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.
â€œAs 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,â€ PBA President Jeff Marano said. â€œIt is a difficult and dangerous environment facing law enforcement throughout America, and the workplace should be the last place a Deputy should feel unsafe.â€
Fondo began his career in law enforcement in 1982 with the Dania Beach Police Department. Upon joining the Broward Sheriffâ€™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 Masterâ€™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 BSOâ€™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).