Today, it was an honor and privilege for me to be among the many guests and fine people of the Broward Sheriff’s Office to be included on the invitation for the swearing in of Sheriff Israel to another four year term. Held at The Faith Center in Sunrise, many city and county officials, service men and women and community activists were in attendance.
The Sheriff enjoyed an overwhelming win during November’s general election, and was officially sworn in for a second term today, January 3.
The ceremony was enhanced by amazing entertainment! BSO’s Department of Detention (DOD) Band is phenomenal. Inspiring songwriter and guitarist Richie Supa wrote and performed an original score that was a tremendously moving tribute for officers who have lived and passed in the line of duty (FYI: Richard “Richie” Supa (born Richard Goodman in Massapequa Park, New York) is an American songwriter and guitarist best known for his work with Aerosmith and Richie Sambora).
On a personal note, I applaud Sheriff Israel for his effort to raise awareness for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), serving as an ambassador for their annual walk and for also being an proponent for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. If you or someone you know, love, or care for suffers from severe mental illness, both NAMI and CIT officers are here to provide much needed support and help. Please get familiar with both.
About the BSO
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is one of the largest fully-accredited sheriff’s offices in the nation, providing law enforcement services to 16 districts, including all of the county’s unincorporated areas and various cities that contract with BSO and fire rescue services to most of the unincorporated areas and seven contract cities. The agency provides law enforcement services to the county courthouses and provides both law enforcement and fire rescue services to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. It also runs the four county jails, housing nearly 4,000 inmates daily.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a unique partnership amongst law enforcement, behavioral health providers, consumers and families. CIT reinforces the partnership between law enforcement, individuals affected by mental illness and substance abuse disorders, mental health advocacy groups, and consumers of mental health services and their families.
The purpose of CIT is to insure that consumers are treated humanely by trained law enforcement officers during a crisis. They will receive the care they need and will be diverted from the criminal justice system. This program saves lives and money.
CIT of Broward Partners
· Broward Behavioral Health Coalition
· Broward Regional Health Planning Council
· Department of Children and Families
· Fort Lauderdale Police Department
· Henderson Behavioral Health
· National Alliance on Mental Illness
· Memorial Healthcare System
· Broward Sheriff’s Office
Enjoy the New Year 2017!
Report by Linda Hamburger
South Florida Public Relations Founder and Moderator
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