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This month, we honor the more than 500 deputies, firefighters and civilian employees, who faced significant danger, saved lives and performed exceptional acts in 2020 and 2021 during the Broward Sheriff's Office Annual Awards Ceremony.    

The awards ceremony celebrates the best and bravest in public safety. These dedicated professionals were selected for their exemplary actions, outstanding achievements and service in safeguarding Broward County. The accolades for these individuals are well deserved, and I'll share with you some impactful highlights. 

2020 Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year 

Deputy Michael Francis embodies what it means to be a trusted public servant and leader. Each day, he diligently works to improve the lives of Broward County residents. From assisting families with legal aid to helping homeless individuals obtain shelter, his efforts have tremendously benefitted our community. It is an honor to recognize Deputy Francis as BSO's 2020 Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year.   

2021 Unit of the Year: Department of Preparedness and Response  

The BSO Aviation Unit serves as our eyes in the sky. Comprised of six pilots, six tactical flight officers (TFO), and two pilot-sergeants, this unit is called out for incidents anywhere they are needed at a moment's notice. From finding missing or endangered children to aiding in offshore water rescues, the unit is a proven asset for all of Broward County. In 2021, the Aviation Unit flew 3,127 missions totaling 1,711 flight hours; of those missions, 1,305 were requests from outside agencies. Their efforts resulted in more than 1,000 arrests and the recovery of 241 stolen vehicles. Excellence defines this unit, and I am proud to announce them as the 2021 Unit of the Year for the Department of Preparedness and Response.   

2021 Volunteer Service Award  

I've always said it takes a village to raise a child — and we take that to heart at BSO. Helping our county's children grow into responsible, civically engaged adults is one of our passions. Last year, BSO launched our summer L.E.A.D. Camp (Learning, Educating, and Developing). The innovative eight-week leadership program helps shape the lives of Broward youth ages 10-18. The success of our inaugural camp was made possible thanks to our incredible volunteers, including many BSO employees, who dedicated their time to managing the program and serving as mentors – encouraging and enriching the lives of Broward's youth. It is a privilege to award these employees the 2021 Volunteer Service Award.   

These highlights are just a few of the tremendous accomplishments of the BSO team. In addition, we will award our most prestigious recognition, the Medal of Honor, to four courageous BSO veterans who performed extraordinary acts at significant personal risk to their lives. Additional accolades will be given to the detective of the year, firefighter of the year, communications operator of the year, civilian employees of the year, citizen of the year and units of the year, among others.   

I invite you to join me as we formally honor these outstanding individuals at the 2020 and 2021 Annual Award Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on September 14 at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center. I hope to see you there.  

Sheriff Gregory Tony 

Service Equals Reward 


September2022
  
The men and women of the Broward Sheriff's Office work hard to assure public safety. An essential part of that mission is ensuring those who serve across this organization aren't only nameless faces to the community but also role models, mentors and coaches for Broward County youth.
 
Allow me to share my vision about the importance of establishing a legacy of service that will carry us through the next hundred years. What we do today affects our tomorrow. My administration reflects these sentiments and together, we have initiated effective mentorship programs focused on enriching the lives of our youth and providing them with the skills, encouragement and knowledge to be successful.
 
The benefits of these programs are twofold: they help build our youth into strong, responsible adults while strengthening relationships with our public safety professionals. Further, our innovative programs are already achieving positive results.
 
R.E.A.D.
It's never too early to connect with our youngest populations and make a difference. BSO launched the R.E.A.D. program (Reading Expands Academic Discovery) earlier this year at Oriole Elementary School in Lauderdale Lakes after learning many of the students struggled with reading and had limited access to books. In response, BSO personnel read to the children at the school and donated books for them to take home. The program's primary focus is to encourage critical reading habits at an early age, allowing them to establish a solid educational foundation and develop reading skills faster and more efficiently. Our secondary focus is to engage with our local youth by building trust and creating lasting bonds.
 
"When we started the program, the students were apprehensive," Captain Audrey Jones remembers. "Now, they greet us with hugs and are excited we're there. It's about gaining trust, changing perceptions and letting them know we're there to help."
 
