PIO Number: 19-5-25 Date: May 20, 2019
SHERIFF TONY OUTLINES PROPOSED BUDGET
During Tuesday’s budget workshop, Sheriff Gregory Tony presented his first proposed budget to County Administrator Bertha Henry and the Board of Broward County Commissioners.
The budget request is for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. Sheriff Tony is asking for a 5.9% increase. When the proposed budget was being put together, he said he instructed his staff to ask for what was needed, not what they wanted. If approved, the Broward Sheriff’s Office general budget for 2019/2020 will be $545.6 million, with more than 76% of that total or roughly $420 million being used to pay for personnel services.
Noting that the success of BSO starts with its dedicated workers, Sheriff Tony’s overall focus during his presentation was on recruiting, training and retaining employees. He said he wants “to make sure we are doing everything that exceeds the baseline minimums, and if we keep that approach, we’ll have a lot of success.”
Sheriff Tony said he wants to fill vacancies by recruiting at colleges and military bases and tapping into a talented qualified group of applicants who may have been denied an opportunity to work at BSO in the past because of a minor mistake that was made during adolescence. He also wants to expand youth programs and provide internships that introduce youngsters to the many sworn and civilian job opportunities at BSO and a path to join our team.
Additionally, he said he wants to provide professional development to help train and retain employees that goes beyond standard requirements. Some of the training measures he discussed included certifications in racial equality and diversity training and increasing crisis intervention training.
“Currently, we have the only full-time training cadre in the United States that has all gone through the Department of Homeland Security training for calls for active shooter,” he said.
Sheriff Tony hopes to expand the Real Time Crime Center to include video access to religious institutions and businesses. With the support of Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie, BSO currently has access to approximately 10,000 cameras in public schools across the county.
Commissioners seemed to be supportive of the new proposed on-site training center and pleased to hear Sheriff Tony has the projected $32 million to build it. The training facility will be located to the rear of BSO’s headquarters at Northwest 27th Avenue and Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and will provide more intensive, frequent training necessary to address today’s public safety challenges.
Sheriff Tony ended his presentation by thanking the county administrator and commissioners and asking them for their support, saying BSO will succeed if we all work together and put Broward first.
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Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO