Florida – Multiple reports from various news outlets are reporting that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has been suspended by the newly sworn-in Governor Ron DeSantis.
How the Sheriff has lasted this long is beyond me. The way Broward County Deputies handled the Parkland school shooting is one of the most embarrassing and tragic stories surrounding law enforcement in recent history.
Back in November 4, 2013, Sheriff Israel reportedly changed the active shooter policy for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office from “will respond” to “may respond”. This alone should be cause for the removal of Sheriff Israel, as it is clear his policy change cost lives on February 14, 2018.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Jeff Bell, President of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, citing Sheriff Israel’s poor leadership stated, “Broward County Deputies are limited to only four hours of firearms training each year.”
Bell went on to say that due Sheriff Israel’s training policies, “they spend more time in classrooms learning about politeness while policing” than engaging in other training that could better prepares them to do their job.
It is clear, Sheriff Israel has implemented multiple changes to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office that ultimately led to an atrocious and negligent response by his agency on that horrific and tragic day. For these reasons alone, he should have been fired long ago.
After multiple calls to oust Sheriff Israel, even a union “vote of no confidence” where 85% of members voted to get rid of Sheriff Israel, it seems the deputies in Broward County will finally get their wish.
Good riddance Sheriff Israel, though calling you a Sheriff may be giving you too much credit.
We can only hope the new leader takes the department in better and more efficient direction.
The members of the nation’s largest fully accredited Sheriff’s Office in the country deserve it, as do their citizens.
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