L.E.A.D.
BSO's Youth L.E.A.D. Camp (Learning, Educating and Developing) is an eight-week summer camp designed to help develop Broward County adolescents ages 10-18 into responsible, civically engaged adults. In partnership with community-based organizations, the program focuses on reinforcing seven important pillars to enhance values, build skills and develop the confidence needed to succeed in life. The program is interactive and educational, and the feedback has been incredibly positive.
 
"My daughter had a wonderful experience. This camp was so fun and informative!" shared one participant's parent. Another parent added, "My son thoroughly enjoyed this program and enjoyed seeing this positive side of law enforcement."
 
The 2022 L.E.A.D. Camp just wrapped up its second season. To learn more about the program and important dates for next year, visit
www.sheriff.org/lead.
 
S.E.E.D.
To plant a seed today is to believe in tomorrow - that is at the heart of BSO's Deerfield Beach S.E.E.D. (Skills Enhancement and Employment Development) initiative. Launched in February 2021, the program teaches young adults from Deerfield Beach High School essential skills, including interview techniques, resume creation and job professionalism. BSO developed S.E.E.D. by engaging with teens in the community who expressed a gap in knowledge on how to obtain employment. This prompted BSO to step in, address the concerns and work to find a solution to develop a lasting resource.
 
"We try to be innovative and think outside the box," says program co-creator Deputy Joseph LoMonaco. "We are thrilled at the success of this program."⠀
 
In addition to these great mentorship programs, BSO offers other exciting youth opportunities throughout the year. These programs include participation in the Law Enforcement Explorers, Fire Rescue Cadets and the Police Athletic League. More information about these and other great programs is available at
www.sheriff.org.
 
The employees of BSO have the unique responsibility to encourage and enrich the lives of our youth—and I'm proud of the work we are doing for the next generation of leaders.
 
Service Equals Reward
 
Sheriff Gregory Tony


August2022
  

"We don't rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training." - Archilochus

 

Our nation has again experienced tragedy after multiple recent mass casualty shooting events in Buffalo, NY, Laguna Woods, CA and Uvalde, TX. As a community, we have learned about the value of training and preparedness after our own experiences at The Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Training is necessary for any profession but critical for first responders. Their safety and the lives of those they have sworn to protect depend on it.

I can tell you from experience no matter how mentally and physically prepared someone is, amid the emotion, adrenaline and urgency of the moment, the importance of training becomes immediately apparent. With more training comes increased discipline, readiness and clarity of purpose. Speed, efficiency and accuracy are improved when we repeat actions and rehearse scenarios. You can equip people with the best tools, but they also need the knowledge and ability to use them effectively.

Today, our in-house training programs are second to none. Since accepting command of the organization, the Broward Sheriff's Office has become the first agency in Florida to have a nationally certified active shooter training unit. We continually rotate our deputies through critical incident and crisis mitigation exercises to ensure they are ready for any incident. BSO's Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services continues to raise the bar by introducing specialized training tactics and skills to enhance performance. One such skill includes the ability to draft, which involves gathering water from a static source should a fire hydrant not be available.

We have also prioritized Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for all deputies to engage more effectively with individuals experiencing a crisis or mental health issue. Currently, more than 60 percent of our Department of Law Enforcement deputies are CIT trained, which is more than double the national average, as well as 40 percent of our Department of Detention deputies. Additionally, 74 percent of all BSO employees, and 96 percent of all deputies, have completed the Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement course (RITE), which reinforces a bias-free workplace and teaches racial and cultural sensitivity and de-escalation techniques.

Tactical performance, readiness and professional development training are instrumental to preparedness in public safety and are offered at every level of our agency. We have established partnerships with top organizations and educational institutions to provide enhanced training for our sworn personnel and executive development for our command staff, managers and directors. Our comprehensive training approach has made BSO a flagship training organization and has attracted public safety professionals locally and nationally.

Our progress will continue. The construction of our state-of-the-art training center is hitting a fevered pace. Once completed, the 103,000-square-foot facility will house all our training initiatives under one roof and usher in a new and exciting era at BSO.

