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Thomas Tiberio Named BCPBA Treasurer

Thomas Tiberio has been named Treasurer of the Broward County PBA, it was announced at a Board of Directors meeting on June 23, 2016. Tiberio, a sergeant with the Miramar Police Department, has been a PBA representative for that department since 2008, and a member of the BCPBA since 1996.

Tiberio joined the Miramar Police Department in 1995, and was was promoted to sergeant in 2004. He is currently assigned to Miramar’s Strategic Investigations Unit, where he is responsible for the supervision of eight detectives handling narcotics, gangs, fraud and other vice crimes. Tiberio was elected to the Miramar Police Pension Board in 2007, and is currently the board’s secretary.

Tiberio graduated from SUNY-Brockport with a B.S. in criminal justice in 1994.

Florida PBA To Begin Career Development Plan Workgroup

On June 15th, the Florida PBA held a meeting with the PBA representatives on the Career Development Plan Workgroup. The workgroup members met with Chapter Presidents and PBA staff to discuss the structure of the our initial proposal to the official workgroup. The official workgroup will consist of PBA representatives, management representatives and the Department of Management Services (DMS).

The official workgroup will begin meeting after July 1, 2016.

As the workgroup meets and proposals are worked out, we will begin to fill in more details for you. So with that in my mind, here’s a brief summary outline of our proposed plan:

  • Voluntary plan – Officers have the option to participate or not.
  • Front loaded increases to address critical retention needs for all agencies. Combined 57% of the officers have less than 10 years of service with the state of Florida. Every agency has an officer population with at least 50% of the officers at 10 or less years of service.
  • During the implementation year, officers are grandfathered in to receive increases based on their previous years of service.
  • Following the implementation year, officers must meet certain training or educational requirements in order to be eligible for the next increase.

Thank you for reading this update and please stay tuned. As always, stay safe.

BCPBA Awards Annual Scholarships

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (BCPBA) presented awards to the winners of its annual essay contest at the quarterly board of directors meeting held on June 23, 2016.

The organization awarded top scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year to five students of the organization’s law enforcement members.

This year’s first place winner is Brittany Bolger of Coral Springs. Brittany received a $1,200 scholarship, which will be applied toward her education at the University of Central Florida. The first place scholarship was sponsored by Matthew Oppedisano of the Wellington, Florida-based Law Enforcement Retirement Advisory Service.

The second place winner was Jake Bottom of Coconut Creek. Jake received a $600 scholarship, which will be applied toward his education at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

The remaining winners each received scholarships in the amount $500 from the Broward County PBA.

The third place recipient was Tanner Yurchuck of Lake Worth. Tanner will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University. Tori Fernandez of West Palm Beach earned the fourth place award, and she is currently attending the University of Central Florida. The fifth place winner was Kerigan McCoy of Coconut Creek. Kerigan will be attending Florida Atlantic University.

The Broward County PBA Annual Scholarship Award was founded in 2003 as part of The HOPE Fund’s mission to assist the children of law enforcement members in their effort to attend college. To be eligible for the scholarship, participants must be the son or daughter of a Broward County PBA member in good standing and plan to be a part-time or full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year university. More information about the scholarship may be found at bcpba.org.

BCPBA Endorses Teresa Williams For Broward County State Attorney

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced its support of Teresa Williams for Broward County State Attorney in the Democratic Primary Election on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

“Teresa has represented and defended several of our members, which have all had positive results,” Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said. “Through these experiences, she has seen firsthand some of the issues and concerns we have with the current administration of this office.”

Williams began her career as a criminal lawyer as a prosecutor in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. She was a specialized juvenile prosecutor, sexual battery and child abuse prosecutor, robbery prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and was the Chief of the Career Criminal Robbery Unit when she left the State Attorney’s Office in 2002. Williams also worked for the Office of Statewide Prosecution, and coordinated a multi-agency task force targeting pharmaceutical fraud and white collar crimes.

Williams started her own law practice in Fort Lauderdale in 2006. She is Board Certified in Criminal Trial by the Florida Bar, and is a Board Member of the Broward Association for Women Lawyers, and the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Williams and her husband, Kevin, have lived in Broward County for 23 years. They raised their daughter and son in their first home in Plantation Gardens and both were active in coaching for the Plantation Athletic League. They are parishioners at St. Gregory’s Parish where they counseled marrying couples through the FOCCUS ministry, and where Teresa serves as the corresponding secretary for St. Gregory’s Women’s Guild. She has a degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

BCPBA Endorses Jim Fondo For Broward County Sheriff

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced its support of Jim Fondo for Broward County Sheriff in the Democratic Primary Election on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

“As a deputy who successfully rose through the ranks and into the command, we believe Jim is the best candidate suited to stabilize the morale, remove the politics and cease the retaliation, intimidation and threats,” PBA President Jeff Marano said. “It is a difficult and dangerous environment facing law enforcement throughout America, and the workplace should be the last place a Deputy should feel unsafe.”

Fondo began his career in law enforcement in 1982 with the Dania Beach Police Department. Upon joining the Broward Sheriff’s Office following the merger of Dania Beach and BSO, Fondo served as a district detective in the Criminal Investigations Unit and the Selective Enforcement Team. In 1990, he was transferred to the Organized Crime Unit, as a detective, working undercover investigating narcotic violations. In February 1997, Fondo was promoted to sergeant working in Lauderdale Lakes and then transferring to Tamarac, serving as the supervisor of the Selective Enforcement Team. In March 2001, he was promoted to Lieutenant and worked as the Executive Officer (Assistant Police Chief) in the cities of Tamarac, Dania Beach and then North Lauderdale. In December, 2006, Fondo was named District Chief (Police Chief) of the Central Broward District. In February, 2009, he was named Director of the Strategic Investigations Division (SID) and also named to the South Florida HIDTA Board as a voting member. During his tenure in SID he was the Security Co-chair of the 2010 Super Bowl committee and then Security Co-chair of the 2011 Orange Bowl committee for Broward County.

During his 30 year career, Fondo earned his Master’s in criminology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program from the Center for Advanced Criminal Justice Studies and in June, 2011, he graduated from the FBI National Academy, Class 245, in Quantico, Virginia. In 2009, as supervisor of BSO’s Homeland Security Unit, Fondo was granted secret security clearance by the FBI to be briefed on terrorism related events through the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

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