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.
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, 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.
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.