If you want to learn more about BSO and how we serve the community, we invite you to be a part of our Citizens Academy. The 10-week program combines classroom learning and hands-on exercises to experience everything our organization does to serve this community. Click here to learn more or visit www.sheriff.org.

 

Service Equals Reward

Sheriff Gregory Tony

 


July2022
  

Broward County is the statewide epicenter of a fentanyl epidemic ravaging the nation. During Spring Break, the deadly effects of the problem were made even more evident when thousands of college students flocked to the county, resulting in growing overdoses and hospitalizations. In one terrifying incident, six spring breakers from New York, including five West Point cadets, suffered severe fentanyl overdoses. The incident put faces and names on a crisis affecting every level of our society.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than morphine which mirrors the effects of heroin. Just a few salt-sized grains can lead to rapid death. Whether used as a cheap filler in illicit drugs or sold as a counterfeit pill made to look like prescription opioids, fentanyl is the leading contributor to overdose deaths in the United States.

The statistics are striking. Last year, more than 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, with about two-thirds of the deaths linked to fentanyl and other synthetic drugs. In Florida, Broward County leads the state in fentanyl-related deaths. In 2020, 798 people died due to accidental overdoses, with 611 cases involving fentanyl. That's a staggering 72 percent increase in overdose deaths involving fentanyl from the year prior. Though cases for 2021 and 2022 are still being analyzed, they, unfortunately, appear on track to set new records.

While this public health emergency is historic, the Broward Sheriff's Office and community partners are committed to ending the deadly drug plague through a three-pronged approach of enforcement, intervention and education. 

BSO detectives and deputies continue to track down the dealers and distributors of this poison and put them behind bars. Earlier this year, our Strategic Investigations Division (SID) and our law enforcement partners took down members of the criminal street gang, Alwoods Gang. Detectives seized large quantities of illegal drugs during the operation, including more than 20 kilos of heroin and fentanyl. 

The Broward Sheriff's Office also assists those who are struggling with addiction. For example, we have been instrumental in getting professional peer specialists deployed to Broward Health hospitals, so patients discharged after an overdose can be guided into appropriate treatment. In addition, BSO provides its deputies with the anti-opioid overdose drug, Narcan. BSO also coordinates a federal grant that facilitates the availability of Narcan to law enforcement agencies in Broward County. 

Offering ongoing education to the community on the impact of illicit drugs is paramount to our efforts. As a member of the county's Community Response Team, BSO conducts community education programs and advises the public about the dangers of fentanyl. This team comprises nearly 100 members, including local law enforcement, treatment providers, epidemiologists, hospitals, and others working to combat opiate abuse in Broward County. In addition, to unify drug mitigation efforts between private and public sector organizations, I serve as the co-chair of Project Opioid Broward. The statewide initiative is a collaborative action by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Foundation and Florida Blue Foundation to address the opioid crisis.

Stopping this epidemic is a community effort, and we all need to work together to find solutions and save lives. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there are places to go for help and resources. Call 211 or visit Broward Addiction Recovery Center and The United Way of Broward County for more information.   

Service Equals Reward 

Sheriff Gregory Tony


June2022
  

Are you looking to make a difference? Are you ready for a challenge? If so, we want you to be part of Team BSO! 

The Broward Sheriff's Office is actively looking for driven and passionate individuals who wish to embark on an exciting and rewarding career in public safety. We are seeking to fill numerous positions within the organization, from detention and law enforcement deputies to 911 dispatchers and other civilian personnel. 

We're looking for people who share my mantra: Service Equals Reward. That means always doing what is right and putting the interests of others and your community before all else. Working in public safety is much more than stopping crime and putting out fires; it's also about connecting with the people. I believe if we focus on providing the best possible service to Broward County, the rewards will come. 

At BSO, we have positions for many skillsets and passions. One of our most pressing needs is detention deputies. As a detention deputy, you will help maintain order within our facilities and ensure the care, custody and control of detainees. Additional vacancies include law enforcement deputies and firefighter/paramedics. However, if your interests lie elsewhere, we have openings in the critically important non-sworn positions of Regional Communications Operators, Child Protective Investigations Section (CPIS) Investigators and treatment counselors, among many others.  

