Shop Talk with the Sheriff

Shop Talk with the Sheriff

Service equals reward. That’s the motto of the Broward Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Gregory Tony and it informs each decision the agency makes. It’s also the basis for a new BSO podcast, Shop Talk with the Sheriff. On each episode, Sheriff Tony will take listeners inside BSO, discussing topics like police reform, technological advancements in public safety and initiatives designed to enhance community trust. Join Sheriff Tony on each episode for an honest and informative discussion.

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May 5, 2021 21 min

With a mission to reduce crime and create safer communities through alternatives to incarceration, today's special guest is Dave Scharf, BSO Director of Community Programs. Director Scharf oversees a variety of custodial and community-based programs, treatment and active supervision with one goal in mind - to provide offenders with the best opportunity for successful reentry into the community. Tune in to learn more about how t...

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LOCAL HEROES SERIES: "You are the only expert of your child," said special guest Margi Hedelund from Autism Society of Florida's Board of Directors. In this episode, Margi and I have a dynamic discussion about her life as the mother of two sons diagnosed with autism and the role she plays in helping the Autism Society of Florida provide resources, education and guidance to families in need. Margi also serves as the Lead...

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LOCAL HEROES SERIES: I often remark that youth are our future and most precious asset. Through Junior Achievement of South Florida (JASF), today's special guest, President and CEO Laurie Sallarulo leads the charge in overseeing a team of more than 40 people and manages a 60,000-square foot facility that serves about 55,000 K-12 students each year. When asked why JASF serves such an important role in our community, Laurie replie...

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LOCAL HEROES SERIES: The impact of absent fathers in the lives of youth in our society is long-lasting and far-reaching. Gernald Hawkins, the founder of Fathers M.I.A., decided to do something about it. Join us for a dynamic and important discussion about the ways Fathers M.I.A. is helping fathers to go from "Missing In Action" to "Motivated, Involved, and Active!"

​Thank you for joining us! Be sure to subscribe, sh...

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LOCAL HEROES SERIES: Today's episode features a long-standing community leader in the Broward community, Bobby Henry, Sr., Publisher and CEO of the family-owned Westside Gazette Newspaper. Mr. Henry has led the dramatic transformation of Broward County's oldest and largest African-American owned and operated newspaper, devoted many years to uplifting and mentoring youth and is active on the board of numerous organizations. ...

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Covering 1,300 square miles and serving almost 2 million residents, BSO's Aviation Unit is the only law enforcement aviation unit operating in Broward County. To get an inside look at the elite team in this specialized unit, Sheriff Gregory Tony is joined by special guests, Lieutenant Dave Fernandez who oversees the Special Operations Division, and Deputy Paul Sada, Tactical Flight Officer. This program is unique in that it foc...

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LOCAL HEROES SERIES: In today's episode, I'm honored to feature our special guest, Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, President and CEO of the Urban League of Broward County (ULBC). Dr. Baugh is currently the only female CEO to lead a National Urban League affiliate in Florida and has been serving at ULBC for almost 25 years. Since 2006, Dr. Baugh has elevated the profile of the ULBC into a premier nonprofit dedicated to promoting s...

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March 16, 2021 16 min

Joining Sheriff Gregory Tony on this episode is a special guest, Attorney Michael Garcia. Attorney Garcia is the Chairperson of The Hispanic Vote and leads a successful Construction, Commercial Litigation and Government Affairs practice in Broward County. Sheriff Tony and Attorney Garcia discuss the steps taken by the Broward Sheriff's Office to ensure the agency's diversity reflects the Broward community, the unique experi...

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LOCAL HEROES SERIES: At BSO, our community partnerships are essential to serving the residents of the Broward community. In today's episode, I'm excited to feature our special guest, Josie Bacallao, President and CEO of Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF). As one of South Florida's largest agencies dedicated to the immigrant population, HUF uses a "people first" approach to help multi-cultural children and families ...

