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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
  

How can we better prepare? It is the question every public safety professional asks and the motivation behind everything we do. Better preparation allows for the best possible response to any incident. Often the incidents or disasters we prepare for are unplanned, happening with little to no warning. However, by training for the unexpected, we remain ready to respond.

While preparation is the foundation of public safety agencies, I can’t stress enough how important it is for the public to be prepared. As we observe National Preparedness Month, I recommend creating an actionable plan and setting it in motion. The four weeks of September provide an excellent opportunity to focus on the various aspects of preparedness to help keep you and your loved ones safe. 

Week One – Make A Hurricane Plan

In South Florida, it is never the wrong time to prepare for a hurricane. Gather drinking water, batteries, sanitation products and anything you and your family might need to weather a storm. Be sure there are enough supplies to last at least five days. If staying at home is not an option, know in advance where you will stay during a hurricane. For information about emergency evacuation, transportation and shelter locations, visit www.broward.org/hurricane.

Week Two – Create A Home Emergency Plan

When an emergency happens at home, ensure all family members know what to do and where to go. Create a communication plan so everyone can keep in contact. Create an evacuation plan and designate a meeting area. Take into consideration the ages and unique needs of each family member and pet. Ensure the items that may help you in an emergency, such as a fire extinguisher or smoke alarm, are working.

Week Three – Secure Your Sensitive Documents And Valuables

With a comprehensive plan in place, you can now focus on protecting sensitive documents and valuables. First, collect the documents you would need to help identify family members in the event of an emergency. Keep these and other important, sensitive documents, such as insurance papers, at home in a fireproof and waterproof box or safe.

Week Four – Teach Your Loved Ones About Preparedness
Finally, review your plans with family members. Practice evacuation drills. Take courses together to learn survival skills. BSO offers free bleeding control and CPR courses. Sign up for one at https://bit.ly/2Vyg0zC.

If each of us takes the time to prepare and stay prepared, it makes our whole community safer.

On a final note, I would be remiss in not acknowledging the 20th anniversary of 9/11. It was a day that changed everyone’s lives. I often still think of the brave first responders who started that morning like any other and rushed into the Twin Towers and Pentagon to do what they are expected to do on any given day. By continuing to honor them and all the innocent lives lost, we are keeping alive a stark reminder of the sacrifices our first responders make to protect others.

Let us not allow 9/11 to become just another date on the calendar. #NeverForget

Service Equals Reward
Sheriff Gregory Tony

September2021
  

Students will soon be back in school learning face to face, which may bring apprehension, excitement or a combination of both. I never take education lightly, and I am grateful that, despite the struggles I have faced to get to where I am today, education kept me on that road to success. Education shapes children's lives, which is why it is vital to continue to ensure our children are safe and feel safe in their learning environment. Here are some essential safety tips to keep in mind as your children head back to in-person learning.

Bullying is an issue that needs to be addressed. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, one out of every five students reports being bullied. Your children have or will come in contact with bullying, either by experiencing it or witnessing it. Before it happens, it is important to advise your children neither to ignore it nor encourage it. Whether or not your child is a victim or a witness, they must understand the importance of reporting it.

In the age of technology, cyberbullying is a new way to bully someone. Fifteen percent of students were bullied online or through text message. It is essential to remind your children to think before they post, comment or share. Advise them never to share inappropriate photos, videos or messages about themselves or other people. Keep your children safe by advising them to keep their accounts private and never give out personal information. Always keep close tabs on what your children are doing on their electronic devices and accounts.

An unsafe environment in or out of school can affect an individual in many ways. Be aware of warning signs:

  • a downward shift in grades
  • difficulty sleeping
  • self-destructive behavior
  • change in eating habits
  • low self-esteem
  • unexplainable injuries

These could be signs that someone is being bullied. If you notice any changes, it is crucial to step in and help. Report every incident of bullying or suspicious behavior.

Ensure your children are aware of these resources and feel safe talking to you or a teacher:

  • The SAFERWATCH app allows individuals to report suspicious activity and/or threats.
  • Call the crisis hotline for teens at 211 or 954-567-TEEN (8336) to report an incident.
  • In emergency situations, do not hesitate to call 911.

