BCPBA Maintains Hallandale’s Use Of Force Special Order Is Unlawful

Recently, the Hallandale Beach Police Department put in place Special Order 16-003 Use of Force policy that prohibits its officers from protecting themselves against moving vehicles. The Broward County PBA maintains that not only does SO 16-003 violate Florida’s Stand Your Ground statute, but it unnecessarily places our members in harm’s way. A review of the plain meaning of Stand Your Ground would unescapably lead a disinterested party to conclude that Stand Your Ground carves out no “vehicle” exception, which is exactly what SO 16-003 unlawfully does.

“It seems that the Hallandale Beach administration continues to put political correctness before the safety of the brave men and women of the Hallandale Beach Police Department,” Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said.

The Stand Your Ground statute, as codified in Sections 776.012, and 776.013, Florida Statutes, provides that a person is justified in the use of deadly force and has no duty to retreat if either: (1) the person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself, or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or (2) the person acts under and according to the circumstances set forth in Section 776.013 (pertaining to the use of force in the context of a home or vehicle invasion).

As set forth, Stand Your Ground does not mandate a person “not [to] discharge a firearm at a vehicle when the vehicle is the only instrument being used as a weapon/potential weapon in a deadly force encounter.” If the Legislature had wished to address the factual scenario envisioned in SO 16-003, it would have written an exception to Stand Your Ground. In its current state, it does not. Thus, the City’s mandate is unlawful. As such, the PBA will continue to advocate for our members’ safety and advise them accordingly.

Sunrise Lieutenants Ratify New CBA

The Sunrise Police Lieutenants Bargaining Unit voted today to ratify their 2015-2018 collective bargaining agreement with the city.

Highlights of the new deal include a 2 1/2 percent raise, effective from October 1, 2015, and will increase another 1 1/2 percent on January 1, 2018. Employees may also receive additional pay step increases for continuous full-time service with the city.

“It is great to work with a municipality that values the men and women in blue who serve,” Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said.