UNITING BROWARD: PROTECTING COMMUNITIES
- Date: February 20, 2014 PIO Number: 14-2-25
Last year, Sheriff Scott Israel met with various community and religious groups throughout Broward County to gain a greater understanding of other faiths and traditions and to promote inclusion. This year, the focus is on bringing those diverse groups together through a series of ‘Uniting Broward’ events.
Please join Sheriff Israel and the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, located at 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. The purpose of this inaugural event is to maintain safety and security in our communities and local religious institutions.
From Sheriff Scott Israel:
As sheriff of the 1.8 million residents of Broward County, I recognize that our community is comprised of people from many races, religions and cultures. In the past year, with the help of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach team and Chaplain’s Office, I have reached out and visited the diverse groups that represent Broward County. I attended many religious and cultural ceremonies in order to gain a better understanding of other faiths and traditions. I quickly learned that for many cultures, talking to a deputy with a badge and a gun can be intimidating.
BSO is an agency committed to listening and working proactively with the community to achieve its public safety goals. We recognize that by working together with the community through a team approach, we can find local solutions to local issues.
From 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on February 25, the Broward Sheriff’s Office will host the first ‘Uniting Broward: Protecting Communities’ conference. Community leaders from different cultures, businesses, schools and religious institutions will share their experiences and engage in dialogue together. I invite you to join me at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, along with the men and women of BSO, as we discuss community policing strategies to work together better to protect our community and keep it safe.
Community policing dates back to a time when deputies patrolled on foot, which allowed them to get to know residents and business owners, as well as their concerns. This personal contact created a trusting relationship that became the first line of defense against crime. Community Outreach and ‘Uniting Broward’ will bring back these direct, personal points of contact to prevent crime countywide.
Public safety requires involvement from all members of the community, and through ‘Uniting Broward,’ we are keeping lines of communication open so that all voices can be heard and understood. This approach has helped community members feel more at ease; they bring matters to our attention instead of waiting for them to escalate. I welcome all organizations to take part in ‘Uniting Broward’ – the new cornerstone of BSO’s proud tradition of encouraging trust, reliability and dependability between law enforcement and the community.
Whether you are a resident, business owner or work in Broward County, your opinions matter. At BSO, your voice will be heard. You have my attention, my ear and my respect. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, please contact the BSO Chaplain’s Office at (954) 321-4111.
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