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Robert Cuba Wins BCPBA’s 2018 Scholarship Essay Contest

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (BCPBA) presented awards to the winners of its annual college scholarship essay contest at its quarterly board of directors meeting held on July 19, 2018.

The organization awarded top scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year to five students of the organization’s law enforcement members. The essay topic for the applicants was, “The opioid crisis in America has reached epidemic proportions, and this disease doesn’t discriminate based on race, ethnic origin, age or socio-economic status. Families are being destroyed, and there doesn’t seem to be an answer to eradicating this problem. New solutions must be developed, and the law enforcement component must be part of the new equation. What do you think law enforcement’s role should be in striking a balance between upholding the law against the possession and use of illegal narcotics and the option of treatment, instead of punishment, for the offender?”

This year’s first place winner is Robert Cuba of Pembroke Pines. Robert received a $1,200 scholarship, which will be applied toward his education at the University of Florida. The first place scholarship award was sponsored by Matthew Oppedisano of the Wellington, Florida-based Law Enforcement Retirement Advisory Service.

The second place winner was Lexi O’Brien of Fort Lauderdale. Lexi received a $600 scholarship, donated by Richard Applefeld, and will be applied toward her education at the University of Central Florida.

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

The third place recipient was Brianna Costello of Jacksonville. Brianna is currently attending the University of North Florida, and will continue to do so through graduate school. Taylor Seldin of Boynton Beach earned the fourth place award, and will be attending the University of Central Florida. The fifth place winner was Lesley Cosme of Riverview. Lesley will be attending Penn State 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 can be found at bcpba.org.

The Winning Essay

With the recent increase in media scrutiny, police officers have been facing mounting pressure to meet high standards in every aspect of their jobs. The opioid crisis creates a new challenge: should police officers arrest opioid addicts at the cost of breaking up families and potentially derailing lives?

According to Sir Robert Peel, the founder of modern policing, one of the core principles of policing is “To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary, of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.”

Peel’s statement provides strong philosophical support for the idea that the police should address opioid abuse by enforcing the law, the same way they are expected to address other crimes. Although ignoring the individual needs of opioid addicts seems objectionable at first, there are numerous reasons why Peel’s principle still holds true in this case.

Before they have a chance to be arrested, opioid addicts have many treatment options available to them. They can have their health insurance company pay for their rehab, seek out help from charitable or faith-based organizations, or stop abusing drugs on their own. But once their addiction becomes problematic enough for them to be confronted by police, whether it’s for a drug-related offense or for some other crime, the best course of action is for the officers to arrest the offender to prevent further harm.

Our society has come to expect a lot from police officers, but legally, it is the responsibility of the courts to decide the fates of the accused. They specialize in this task, so they are much better equipped to find a solution for each person who is arrested, whether that solution involves treatment, punishment, both, or neither.

Evidence linking substance abuse to crime provides a strong argument that police officers have a responsibility to separate drug addicts from their communities to promote public safety. A 1981 study found that opiate addicts in Baltimore were six times more likely to commit crimes while they were using opiates than while they were abstinent.

The police do not have the necessary resources to single-handedly solve the opioid crisis, but they don’t have to. The role of law enforcement should primarily be to enforce the law to protect the community. It is up to higher levels of government to create and modify laws, and the courts have the final say on the best way to interpret those laws for the benefit of society, but this only matters if the police do their part and bring them opioid addicts in need of assistance.

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.

Broward County Police Benevolent Association Awards Annual Scholarships

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – July 27, 2015 – The Broward County Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (BCPBA) presented awards to the winners of its annual essay contest at a quarterly board meeting held on July 21, 2015.

From left to right Front row:  Xerian Ximinies (left) and Jarren Meyer (right) Middle row: Dan Casey, Christine Casey, Matthew Oppedisano, Rodney Skirvin, Brendan Casey, Drew Brooks, Phillip Ximinies, Jr.,  Kevin Meyer, Debbie Reggio, Ryan Meyer, Cassie Meyer, Kevin Meyer Back row: Alkie Lewis-Ximinies, Sean Allen, Phillip Ximinies, Sr., Jeff Marano, Lee Martin, Richard Allen

From left to right
Front row: Xerian Ximinies (left) and Jarren Meyer (right)
Middle row:
Dan Casey, Christine Casey, Matthew Oppedisano, Rodney Skirvin, Brendan Casey, Drew Brooks, Phillip Ximinies, Jr., Kevin Meyer, Debbie Reggio, Ryan Meyer, Cassie Meyer, Kevin Meyer
Back row:
Alkie Lewis-Ximinies, Sean Allen, Phillip Ximinies, Sr., Jeff Marano, Lee Martin, Richard Allen

The organization awarded top scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year to five students of the organization’s law enforcement members.

This year’s first place winner was Phillip Ximinies, Jr. of Pembroke Pines. Phillip received a $1,200 scholarship which will be applied to his education at Missouri Valley College. The first place scholarship was sponsored by Matthew Oppedisano of the Wellington, Florida-based Law Enforcement Retirement Advisory Service.

The remaining winners each received scholarships in the amount $500 from the BCPBA. The second place winner was Ryan Meyer of Boynton Beach. Ryan will be attending the University of Florida. In third place was Ryan Swanson of Coconut Creek. Ryan will be studying premed at the University of South Florida. Brendan Casey of Hollywood earned a fourth place award. Brendan will be attending Valencia College. In fifth place was Sean Allen of Cooper City. Sean will also be attending the University of Florida.

The BCPBA Annual Scholarship Award was begun 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.

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The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is the largest law enforcement group serving Broward County. BCPBA is a non-profit organization providing labor relations assistance and collective bargaining services for its members. Our mission is to promote professionalism in law enforcement and to protect the rights and privileges of individual law enforcement officers and civilian employees, as well as to keep citizens informed of the challenges facing law enforcement today. We are active in community events including those that support and honor law enforcement.

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Giving Back to Those Who Serve – The Hundred Club

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Giving Back to Those Who Serve

The Hundred Club may be Broward County’s best kept secret. First formed in Detroit in 1952 by retired Pontiac dealer, William Packer, The Hundred Club was the first U.S. organization to provide assistance to dependent children of firefighters and officers killed in the line of duty. When Mr. Packer retired and moved to Florida in 1962, he established a chapter here. The organization later expanded its mission to include military families.
The main goal of the organization is to help families during the first few days following a traumatic line of duty event. “We meet with the family, ascertain what is needed, and provide immediate financial assistance to help them cope and get back on their feet,” said Scott Gooding, president of the organization and a retired BSO District Chief for all Broward County Courthouses.
In addition to financial assistance following a death or trauma, The Hundred Club provides college scholarships to active members of law enforcement, fire service and the military as well as dependent children of those killed in the line of duty for those groups.

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The Hundred Club has endowment funds with five Florida colleges including Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, and University of Florida. Three additional schools will be added in 2016.
Eligible students may visit http://www.the100club.net to read more about the scholarship criteria and find links and contact information for applications at each of the schools.

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