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Sheriff Gregory Tony is joined by special guest, Lieutenant Colonel Josefa Benjamin, for an in-depth discussion on the inner workings of BSO's Department of Detention. There are many moving parts involved with the care and safety of thousands of inmates in our custody. LTC Benjamin sheds light on the process and explains the differences between our detention facilities, the care taken during the intake process and so much more.
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Sheriff Gregory Tony and special guest, Detective Michael Merrill from BSO’s Burglary Apprehension Team (BAT), take listeners inside the BAT Unit’s crime-fighting efforts. Hardly a day goes by that BAT detectives don’t make an arrest for a stolen car or make significant progress toward recovering one along with solving other burglary cases. Learn more about how BSO is safeguarding the Broward community.​

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February 24, 2021 22 min

Sheriff Gregory Tony is joined by special guest, Alton Bolden, Principal of Piney Grove Boys Academy for a dynamic discussion on mentorship, leadership and developing youth into successful adults. Principal Bolden provides insight on the unique programs offered at Piney Grove and the ways BSO proudly supports their Fathers Being Involved Program (FBI) for boys being raised by single mothers.

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There is nothing human about human trafficking. Sheriff Gregory Tony is joined by special guest, Jumorrow Johnson, Human Trafficking Coordinator, Office of the State Attorney 17th Judicial Circuit, for an enlightening discussion about the prevalence of human trafficking in the State of Florida and its impact on the community.

If you suspect human trafficking in your community, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline a...

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To help protect our youth from online predators, Sheriff Gregory Tony and special guest, Detective Michael Joo, from the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit engage in an in-depth discussion about how to identify if your child is being targeted or manipulated online. Detective Joo provides important safety tips to guide the online activity of parents and children.

If you or someone you know is being exploited online, please contac...

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Sheriff Gregory Tony sat down with special guest, Captain Audrey Jones from BSO’s Special Events and Logistics Unit, to discuss how her team coordinated with community partners during this trying time to distribute more than 4 million pounds of food across to residents in need across Broward County.

To assist Broward residents in preparing for the holidays, below are the upcoming food distribution details for the remainder of 2020:

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December 14, 2020 17 min

The holiday season brings joy but can sometimes create increased stress, anxiety and depression. In this episode, Sheriff Gregory Tony is joined by special guests, Judy Couwels, Employee Assistance Program Manager, and Bailee Schuhmann, Nova Southeastern University psychology graduate student, who discuss ways to protect your mental health and help others who may also be affected . You will also learn more about resources and servi...

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December 9, 2020 15 min

The holiday season is here! To help keep you safe, Sheriff Gregory Tony is joined by special guests from BSO’s Department of Law Enforcement, Major Aimee Russo and Sergeant Devoune Williams, to discuss important safety reminders and crime prevention tips in your neighborhood. You will also learn more about helpful programs and services offered by BSO such as Operation Front Porch and our Vacation Home Watch Program.

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Sheriff Gregory Tony and Director of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC), Ret. Judge Julio Gonzalez, discuss how the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) PSC has changed to reflect higher standards of professionalism, provide more accountability and ensure due process for BSO employees. In this discussion, Dir. Gonzalez also expresses why he believes the BSO PSC is one of the best in Florida.​

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October 21, 2020 14 min

In the 105-year history of the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), the first-ever Use of Force Review Board was created to establish an additional layer of internal review of use of force incidents. Sheriff Gregory Tony and special guest, BSO Captain Scott Champagne from the Public Corruption and Internal Affairs Division, dive deeper into this topic shedding light on why this board was created and how it reinforces accountability to u...

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Sheriff Gregory Tony and special guest, Colonel John Hale, BSO's Executive Director of the Department of Professional Standards and Investigations, engage in a transparent conversation about the significant changes undertaken at the Broward Sheriff's Office to increase accountability within the organization. Learn more about the Professional Standards Committee, Use of Force Review Board, the early warning system, and how t...

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