BCPBA Preseident Jeff Marano’s Letter To The Editor

Last week, the brave men and women in Broward County Law Enforcement were unfortunately called upon to serve as a horrified nation watched their every move. As an active shooter scenario unfolded at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, hundreds of Broward County’s finest responded with weapons in hand and tactical vests donned to assist The Broward Sheriff’s Office with the monumental task. None of these brave men and women asked, “Are we covered under the mutual aid agreement? Are we on overtime? Do we have jurisdiction to take a police action?” They just showed up and asked, “Where do you need me?”

No academy or training class, directive or policy manual can prepare an agency to begin to control a scene as complicated as the one that played out just a week ago. How can you possibly attempt to contain potential threats, gather intelligence and simultaneously provide services, and safety, for thousands of grounded passengers? There are plenty of “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” out there, most of which have never managed a critical incident as a law enforcement officer, and are just naturally anti-police critics.

The Broward County PBA cannot say enough about the bravery and valor of these law enforcement men and women, who responded without hesitation, as well as the command presence of Sheriff Scott Israel and his staff and the professional manner in which this situation was managed.

We also hope the subsequent release of the video of the incident does not diminish or detract from the unselfish acts taken by the Broward County law enforcement community who protects and serves the citizens of this great county.


Jeff Marano
President, Broward County PBA

President’s Message June 2015




Law enforcement practices are a hot topic as candidates throughout the United States gear up for the 2016 presidential election. Broward County is no exception. It seems everyone is joining in on the body worn camera frenzy. My favorite pro cop-cam argument is that body cameras will modify the behavior of citizens when they come into contact with law enforcement. Following that rational, I wonder what element of the public looted and burned Ferguson Missouri while the national news cameras were live and rolling? What segment of the public looted and burned Baltimore? Was it aliens from another planet who threw rocks, bricks, and bottles at uniformed Baltimore Police Officers in field force formations? Was it extraterrestrials who sent over 50 officers to the hospital while the television cameras were in plain view? Perhaps we should call Mulder and Scully to find out?

The BCBPA has finalized a survey of the Hallandale Beach membership on the issue of body-worn cameras. The survey will be conducted by a third party consultant who will evaluate the opinions of our BCPBA members. The use of force consultant retained by the City of Hallandale Beach preaches that road patrol officers equipped with body cameras must buy into the program for it to be successful. Let’s see.

While we’re on the topic of technology…remember when the Taser was going to change policing? Tasers were going to save lives, and change the public’s perception on police use of force. Now it seems law enforcement has to perform a medical and drug assessment on a subject PRIOR to deploying the Taser.

Yes, 2016 is on the horizon. Both the State Attorney and Public Defender are up for re-election. The prosecution of Broward County law enforcement is a hot topic. Just remember to do whatever you have to do to protect both yourself and the public. As the largest union representing officers and deputies in Broward County, we continue to retain and make available the best legal representation there is.

Stay safe,


President’s Message May 2015


It seems that a day doesn’t go by when you can’t turn on the television, or read a newspaper, and not be faced with yet another story alleging police misconduct in America. The reality is there are more cameras or video recording devices than ever before–including the smart phones the public possesses to capture just about anything.

Of course the good deeds by the men and women in uniform, violent acts perpetrated by offenders, or the meritorious acts taken by law enforcement seem to miss being reported by the media. Supervisors in roll calls, briefings, or line ups everywhere should and must constantly remind their subordinates to conduct themselves as if they are on video the entire shift. Remember: Officer safety is paramount. Continue to take charge of the situation and do not hesitate to use force to protect yourself or the public. The pendulum will swing back to the conservative side when the public is tired of being victimized by these so called troubled people.

The proposed legislative bills affecting PBA members statewide have been closely monitored and tweaked by our legislative staff and statewide PBA executive board officials attending the session. Please visit the PBA website for the weekly updates from Tallahassee staff via the Capitol Report.

Stay safe out there.