Broward Sheriff Scott Israel was elected sheriff in 2012 after 30 years in law enforcement. He began his career with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as a road patrol officer and worked undercover in the narcotics division. He was promoted to captain and retired as the Community Policing Special Operations/SWAT Commander. Sheriff Israel then served as the City of North Bay Village Police Chief before becoming sheriff. He was also a high school football coach and a past recipient of the prestigious "Brian Piccolo Coach of the Year Award" for his life's work in Broward County youth athletics. As our sheriff, Scott Israel has successfully implemented new policies and approaches to public safety that have sharply reduced violent crime and burglary rates. The sheriff’s innovative initiatives have also helped keep children in school and out of jail. He has worked to combat gun violence and diversified the agency at all levels to better reflect our community. Impressively, in 2014, BSO won the prestigious civil rights award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the homeless outreach program which helps direct our homeless population to the services they need. Sheriff Israel also stands out in the law enforcement community for his vocal support for tougher gun control laws and the need to equip all uniformed deputies with body cameras. With this impressive record, it is no surprise Sheriff Israel is often called Florida’s most progressive and successful sheriff. Broward County is truly safer and more united as a result of his dynamic leadership.