The safety of your children, both physical and mental, is paramount to their future success. Make communicating with your children a priority. Create a safe place at home to talk to them about bullying either at school or online.

Service Equals Reward

Sheriff Gregory Tony

August2021
  

​Water sports, outdoor events and cookouts are just a few reasons why summer in South Florida is my favorite time of year. Whether enjoying some fun in the sun, on land or in the water, follow these safety reminders so you and your loved ones can beat the heat safely.

Heat-related illnesses are of great concern, especially as temperatures rise. Remember to hydrate. Common symptoms of heat exhaustion may include excessive sweating, pale and moist skin, muscle cramps, dizziness, rapid heart rate, nausea or vomiting. If you experience any symptoms of heat-related illnesses, seek shade or go indoors and hydrate with water. If symptoms are severe or worsen, seek medical attention quickly or call 911.

Heat-related tragedies are avoidable! As outdoor temperatures rise, the temperatures inside your vehicle can be more than 50 degrees hotter. Remember:

  • NEVER leave your child or small pet alone in a vehicle.
  • LOOK before you lock the door of a parked car.
  • CALL 911 if you see someone locked in a car.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages one to five. When you are in or around water, follow these important safety reminders to keep your family safe:

  • Young children should always be supervised by a responsible adult.
  • Adults should avoid all distractions and actively monitor kids in the water.
  • Keep small children within arm’s reach.
  • Install "child-proof" fencing, locks, alarms or sensors to keep children from entering pool areas.
  • Teach your kids how to swim or float on their backs for air.
  • Be sure rescue equipment and a telephone are nearby in the event of an emergency.
  • Learn CPR.

I want to share with you some valuable resources. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Public Education Unit offers free virtual CPR classes. Sign up online at https://bsofirerescuepubliceducation.as.me/. Take advantage of a free swim coupon from SWIM Central to help offset the cost of swim lessons for children ages six months to five years. Coupons are available online at https://watersmartbroward.org/programs/kids-swim-coupon/ for all Broward County residents.

Traveling this summer? Keep vacation photos and plans private until you return. Posting on social media or letting others know you will be away may give potential burglars an opening to break into your home. Also, take advantage of BSO's Vacation Watch Program to help keep an eye on your home while you are away. This FREE program offers residents the opportunity to have their home checked on by a deputy, community service aide or volunteer. To participate, please call your local BSO district office. Visit https://www.sheriff.org/LE/ for more information.

This summer is an opportunity for us to enjoy some much-needed relaxation and fun. Follow these safety tips to help keep your summer safe and memorable.

Service Equals Reward
Sheriff Gregory Tony

July2021
  

In public safety, there is no room for error. As the leader of an organization responsible for ensuring the safety of everyone who lives in and visits Broward County, it is my responsibility to ensure we hold ourselves to the highest standards of accountability. That means we not only correct areas needing improvement, but we also examine ourselves to determine if what we are doing is working and, if not, make it right. Accountability is a promise I made to you on my first day as sheriff.

BSO's Office of Inspector General (OIG) is a new bureau within the Department of Professional Standards that will hold our agency accountable in all areas of our operation. The OIG provides oversight of all departments within BSO. This protocol ensures if we find problems, we work toward developing viable solutions. We are designing the OIG with transparency in mind. Our focus is to work more cohesively, fiscally responsible and operationally sound.

The OIG encompasses three divisions:

  • The Division of Internal Affairs and Public Corruption ensures we thoroughly and objectively investigate allegations of misconduct against employees.
  • The Division of Internal Audit identifies ways BSO can operate more efficiently and be fiscally accountable.
  • The Division of Policy and Accountability conducts ongoing independent reviews of internal departments to ensure we exceed public safety standards.

Combining these three divisions under one bureau will ensure continuous review, effective communication and shared problem-solving. To spearhead this new office, I have selected Major Scott Champagne, a 23-year law enforcement veteran. During his career, Major Champagne has led BSO's Division of Internal Affairs and Public Corruption Unit. He has demonstrated experience in separating himself from agency business to review claims of wrongdoing independently.

I will always focus on improvements for public safety. This new department has a clear mission: to help everyone at BSO do our jobs more efficiently and transparently so we can better serve you.

Service Equals Reward
Sheriff Gregory Tony

June2021