Since 1999, the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County (SFBC) has been instrumental in the lives of the surviving family members of fallen BSO deputies and fire fighters. One of the pillars of SFBC’s mission is to provide moral and financial support to the families of those killed in the line of duty. SFBC also oversees memorial funds created by individuals to fund and support special BSO programs for the benefit of the community.
Fallen Heroes Fund: SFBC provides humanitarian assistance to the families and loved ones at the time of death of a deputy or fire-rescue officer and to help the families with funeral arrangements if necessary.
Domestic Security Task Force Fund: This fund is restricted for funding domestic security projects as requested by Region 7 Domestic Security Task Force Committee and approved by the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County. Regional Domestic Security Task Forces were created by the Florida Legislature (Florida Statute 943.0312) after the terror attacks of 9/11. In 2002, the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County (SFBC) received a $2 million federal award to fund Region 7 of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force. The Sheriff’s Foundation is tasked to oversee the expenditure of funds specifically donated for use by the domestic security task force pursuant to Florida Statute Section 943.0312. Over the years, the Sheriff’s Foundation has funded over $700,000.00 in initiatives and new equipment in furtherance of the statutory mission.
At-Risk Scholarship Fund: This fund provides educational assistance to deserving students with high financial needs, as chosen by SFBC directly or in conjunction with another community agency. Funds are paid directly to the institution at which the student enrolls.
Disaster Relief Fund: This fund provides aid to public safety offices in Broward County which have suffered national disasters and aiding BSO employees who are the victims of local disasters. Disbursements are made in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Internal Revenue Services (IRS) regulations regarding disaster assistance. Financial aid is determined by a committee consisting of the Executive Director of the Foundation, the Chairman of the Foundation, the Chaplain of BSO, a representative of the BSO human Resources Department, and a BSO representative of the Sheriff.
BSO K-9 Project Fund: Funds donated to K-9 Project will go towards supporting BSO K-( essential needs such as vests, medical needs, training, facility maintenance, and purchase of BSO K-9 dogs.
Executive Leadership Program Fund: This fund supports the Executive Leadership Program sponsored by the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) and SFBC.
Center for Criminal Justice Studies Fund: This is a general fund for the program and administrative support of professional, academic, and continuing education programs jointly operated by SFBC and the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS). It may be used to improve or expand programs, supplement tuition payments for graduate and undergraduate credits, help underwrite the costs of non-BSO public safety professionals’ participation in professional education, and support the administrative overhead of education programs.
National Seminar Criminal Justice Studies Fund: SFBC is a proud supporter of the National Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Criminal Studies (ICJS). The Broward Sheriff’s Office ICJS was established as a state regional criminal justice training center in May 2003. Certified by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, the ICJS conducts advanced, specialized and career development training programs for law enforcement, detention, probation and parole and fire rescue personnel. The ICJS is dedicated to providing high-quality training and educational services to public safety professionals. The mission of the ICJS is to develop the professional knowledge, skills and abilities of its students by presenting state-of-the-art training programs in a positive learning environment. The ICJS conducts training programs at BSO’s Public Safety Building and Training Annex; Markham Park; Pompano Beach Firearms Range; and the Paul Rein Detention Facility. https://www.sheriff.org/about_bso/admin/icjs/