BSO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Veterans' preference per Florida law. Many of our current vacancies do not require a college degree, so we encourage everyone, novice or tenured, to take advantage of the employment opportunities available. 

BSO is the most highly accredited sheriff's office in the state and one of the leading public safety organizations in the country. Aside from a rewarding career with a stellar organization, BSO offers competitive salaries, an outstanding work environment and exclusive benefits, including low-cost medical insurance, retirement pension and generous time off. There are also numerous opportunities for advancement, professional development and tuition reimbursement for furthering your education. Equally important, you will not just be an employee at BSO — you will become part of our BSO family.  

For more information, or to view our complete list of employment vacancies, visit us at jobs.sheriff.org. Keep checking back as new opportunities are added regularly. If you have specific questions, please contact our Recruitment Unit at recruitmentunit@sheriff.org

Be part of the BSO family and make a difference! 

Service Equals Reward 

Sheriff Gregory Tony 

 


May2022
  

​First responders rely heavily on a group of unseen heroes daily to provide valuable information regarding incidents they are responding to. These individuals are often never seen but always trusted. Our communications operators are often the first point of contact for those in emergency situations; essentially, they are the true first responders. 

Currently, 911 communication centers across the country face a shortage of essential workers. Unfortunately, this is also the case at the Broward Sheriff's Office. If you call 911, you may experience longer hold times. Here are some important tips that may help both you and our operators navigate the current shortage: 

  • Only call 911 in an actual emergency. Call BSO's non-emergency line at 954-764-HELP (4357) if your issue is not an emergency.
  • When calling 911, don't hang up. Your call will be answered. If you hang up and call back, your call goes to the back of the queue.   
  • If your call gets disconnected or you hang up, a 911 operator will call you back.   

While there is a shortage of operators at our communication centers, this could serve as a terrific opportunity for you to embark on a new career. There is no greater reward than serving your community. In addition to a gratifying career, communications operators also receive competitive salaries, enjoy an outstanding work environment, numerous opportunities for advancement, and competitive benefits, including low-cost medical insurance, a retirement pension and generous annual leave.  

Each year, our communications operators handle more than 1.2 million calls for service, and each one is unique. Dispatchers are responsible for providing information to responding emergency personnel and relaying crucial medical information to distressed callers while emergency services are on their way. This can include talking someone through the steps of performing CPR or offering instructions to help someone deliver a baby. While these interactions are often viewed as extraordinary calls, they are routine for our operators. 

In speaking with a veteran BSO employee who has dedicated her career to working in Communications, Dominique Mathis stated, "The Broward Sheriff's Office has afforded me an opportunity to raise my two sons, travel, obtain a master's degree, and most importantly, grow as a person." Dominique has also assisted significantly in recruitment efforts by encouraging others who have a passion for serving to follow in her footsteps. "Go for it," Dominique says. "Save lives and be involved in public service. Don't hesitate; apply today!" 

If you think you have what it takes to join Dominique and BSO's other remarkable communications operators, visit us at jobs.sheriff.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn for this and other employment opportunities. You can also contact our Recruitment Unit at recruitmentunit@sheriff.org with any questions you may have. 

Service Equals Reward

Sheriff Gregory Tony


April2022
  

​Heather Echaniz, a job developer for the Broward Sheriff's Office Day Reporting and Reentry Division (DRRD), remembers all the former inmates she has helped, but one client stands out. When she worked with the client, he was recovering from alcohol addiction and needed a job. This assignment was especially challenging because he was on the verge of relapsing. Nevertheless, Heather persisted. With her help, the client successfully fought his addiction and found suitable employment. His employer was so impressed with the quality of his work they returned to DRRD to find additional employees. 

Heather works every day with a diverse group of clients, all with different needs, strengths and struggles. With her support, she works toward leading them down the path of success. "Many people do not realize how much getting a job means for these individuals," Heather said. "Making a difference in their lives truly makes a difference in mine." 

