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Santiago Vazquez Calls for Gregory Tony to Resign

In times of need and uncertainty, the true nature of a leader is revealed. Unfortunately for Broward County, the mounting pressures of the COVID-19 crisis are exposing the lack of qualifications of the unelected Interim Sheriff Gregory Tony.  In fact, Tony’s response to the crisis has been so marred by failure and lack of leadership […]

Ending Police Abuse: A new way to Protect and Serve Our Minority Communities

Any casual observer of Broward County’s racial disparity in arrests and incarceration would notice the damning statistics pointing towards police abuse. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, in the state of Florida, there is an incarceration rate of 833 per 100,000 people, which means it locks up a higher percentage of its population than many […]

Immigration and Proper Cooperation with ICE in Broward County

Immigration is a highly politicized topic in the popular media.  Debates about a border wall, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), sanctuary cities and the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have polarized the issue of what local role law enforcement officials should play.  As your Sheriff, the answer will be that we will […]

BSO Leadership Must Support the Unions of Those Who Serve Broward

Unions have been an essential part of American life now for well over a century. Once viewed as a threat by the cruel bosses of the Industrial Revolution, Unions hold corporations and public sector employers to task by exposing work hazards, low pay and other threats to employee productivity and wellbeing. While this can sometimes […]

Cracking Down on Gun Violence in Broward

It’s a fact, not an opinion, that our nation has a serious gun violence problem. The violence is perpetrated on our streets and schools, in our homes and churches, against others and overwhelmingly, against ourselves.   At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 and before that at Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale Airport in 2017 Broward County saw […]

The Economy and Our Community

In the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the world shifts its attention to information about public health and the economy. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough to think about preventing the disease’s impact at the personal and community levels. We also must follow the economic news because, sadly, apart from the lives lost, the economic impact […]

Coronavirus, Crisis Response and Leadership

Today I want to make a reflection that goes beyond my candidacy or desire to serve as the Broward’s Sheriff. I want to refer to the importance of genuine leadership. The implementation of disciplined and intelligent communication systems to face crises that can cause enormous damage must be considered as a fundamental part of public […]

Better Policing From the Grassroots Up

Better Policing – When I become your Sheriff, I will serve and protect all of Broward’s residents, businesses and visitors. In our campaign, we like to say “better-policing starts with awareness” and, for us, that awareness starts at the grassroots of the community.   Awareness also goes both ways. It’s the communities’ awareness of the efforts we […]

First 100 Days: Resolving the 9-1-1 Crisis

Seconds matter in an emergency, and under my leadership, all residents and visitors under the jurisdiction of Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) will receive the highest quality of emergency response and emergency management in Florida. When your family dials 9-1-1 for an emergency, help should always be just a few minutes away. To achieve this, three […]

The Five Pillars of Community Protection

As a law enforcement professional, I have always served and led deputies in handling the day-to-day incidents that make up routine police work.   Having over two decades of close-to-the-ground experience has taught me that most illegal activity is 90% preventable once the right prevention programs and systems are in place. Crime prevention is a “win-win” for […]