David Scharf is a 27 year criminal justice veteran and is presently the Executive Director of Community Programs for Broward Sheriff’s Office. David has dedicated most of his career to Community Corrections, serving in numerous capacities, including Probation, Pretrial Services, Day Reporting and Reentry and Restorative Justice Programs. As Executive Director, David’s primary focus is on the implementation of Evidence Based Practices to reduce the high rate of offender recidivism and to decrease crime and victimization.
David is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice and has completed extensive graduate level work in Criminal Justice Administration at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. He is also a graduate of Florida Atlantic University’s Executive Criminal Justice Leadership Program and the Florida Corrections Academy. He has been a certified law enforcement instructor in numerous disciplines including defensive tactics, impact weapons and firearms. In 2007, David received the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission Outstanding Service Award for his work in developing and implementing accreditation standards for Pretrial Services Agencies in Florida. In 2009, David was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the US Attorney’s Office in Miami, Florida for his body of work in offender reentry programming and crime prevention strategies.
Throughout his career, David has been a member of many criminal justice organizations including the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the Nationals Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, and The Association of Pretrial Professionals of Florida, where he served as Vice President for two terms, the Broward County United Way Commission on Substance Abuse, and Narcotics Overdose and Prevention Education. He has authored several articles on non-traditional crime prevention strategies and has presented his findings nationally to various forums.