Each year, thousands of inmates held in prison facilities throughout the state return to Broward County, and nearly 62 percent commit new crimes within three years of being released. BSO's DRRD is working toward changing that statistic by providing the reintegration support needed to succeed during the transition. The program is also designed to assist individuals within the Broward County jail system with community reentry. The program begins during an individual's sentence and includes an individual case plan. Upon release, the program focuses on removing the barriers to successful reentry and provides the support needed to restructure their lives and become self-sufficient. 

The work Heather and the rest of the DRRD division does not only reduce crime; it provides hope and support for individuals trying to reenter society and reclaim their lives. 

In recognition of Women's History Month, it is an honor to highlight Heather's great work. She is one of the many strong, compassionate and dedicated women of BSO who lead, protect and serve this community every day. Thank you for making Broward County a better place to call home. 

Service Equals Reward

Sheriff Gregory Tony


March2022
  

As we enter Black History Month and honor the remarkable trailblazers who have helped make change in America, I am excited to share with you the long and fascinating history of the Broward Sheriff's Office at an incredible museum exhibit. 

Beginning February 1, BSO has the honor of showcasing an extraordinary collection of memorabilia and rare, never-before-seen photos at the Broward County Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The exhibit, titled The Broward Sheriff's Office: A Century of Progress in Public Safety, takes you on an intriguing journey showcasing BSO's transformation from a small police force serving a modest farming community to one of the largest, most progressive and inclusive full-service public safety agencies in the country. 

Curated by Deputy Joseph Williams, a 48-year BSO veteran, the exhibit is a fascinating walk through time. I am a history buff, and I found myself fascinated, learning new things at every turn. There is no doubt you'll come away from the exhibit with a better understanding and appreciation of BSO's rich history and how far we have come as a public safety agency. 

The exhibit begins with our founding in 1915 and the election of Broward's first sheriff, local businessman A.W. Turner. Sheriff Turner led a small staff of men who bore no resemblance to the nearly 5,600 highly trained professionals who today serve Florida's second-most populous county. 

From there, through an impressive collection of eye-catching memorabilia and photographs, we move forward in time, highlighting some of the cast of characters that makes BSO what it is today. We spotlight Deputy James Primous, who broke the color barrier in the 1950s to become the first Black deputy at BSO. We also celebrate the women who paved the way for other women to serve our county in critical public safety positions.

Our exhibit also includes an impressive array of patches, badges, uniforms and equipment to see how our look and technology have changed through the years. The display of remarkable photos captures the essence of each era. We also pay tribute to our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to Broward citizens. There is so much more to experience, and I would encourage you to go and see it for yourself. 

I want to close by offering a special thank you to the outstanding staff with the Broward County Library who helped make this possible. It is a profound honor to share our history with Broward County residents. I hope you enjoy the exhibit as much as I do.

 

EXHIBIT DETAILS

Title: The Broward Sheriff's Office: A Century of Progress in Public Safety

Location: Broward County Main Library: Second Floor, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Dates: Begins February 1 – April 30, 2022

Cost: FREE

 

Sheriff Gregory Tony

Service Equals Reward

February2022
  

January is an excellent time to reflect on the previous year. Looking back also helps as we move forward. We have accomplished so much in the past 12 months. While we continued to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated challenges, the Broward Sheriff's Office maintained its level of exceptional public safety services. Today, relationships between first responders and the residents of this community have never been stronger. BSO continues to be one of the most highly accredited public safety organizations in the state of Florida. These achievements are possible because of the men and women of this organization who are committed to listening, collaborating and working diligently to be the best public safety agency the public has come to expect. 

As we enter the new year, our efforts will continue. Our mission in 2022 is to build on our successes throughout every corner of BSO.

 

TRAINING 

Training continues to be a priority for BSO. We will continue to excel in our level of preparedness to respond to any incident or emergency, big or small. Our state-of-the-art training center is entering the next phase of its development. While the 103,000 square-foot facility will usher in a new and exciting era at BSO, the trainings listed below demonstrate some of the ways we continue to improve upon our training. 

