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BSO’S COURTHOUSE DISTRICT GETS NEW COMMANDER

The Broward Sheriff's Office welcomes Lauderhill Police Major Gary Palmer as the new commander of court deputies. Commander Palmer, a two-time BSO veteran, will return for his third tour of duty on Monday, March 18th.

Palmer, 44, was a road patrol deputy with the Broward Sheriff's Office from 1980 to 1992, and again from 1993 until he joined Lauderhill in 1994. At the Lauderhill Police department, Palmer rose though the ranks to become a major. Palmer was also acting chief of police until the department hired a permanent chief in February 2001.

In Commander Palmer’s new role with the BSO, he will be responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the Court Deputy Unit. He will oversee 108 full time court deputies (bailiffs), 21 part-time court deputies, 5 supervisors, and 1 administrative support specialist. Court deputies provide security for judges and staff within the courtroom, as well as the security of defendants in the five county courthouses. They also work closely with BSO’s Department of Detention to ensure that inmates are present for court appearances. In 2001, more 62,800 inmates were transported to and from court.

Commander Palmer will report directly to Chief Philip Amabile, who heads BSO's District 6 Court Services, which is one of the largest commands in the Sheriff's Office.

Palmer was born in New York City, and he graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Columbia Heights, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Union Institute, in North Miami Beach, and his executive senior management training comes from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. Palmer has been a part of such notable organizations as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Florida Police Chiefs Association, and Broward Police Chiefs Association. Palmer resides in Miami-Dade County with his wife and two children.

This report by:

Veda Coleman-Wright/ Media Relations

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