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Sergeant Connie Wallen

Sergeant Connie Wallen began her career with the Broward Sheriff's Office as a detention deputy in May 1995 after serving five years in the United States Army. She transitioned to the Department of Law Enforcement in October 1998. During her tenure as a deputy, she worked in various capacities such as Road Patrol, Selective Enforcement Team, Accreditation and Recruitment. In April 2006, Sgt. Wallen was promoted to sergeant and worked in a supervisory role in the Lauderdale Lakes District, North Lauderdale District, Child Protective Services, Port Everglades and Recruitment. Sgt. Wallen earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University and a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Saint Thomas University.

Deputy Maria Ropain

Deputy Maria Ropain began her career at the Broward Sheriff's Office in June 2016 as a deputy. She worked in the North Lauderdale District as a road patrol and school resource deputy. During her BSO career, she has worked alongside the Crime Suppression Team and in undercover operations. In July 2020, she transferred to the Recruitment Unit. Deputy Ropain obtained her associate degree from Broward College and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree at Central State University.

Deputy Roderick Jackson

Deputy Roderick Jackson began his law enforcement career as a detention officer with Ft. Lauderdale Police Department after serving in the United States Army. He joined the Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Detention in 2000. Deputy Jackson has served in various areas during his BSO career, including the Leadership Academy, Boot Camp, Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) and the Broward County Circuit Court. He is currently assigned to the Recruitment Unit. Deputy Jackson earned an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Hutchinson Community College.

Deputy Marc Michel

Deputy Marc Michel began his law enforcement career as a community service aide with the Broward Sheriff's Office in 2017. In 2018, he entered the Law Enforcement Academy. Upon graduating from the police academy, he was assigned to North Lauderdale as a road patrol deputy. He served as a road patrol deputy until September 2020, when he was reassigned to the Recruitment Unit. Deputy Michel is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Deputy Eliana Amiel

Deputy Eliana Amiel began her career with the Broward Sheriff's Office as a law enforcement deputy in 2016. She was assigned to the Tamarac District, where she served as a road patrol deputy and the homeless outreach liaison. In 2018, Deputy Amiel transferred to the Lauderdale Lakes/Unincorporated Broward County District as a patrol deputy. In February 2020, Deputy Amiel was transferred to the Recruitment Unit. Deputy Amiel is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew and Portuguese, and is learning Haitian Creole. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Keshia Mack

Keshia Mack began her career with the Broward Sheriff's Office in August 1999. She has served within the Bureau of Human Resources Division, including the Selection and Assessment Department and the Recruitment Unit, where she managed the Academic Internship Program, Civilian Volunteer Program and Employee Referral Program. She has also been in charge of the hiring process for detention deputies, child protective investigators, treatment counselors, various IT positions and a host of other civilian positions. She was promoted to her current position of Assistant Manager of the Recruitment Unit in 2019. Keshia holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Nova Southeastern University. She is a current member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR).

Lieutenant Samantha Whitehorne

Lieutenant Samantha Whitehorne began her fire rescue career in 2000. She was the first black female to be hired by the Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue, which would later become part of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue. In 2006 Samantha Whitehorne was promoted to Lieutenant. She furthered her education and ultimately became a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in 2017 and taught EMS for Broward College for more than 10 years. In doing so, Lt. Whitehorne became a Field Training Officer (FTO) and maintained that position for the past five years. Lt. Whitehorne specializes in mitigating medical and fire-related emergencies.