Broward County PBA Endorses Nan Rich for County Commission, District 1


The Broward County Police Benevolent Association today endorsed Senator Nan Rich in her race for Broward County Commission, District 1.

In the letter endorsing Senator Rich, BCPBA President Jeff Marano wrote:

“During your 12-year tenure in the State of Florida legislature you were always accessible, prepared, and well-versed on legislative issues, not only related to the men and women in law enforcement but to all Floridians. In preparing for your candidacy for the county commission you listened and understood our issues and the importance of the role of a county commissioner as it directly relates to the Sheriff’s budget. We believe the experience and knowledge you obtained at the state capitol will serve all Broward County residents.”

The letter to Senator Rich may be viewed by clicking the link below.



These days, you can go to prison for doing your job.

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These days, you can go to prison for doing your job.

That’s right. In today’s climate, one bad incident can ruin your career and potentially land you
in jail just for doing your job. If that happens, you will need an organization with financial
strength and a successful track record defending BSO Deputies.

We recently notified you of a union election between the Broward County PBA and a shell
organization called the International Union of Police Associations. Soon, you will hear a lot
about this group and whether or not it can deliver on its many promises. This is a choice that
will radically affect not only pay and benefits, but whether or not you will have the legal
protections to secure you and your family’s future.

You are all trained investigators. As this election nears, ask the tough questions. Demand
specifics. Insist on facts, not promises.

Above all, don’t be complacent. This election could radically affect the legal protections you and
your family depend on for years to come.


Broward County Police Benevolent Association
2650 West State Road 84
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 584-7600 ❖ FAX: (954) 583-0405

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BCPBA President on New York Times article “A Florida Police Killing Like Many, Disputed and Little Noticed”



BCPBA President, Jeff Marano, added comment to the  New York Times story, “A Florida Police Killing Like Many, Disputed and Little Noticed.”

The article  reports on investigations following the shooting of Jermaine McBean by a BSO Deputy.

Jeff Marano’s comments are excerpted below.

“Jeff Marano, president of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, said he was confident that Deputy Peraza, who is Hispanic, would be cleared. He said despondent people sometimes point unloaded BB guns at police officers in an effort to die by ‘suicide by cop’  and added that a police officer is killed in America every 50 hours.

I am confident that the deputy took appropriate action based on what he knew at the time and the threat he perceived at the time,’ Mr. Marano said.”

The full text of the article may be read at the New York Times website linked below.

Florida PBA Enhances Heart Fund Benefits



From John Rivera, Florida PBA President

In keeping with our solemn duty to care for our fallen heroes, the Florida PBA has enhanced the following survivor benefits covered by our Heart Fund Charity.

As of today, if a member is killed in the line of duty, his or her survivor will receive a $50,000.00 lump sum benefit from our Heart Fund.  This enhancement is increasing the benefit from $30,000 to $50,000.

Additionally, if a member is catastrophically injured in the line of duty, the member will receive a $30,000.00 benefit from our Heart Fund.  This enhancement is increasing the benefit from $20,000 to $30,000.

It is our obligation to never forget the sacrifices of those heroes we have lost.  We must always remember.  May God bless you.



John Rivera


President’s Message June 2015




Law enforcement practices are a hot topic as candidates throughout the United States gear up for the 2016 presidential election. Broward County is no exception. It seems everyone is joining in on the body worn camera frenzy. My favorite pro cop-cam argument is that body cameras will modify the behavior of citizens when they come into contact with law enforcement. Following that rational, I wonder what element of the public looted and burned Ferguson Missouri while the national news cameras were live and rolling? What segment of the public looted and burned Baltimore? Was it aliens from another planet who threw rocks, bricks, and bottles at uniformed Baltimore Police Officers in field force formations? Was it extraterrestrials who sent over 50 officers to the hospital while the television cameras were in plain view? Perhaps we should call Mulder and Scully to find out?

The BCBPA has finalized a survey of the Hallandale Beach membership on the issue of body-worn cameras. The survey will be conducted by a third party consultant who will evaluate the opinions of our BCPBA members. The use of force consultant retained by the City of Hallandale Beach preaches that road patrol officers equipped with body cameras must buy into the program for it to be successful. Let’s see.

While we’re on the topic of technology…remember when the Taser was going to change policing? Tasers were going to save lives, and change the public’s perception on police use of force. Now it seems law enforcement has to perform a medical and drug assessment on a subject PRIOR to deploying the Taser.

Yes, 2016 is on the horizon. Both the State Attorney and Public Defender are up for re-election. The prosecution of Broward County law enforcement is a hot topic. Just remember to do whatever you have to do to protect both yourself and the public. As the largest union representing officers and deputies in Broward County, we continue to retain and make available the best legal representation there is.

Stay safe,