We continue to rotate all of our deputies through critical incident and crisis mitigation trainings. Additionally, nearly 50 percent of our organization's personnel have completed the Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement course (RITE). This training goes a long way toward increasing public trust by building upon our first responders' emotional and social intelligence. As a member of the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, BSO funded the RITE Train-The-Trainer Course to ensure all local enforcement agencies had the same opportunity to train their personnel. We will continue to climb toward our goal of 100 percent. 

To more effectively engage individuals living with mental health issues, we have increased our Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for all deputies. Currently, more than 60 percent of our Department of Law Enforcement deputies are CIT trained, more than double the national average, as well as 40 percent of our Department of Detention deputies.

Lastly, at a time when public safety agencies nationwide struggle to recruit, we continue to fill vacancies across the organization, hiring 337 new employees in 2021. 


TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

BSO continues to lead the way when it comes to accountability. Our Use of Force Review Board is proving to be a vital tool in our efforts to ensure our deputies are held accountable if they do wrong. 

In 2022, accountability will continue to be a cornerstone of this organization. There is no room for error in public safety, but if a mistake is made, it is only fair to ourselves and those we serve to find out why it occurred and work toward a solution. 

In addition, our mission is always to provide Broward County with the best public safety services in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner. There is no better way to see how your tax dollars are being spent to keep you and your family safe than reviewing our annual budget. You can view it here: https://bit.ly/3pD0DRW.

 

TEAMWORK

Community policing is not just a buzzword at BSO. We have found new ways to make positive, impactful changes in our interactions with the community. Our Park, Walk and Talk program continues to see great success with more than 24,500 positive public interactions in 2021. Our Neighborhood Support Team continues to build community partnerships to help better serve and meet our residents' needs.  

Our willingness to listen and be open has resulted in a productive shift in community interactions – and a big part of that is the incredible work of our Social Justice Task Force. The task force provides a voice to community leaders and stakeholders to engage in honest and sometimes difficult conversations and develop solutions and innovative programs.

 

LEADERSHIP

BSO currently has the most diverse, experienced command staff in the agency's history. In 2022, through our new internal leadership program, we will be working on succession planning and professional development, sharing the years of knowledge and experience with those in our agency who are younger in their careers. We intend to build BSO's next generation of leaders. 

I am proud of the work we have done and look forward to the great work ahead of us. I hope you have a safe, blessed new year.  

Service Equals Reward

 

Sheriff Gregory Tony


January2022
  

The holiday season is upon us. This time of year should bring you and your loved ones joy and cheer. Unfortunately, with all the distractions, shopping and traveling, criminals look for opportune moments to take advantage of you. At the Broward Sheriff's Office, we want to ensure you are safe from harm this holiday season. Here are some important safety tips to help protect you from becoming a victim: 

PROTECT YOURSELF

  • When shopping, be aware of your surroundings and park in a well-lit area.
  • Never carry large amounts of cash with you.
  • Conduct ATM transactions in safe locations during the daytime.
  • Avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle.
  • Avoid leaving shopping bags, even if they are empty, in your vehicle.
  • Incorporate the 9PM Routine into your schedule as a nightly reminder to check your vehicle for any valuables while ensuring the doors to your vehicle are safely locked.
  • Remember BSO's district offices can serve as safe havens for online buyers and sellers to meet. Contact your local BSO district office for assistance. A list of district offices can be found on www.sheriff.org/LE.  

PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY

  • Only shop online with trusted companies.
  • Pay for online purchases with a credit card instead of a debit card.
  • Do not click on unknown links that come through via email or text message.

PROTECT YOUR HOME

  • Lock your doors.
  • Use timers to operate lights at night.
  • Consider installing a home security system.
  • While you're away, ask someone to retrieve your packages if you are expecting a home delivery and have someone you trust check on your home.

If you are going out of town, consider signing up for BSO's free Vacation Home Watch Program. Deputies, a community service aide or volunteers will check on your residence for signs of a break-in or suspicious activity. To participate, call or stop by your local BSO district office.

Let's all do our part to ensure we have a safe and merry holiday season. Happy holidays from our BSO family to yours!

