Training to make a difference – Parkland Talk

Sheriff Gregory Tony
Sheriff Gregory Tony

A message from Sheriff Gregory Tony:

We are not reaching the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our formation. – Archilochus

Our country has again experienced tragedy after several recent mass shootings in Buffalo, NY, Laguna Woods, CA, and Uvalde, TX.

As a community, we learned the value of training and preparation after our own experiences at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Training is necessary for any profession, but essential for first responders. Their safety and the lives of those they are sworn to protect depend on it.

I can tell you from experience, no matter how mentally and physically prepared a person is, amidst the emotion, adrenaline and urgency of the moment, the importance of training becomes immediately apparent. With more training comes increased discipline, preparation, and clarity of purpose. Speed, efficiency, and accuracy are improved as we rehearse actions and rehearse scenarios. You can equip people with the best tools, but they also need the knowledge and ability to use them effectively.

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Today, our in-house training programs are second to none.

Since accepting command of the organization, the Broward Sheriff’s Office has become the first agency in Florida to have a nationally certified active shooter training unit. We continually rotate our deputies on critical incident and crisis mitigation exercises to ensure they are prepared for any incident. BSO’s Fire and Rescue Department continues to raise the bar by introducing specialist training tactics and skills to improve performance. One of these skills includes the ability to fire, which involves gathering water from a static source if a fire hydrant is not available.

We have also prioritized training Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs) for all assistants to more effectively engage with people in crisis or experiencing mental health issues.

Currently, more than 60% of our Law Enforcement Department deputies are CIT-trained, which is more than double the national average, as well as 40% of our Detention Department deputies. Additionally, 74% of all BSO employees and 96% of all assistants have completed the Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement (RITE) course, which reinforces a bias-free workplace and teaches racial sensitivity. and cultural and de-escalation techniques.

Tactical performance, readiness and professional development training are essential to public safety readiness and are offered at all levels of our agency.

We have partnered with leading organizations and educational institutions to provide enhanced training for our sworn personnel and executive development for our command staff, managers and directors. Our comprehensive training approach has made BSO a leading training organization and has attracted public safety professionals locally and nationally.

Our progress will continue. Construction of our state-of-the-art training center is in full swing. When completed, the 103,000 square foot facility will house all of our training initiatives under one roof and usher in an exciting new era at BSO.

If you want to learn more about BSO and how we serve the community, we invite you to join our Citizens Academy. The 10-week program combines classroom learning and hands-on exercises to discover all that our organization does to serve this community. Click on here to find out more or visit

Service equals reward

Sheriff Gregory Tony

Some towns in Broward like Coconut Creek, Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Plantation, Davie, Margate, Miramar, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, and Coral Springs maintain their police departments; however, OSB provides communication and dispatch services in the following cities: Central Broward, Cooper City, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, West Park, Pompano Beach, Port Everglades , Tamarac, Weston and West Broward unincorporated.

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