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NORTH LAUDERDALE MERGER APPROVED

Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne is pleased to announce the North Lauderdale City Commission has approved a merger between the Broward Sheriff's Office and the North Lauderdale Police Department. The 5 to 0 vote came at Tuesday night's commission meeting.

The five-year deal will save the city at least $900,000 a year over the life of the contract. The city will retain control over law enforcement staffing and services. All 55 sworn and 15 civilian employees will retain their jobs and benefits. North Lauderdale residents will see more deputies patrolling their neighborhoods, BSO staff at the community affairs center in western North Lauderdale, and stepped up bicycle patrols.

The merger is scheduled to become official on October 1st.

Sheriff Jenne has established a transition team, which will immediately begin evaluating all North Lauderdale policies and procedures to make sure they comply with BSO standards. BSO Major Al Lamberti, who has been on loan as the acting police chief, will serve until the city manager selects a new chief.

North Lauderdale, which will become BSO District 15, is the eleventh city to contract with the Broward Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services. The others are: Pembroke Park, Dania Beach, Lauderdale Lakes, Tamarac, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Oakland Park, and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. BSO also patrols Lazy Lake, the unincorporated areas, the county courthouses, Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades, and county mass transit.

The Broward Sheriff's Office is the largest nationally accredited sheirff's office in the country.

This report by: Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations

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