A Message from Sheriff Scott Israel


BSO Deputy Paul Rein was shot and killed while conducting a prisoner transport on the morning of November 7, 2007.

During his 20-year career with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Rein worked in the Department of Detention’s Central Intake providing prisoner transport. He was also a member of BSO’s prestigious Honor Guard. Deputy Rein proudly served in the U.S. Army from October 1948 until February 1950. Prior to joining the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Rein worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years.

During Deputy Rein’s memorial service I promised his family that Paul would forever hold an honored and hallowed place in our ranks and his sacrifice would never be forgotten. I could think of no better way to honor Deputy Rein’s sacrifice than by dedicating one of our jail facilities to his memory. This past April, at my request, the Board of Broward County Commissioners voted unanimously to rename the Sheriff’s North Jail the Paul Rein Detention Facility. It is one way for our agency to keep Deputy Rein’s legacy alive forever. We planned a special dedication ceremony for Thursday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. to officially unveil the facility’s new signage and pay tribute to Paul.

The Paul Rein Detention Facility is a “direct supervision” jail where the staff works closely with inmates and inmate movement is kept to a minimum. The result is greater security and lower operational costs. Designed to house 1,020 inmates in two four-story towers, the jail encompasses 257,790 square feet, with most of that space dedicated to housing inmates. More than 200 BSO deputies monitor the inmates, assisted by nearly three-dozen support personnel.

The Broward Sheriff's Office operates the 10th largest local jail system in the United States. The American Correctional Association (ACA), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) have all accredited BSO’s Department of Detention and Community Control (DODCC).

The men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office recognize the sacrifices of our fallen heroes. May Deputy Paul Rein and the other heroes we lost in the line of duty rest in eternal peace.

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