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NEW CHIEFS NAMED FOR LAUDERDALE LAKES AND COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne is pleased to announce new command responsibilities for two longtime law enforcement veterans.

Philip Amabile, chief of Lauderdale Lakes/District 4 for the past three years, will take command of BSO District 6 on January 2nd. He will oversee court security, court deputies and court liaison for the county courthouses. He succeeds Chief Bryan Cowart, who will head up Dania Beach/District 2.

Chief Amabile will be succeeded in Lauderdale Lakes by his executive officer, Lt. Andrew Smalling, who has held that position since last year. Lt. Smalling will be promoted to chief with his new assignment.

Chief Amabile, 46, graduated from the Broward Criminal Justice Academy in 1975 and worked as a detective for the Sunrise Police Department. He joined the Broward Sheriff's Office in February 1982. After serving on road patrol and in district criminal investigations, he became a detective, investigating child abuse and suspicious deaths. He served with the homicide unit for ten years in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. In 1996, Chief Amabile was named commander of the Civil Division and its expanded Domestic Violence Unit. He is a graduate of Broward Community College and working toward a dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Lt. Smalling, 39, is a ten-year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office. He joined the agency in December 1991 as a road patrol deputy, following his career as a military intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps. He has a wide range of experience at BSO, working as a school resource officer, in the street crimes unit, the Office of Professional Compliance and the Strategic Investigations Division. He has been a field force leader and K-9 Unit commander. Lt. Smalling received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology and earned a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lynn University. He recently graduated from the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program, a partnership of the Broward Sheriff's Office and Florida Atlantic University.

This report by: Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations

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