Court System

Margate Courts are part of the 17th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses all of Broward County. Any cases that are appealed are handled in the 4th District Courts of Appeal in West Palm Beach. 


There are four Broward County Courthouses. The Central Courthouse, North Regional Courthouse, South Regional Courthouse, and West Regional Courthouse are collectively referred to as “the “Broward County Courthouses.” 


The Broward Court System has a total of  90 judges and 11 magistrates. The Chief Judge, Jack Tuter, was first elected in 2017. 


Main Courthouse

201 S.E. 6th Street,

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


North Regional Courthouse

1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard,

Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442


South Regional Courthouse

3550 Hollywood Boulevard,

Hollywood, Florida 33021


West Regional Courthouse

100 North Pine Island Road, Plantation, Florida 33324


Cases handled in Court from Margate

Court hearings held at regional courthouses include county civil, misdemeanor criminal, and traffic cases. In Margate, these types of cases are held at the North Regional Courthouse


Broward’s Main Courthouse handles many types of cases, including: circuit civil, county appeal, felonies, county civil, county criminal, domestic violence, misdemeanor and felony mental health and drug court, unified family court, probate and guardianship, foreclosures, juvenile delinquency, dependency and traffic cases.  


Rossen Law Firm defends misdemeanor and felony criminal cases including: DUI, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, petit and grand theft, fraud, trespassing, domestic violence injunctions, drug possession and trafficking, burglary, robbery, criminal mischief and sex crimes. 


Margate Jails or Detention Centers

The Broward Sheriff’s Office manages 4 different jails:

Main Jail Bureau
555 SE 1st Ave,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

The Joseph V. Conte Facility
1351 NW 27th Avenue,
Pompano Beach, FL 33069


North Broward Bureau
1550 NW 30th Avenue,
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Paul Rein Detention Facility
2421 NW 16 Street,
Pompano Beach, FL 33069


Margate City Commission Information

Margate’s city government includes Mayor Tommy Ruzzano and 3 city commissioners: Antonio V. Arserio, Anthony N. Caggiano, and Joanne Simone. Deerfield’s City manager is Cale Curtis. The City Commission appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Assistant City Manager and members of City boards and committees.

Margate City Hall

5790 Margate Boulevard

Margate, FL 33063


City Clerk: Joseph J. Kavanagh
Phone: 954-935-5327
Email: [email protected]

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