Official Memo from BSO Chaplain Nathaniel Knowles Regarding Arrangements for Deputy Thomas O’Keefe

Official notice from BSO Chaplain Nathaniel Knowles regarding arrangements for Deputy Thomas O’Keefe. Please share and post to all interested parties.

DATE: July 6, 2015

MEMO TO: All Personnel

FROM: Chaplain Nathaniel Knowles
Office of the Chaplain


It is with deep personal regret that the Office of the Chaplain informs you of the passing of Deputy Thomas O’Keefe. After a long battle with cancer, Deputy O’Keefe passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in the comfort of his home amongst family and friends. Deputy O’Keefe began his career with the Broward Sheriff’s Office September 8, 2003, serving the Dania Beach District.

Deputy O’Keefe is survived by his wife Jessica and their daughter Mackenzie and parents retired Officer Thomas O’Keefe, Sr. and Mrs. Leslie O’Keefe. Arrangements for Deputy O’Keefe are as follows:

T.M. Ralph Funeral Home
371 NW 136th Ave
Sunrise, FL 33325
(954) 587-6888

First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale
301 East Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 527-6800
REPAST: Broward County Police Benevolent Association
2901 Southwest 26th Terrace
Dania Beach, FL 33312
(954) 584-7600

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested to please make donations to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the O’Keefe family and the Dania Beach district during this difficult time.

Please refer all questions to the Office of the Chaplain at (954) 321-4111.

NK: lme


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Palm Beach County Sheriff Comments on Law Enforcement in the Media

Sheriff Rick Bradshaw was not able to attend the Palm Beach PBA annual ball prepared a special message to attendees.

Among the things he said:

“I want everyone that is in law enforcement to hold their heads up high. As far as I am concerned law enforcement in this county is as good as you can get.”

He also stated that to those who say that all law enforcement is bad because some mistakes have been made is wrong.

The Sheriff stated that he’s behind his deputies and will back them up.



A link to the full video is below.

Grand jury clears 6 deputies, and 5 officers in four fatal shootings

Six Broward Sheriff’s deputies and five police officers have been cleared by a Broward County grand jury that reviewed four fatal shootings of civilians.

The grand jury heard the cases during its current six-month term that will end June 30.

Tony Alfero, the lawyer who handled the case on behalf of the Broward County PBA said: “We’re all very thankful that none of the officers were killed, since he did open fire on them when they weren’t even looking,…”

The full article is below:

Capitol Report


The Capitol Report

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Matt Puckett, Executive Director

The Florida Legislature finished the budgeting process last night at midnight. As usual, salaries were one of the last decisions to be made.

Here’s how our bargaining units fared in the final budget.


The Legislature provided a critical market pay additive for the following counties: Lee, Collier, Monroe, Broward and Dade.

The Legislature provided a 5% critical market pay additive for Troopers in the following counties: Hillsborough, Orange, Pinellas, Duval, Marion and Escambia. Also, the previous Cost Area Differential (CAD) dollars in other locations remain in place.

Additionally, a $2,000 pay additive may be provided for the following special duties:

– K-9 handlers;
– Felony Officers;
– Criminal Interdiction Officers;
– Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Officers:
– New recruits background checks and training and technology support officers;
– Drug recognition experts;
– hazardous material squad members;
– compliance investigation squad members;
– motorcycle officers.
The Legislature permanently funded $850,000 for overtime.

Other state agencies:

No pay additives.

Why did the Legislature decide not to fund across the board raises? For those of you following the regular session, you will remember that the Low Income Pool (LIP) funding for the poor caused the session to breakdown. Low income pool funding provides health care dollars for the poor. The federal government is phasing out the LIP funding, but granted Florida an extension of one year at a reduced amount. This created a large shortfall in the operating budget.

All state PBA units:

There were no changes to health insurance premiums for employees and no increases to the employee contribution to the Florida Retirement System.

We also signed off on the status quo policy for the special compensatory leave article in the contract. This means our current contract language remains in place. This issue was at impasse during the regular session. We proposed to create a pay as you system for special compensatory leave and the Department of Management Services provided a counter proposal that we could not accept.

Here’s the major difference in the proposals – We want to be able to keep the existing contractual language allowing up to 240 hours of previously earned special comp and DMS wants that balance on past special comp to be zero. We are working with DMS to reach a solution that does not take away the previous balances, but allows a payout on future special comp earnings. Status quo keeps the balances in place and gives us another year to reach a solution.

The Legislature starts early next year; we are already discussing a pay proposal with the Speaker of House and Senate President. We will keep you informed as soon as the interim committees begin in September.