Giving Back to Those Who Serve – The Hundred Club


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.


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 to read more about the scholarship criteria and find links and contact information for applications at each of the schools.

Union Requests That Police Departments Abide by SB 264 to Eliminate Citation Quotas and Officer Ratings Based on Citations


CONTACT:  Jeff Marano, 954-584-7600

Union Requests That Police Departments Abide by SB 264 to Eliminate Citation Quotas and Officer Ratings Based on Citations

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – June 9, 2015 – The Broward County Police Benevolent Association (BCPBA) sent letters to police chiefs at all Broward County police departments represented by the PBA advising them of the recently passed State of Florida bill SB 264 which amends Florida State Statute 316.640 to prohibit traffic citation quotas. With the passage of the legislation, the establishment of citation quotas is a violation of state law.

The union mailed the letters on Friday, June 5, 2015. In its letter, union President Jeff Marano requested that police departments “…abide by the law and eliminate all traffic citation quotas from its practices, including but not limited to the current monthly evaluation system whereby an officer is given a rating based on the number of traffic citations and/or enforcement actions taken within a period of time, to wit, a month.”
“The PBA sees these citations as revenue sources for their agencies and it makes officers and deputies look like the bad guys. We don’t want to have mandates that continue to adversely impact the public,” Marano added. “An officer’s or deputy’s monthly statistics shouldn’t reflect the number of citations issued.”

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The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is the largest law enforcement union 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.

Capitol Report: Subcommittees Conducted Budget Conference

The Florida Legislature inched closer to a state funding budget for 2015-16 over the weekend as subcommittees met to work out differences.  Our bargaining units avoided reductions to staffing and other critical funding.

The Florida Highway Patrol received additional $850,000 in recurring revenue for overtime costs.  In the past, the allocation has been more, but the money was from nonrecurring funds.

We are still waiting to resolve our impasse issues on special compensatory time and salaries.  This should be completed by the end of the week.  We will keep you posted.

As always, stay safe.

Matt Puckett, Executive Director