 

Service Equals Reward

Sheriff Gregory Tony


December2021
  

​Deputy Aaron Moore had not yet completed the police academy when he deployed to Iraq in 2003. As an enlisted member of the United States Army National Guard, Deputy Moore prepared for war, but he encountered something different. He spent much of his time on foot patrol in Ramadi, a city in Central Iraq, interacting with Iraqi citizens and ensuring their safety. He saw that many were in need, and he did what he could to give them aid, even if that just meant listening. He ultimately spent 18 months in the Middle East.

When Deputy Moore returned to the United States, he finished the academy and became a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy. He realized his experience in Iraq helped him achieve greater empathy and enabled him to recognize the residents in his own community who needed help. He did his best to uplift and aid homeless veterans in his zone and found ways to provide shoes, book bags and other essentials to kids who needed them. When the opportunity arose to join the BSO Homeless Outreach Team, he immediately accepted. He is now an essential part of our Neighborhood Support Team. Most recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he helped our agency distribute more than 300,000 boxes of groceries and 2,500 hot meals to those significantly impacted. 

Deputy Moore is just one example of the sacrifice, patriotism and bravery of our military veterans and the value they offer to our community long after their tours of duty end. Hundreds of BSO employees are veterans of our armed forces, and many still serve.

BSO works tirelessly to support the veterans in our communities. Two recent examples are in mid-September, we learned a U.S. Navy veteran, who had recently found housing after living on the streets and in shelters, needed furniture for his apartment. Our BSO Homeless Outreach Team used their community connections to find an organization willing to help provide gently used living room and dining room furniture, as well as other household items. In addition, a team of BSO deputies acted as movers to transport the items from the donor to the veteran, bringing comfort and stability to a veteran in need. 

We assisted a former Marine earlier this year who served two tours in Iraq and experienced some of the most dramatic and challenging fighting of the war. As a result, he has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries, leaving him permanently disabled. BSO, along with community partners, worked on a home remodel for the veteran and his wife. 

Central to the BSO ethos is the concept of service. It is what drives each of us to be better public servants and first responders. No group embodies this concept more than our military veterans. This Veterans Day, and every day, we honor the brave men and women who served to protect our freedoms and way of life. We also celebrate the efforts of those who wear the uniform and continue to serve. 

Service Equals Reward

Sheriff Gregory Tony


November2021
  

​Treats, ghouls and spine-chilling fun are just a few reasons why Halloween is one of the most anticipated times of year for kids. Unfortunately, Halloween can also be the most dangerous time of year for children. Nearly 4,000 Halloween-related injuries occur every year, including falling accidents, poisoning, burns and motor accidents. Although the festivities can be fun, we want to remind you of these important safety tips to help prevent real horrors from occurring.

Costume Safety:

  • Your child’s costume should allow them to walk easily. If the costume involves a mask, ensure they take it off when crossing the street so the mask does not obstruct their vision.
  • Have something reflective, such as a glow stick or reflective tape, attached to their costume.
  • Use a flashlight if you’re out during evening hours.

When Children Are Trick-Or-Treating:

  • Accompany your children or make sure a trusted adult goes with them.
  • Instruct older kids to go in one group.
  • Trick-or-treat in your neighborhood.
  • Always look both ways when crossing the street.
  • Utilize the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Be alert to parked cars. Double-check the vehicle is not about to be in motion.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
  • Wash hands and inspect all treats before allowing your children to consume them. Throw away any open treats.

If Giving Out Treats:

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individual bagged treats for kids to take.

Motor Safety:

  • Enter and exit driveways carefully.
  • Turn on your headlights immediately when you get into the car.
  • Avoid any distractions while driving.
  • Slow down, especially in residential areas.
  • Discourage new or inexperienced drivers from driving during Halloween.
  • Watch for children crossing the street, on medians, at intersections and on curbs.

Follow these cautionary steps to avoid a setback, and enjoy the fun of Halloween. If you are looking for a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, attend an outdoor Halloween event in a controlled environment with your kids. As a reminder, don’t hesitate to report any suspicious activity. If you see something, say something.

Have a safe, enjoyable and happy Halloween!

Service Equals Reward
Sheriff Gregory Tony

October2021