Broward Sheriff’s Office | www.sheriff.org
Published in the November/December 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®
The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) in Florida is a full-service public safety agency with nearly 6,000 employees working in Law Enforcement, Corrections and Community Control, Fire Rescue, and Administration. The main headquarters are in Fort Lauderdale.
Broward County has 1.8 million residents. BSO contracts patrol services with 16 cities and towns in the county, including Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The agency operates one of the most renowned crime labs in the country. BSO Fire Rescue serves nine contract cities including the port and airport, and provides regional HazMat, Air Rescue, and Technical Rescue services.
BSO operates the tenth largest jail system in the nation, with four facilities housing nearly 5,000 inmates daily. The Department of Community Control oversees county probation, drug court, and pre-trial services.
The agency’s greatest human resource needs are applicants with good moral character, background, leadership abilities, and the discipline to thrive in a paramilitary organization. Currently, BSO is filling vacancies in the Department of Detention, the Department of Law Enforcement Reserve program, and Administration.
BSO employs many veterans and active military personnel. Nine employees are currently deployed on active duty; 79 have been activated within the last five years.
The agency believes that BSO enables veterans to continue to work with a sense of purpose, a mission, and camaraderie; and to continue to help their fellow men and women. The organization’s experience in hiring veterans is outstanding. Nearly all prior military applicants with unquestionable backgrounds are hired and perform brilliantly throughout their careers. In addition, many veteran applicants choose to remain in the service of their country in the reserve forces. BSO supports and encourages this.
BSO understands that veterans bring a measure of discipline, a sense of duty, and a heightened sense of ethics to their work. Several reservists are members of the agency’s upper command staff; the sheriff, Al Lamberti, is a retired Coast Guardsman.