Sheriff Tony talks about teamwork, training and transparency
Broward Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Center
A message from Sheriff Gregory Tony:
January is a great time to reflect on the year before. Looking back also helps to move forward.
We have accomplished so much in the past 12 months. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated challenges, the Broward Sheriff’s Office has maintained its level of exceptional public safety services.
Today, the relationship between first responders and residents of this community has never been stronger. BSO continues to be one of the most accredited public safety organizations in the State of Florida.
These accomplishments are made possible by 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 move into the New Year, our efforts will continue. Our mission in 2022 is to capitalize on our successes in every corner of BSO.
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, large or small.
Our state-of-the-art training center is entering the next phase of its development. As the 103,000 square foot facility will usher in an exciting new era at BSO, the trainings listed below show some of the ways we continue to improve our training.
We continue to rotate all of our assistants through training on critical incidents and crisis mitigation. In addition, almost 50 percent of the staff in our organization have completed the RITE (Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement) course.
This training goes a long way in increasing public confidence by drawing on the emotional and social intelligence of our first responders. As a member of the Broward County Police Chiefs Association, BSO funded the RITE Train-The-Trainer course to ensure that all local law enforcement agencies had the same opportunity to train their staff. . We will continue to climb towards our goal of 100 percent.
To more effectively involve people living with mental health problems, we have increased our Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for all Members of Parliament.
Currently, over 60 percent of our Law Enforcement Department assistants are CIT trained, more than double the national average, as are 40 percent of our Detention Department assistants.
Finally, at a time when public safety agencies nationwide are struggling 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 an essential tool in our efforts to ensure that our Members of Parliament are held accountable if they commit wrongdoing.
In 2022, accountability will continue to be the cornerstone of this organization. There is no room for mistake in public safety, but if a mistake is made it is only justice for ourselves and those we serve to find out why it happened and to seek a solution.
Additionally, our mission remains to provide Broward County with the best public safety services in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner. There’s no better way to see how your tax dollars are being spent to keep you and your family safe than looking at our annual budget. You can see it here: https://bit.ly/3pD0DRW.
Community policing is not just a buzzword at BSO. We’ve found new ways to make impactful, positive changes in our interactions with the community. Our Park, Walk and Talk program continues to be a great success, with over 24,500 positive public interactions in 2021. Our Neighborhood Support team continues to build community partnerships to help better serve and meet the needs of our residents.
Our willingness to listen and be open has resulted in a productive change in community interactions – and a big part of that is the incredible work of our Social Justice Task Force. The working group gives a voice to community leaders and stakeholders to engage in honest and sometimes difficult conversations and develop innovative solutions and programs.
BSO currently has the most diverse and 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 years of knowledge and experience with members of our agency who are younger in their careers. We intend to train the next generation of BSO leaders.
I am proud of the work we have done and look forward to the great work that lies ahead. Hope you have a safe and blessed New Year.
Service equals reward
Sheriff Gregory Tony
Some towns in Broward like Coconut Creek, Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Plantation, Davie, Margate, Miramar, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point and Coral Springs have their own police departments; however, BSO provides communication and dispatch services to the following cities: Central Broward, Cooper City, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, West Park, Pompano Beach, Port Everglades , Tamarac, Weston and West Broward unincorporated.
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