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Date: September 18, 2013                                                 PIO Number: 13-9-23

Americans nationwide recognize the many achievements and sacrifices of Hispanic Americans each year from September 15 to October 15. During this period – officially recognized under federal law since 1988 – we come together to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures and countless contributions of the 50 million Hispanic Americans living across the country.

Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Broward Sheriff's Office is highlighting the successful careers and accomplishments of some of the agency’s leaders. “The men and women of BSO reflect the diverse communities we serve,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “We honor all those of Hispanic heritage in our agency. Each one is dedicated to serving and protecting the residents and visitors of Broward County.”

During this month, BSO will use Facebook and Twitter to honor Hispanic culture. The invaluable leadership, achievements and career history of BSO Hispanic personnel will be made available online each week.

“This annual observance enhances our focus on the need to foster diversity at every level of our agency, and this month reminds us of our commitment to equal opportunity – and equal justice – for everyone,” Israel said.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the Hispanic population in Broward County is the largest and fastest growing in the nation, with Miami-Dade coming in a close second. On our website,, the Broward Sheriff's Office will be listing numerous community events and suggesting ways to mark Hispanic Heritage Month and educate those not familiar with Latin American cultures.

The observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month commences on September 15 to coincide with the Independence Day of several Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate their Independence Day on September 15; Mexico celebrates on September 16 and Chile celebrates on September 18. Columbus Day – alternatively named throughout Latin America as “Día de la Raza” – is also celebrated during Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Our community is stronger and more vibrant because of the great diversity here in South Florida,” said Sheriff Israel. “That same amazing diversity is well represented in the Broward Sheriff’s Office and likewise makes BSO a stronger and more vibrant public safety agency.”

For a list of local Broward County events, visit:


Posted At: 09/18/2013 03:39 PM

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