The Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County (SFBC) supports and funds BSO training needs by providing financial support for programs designed to enhance competence and leadership within the agency. SFBC also funds BSO law enforcement initiatives designed to fight crime and enhance public safety.

Nova Southeastern University (NSU), the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO), and the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County (SFBC) have created an educational partnership between the largest independent institution of higher education in Florida and the nation’s largest full service public safety agency.   This partnership was initially developed as a way to create educational opportunities for Broward County’s finest men and women: BSO’s 5,800 employees.  However, the scope of the relationship has broadened to include a multitude of other opportunities to improve the quality of life for public safety officials and citizens, on a local, national, and global level. Since its inception, this unique partnership has developed and fostered several programs and initiatives in the following areas:

  • Certificate & Degree Programs
  • Conferences/Professional Development
  • Research
  • Community Outreach

Executive Leadership Program: SFBC, BSO and Nova Southeastern University have partnered to provide students the opportunity to apply criminal justice theory to real-life circumstances. The Executive Leadership Certificate Program (ELP) is a 16 week leadership development program that focuses on the development of key leadership competencies to help students grow with their agencies.  The ELP provides senior and supervisory public safety officers with instruction and facilitation in the areas of leadership; organizational change; behavior and learning; decision making; ethics and accountability; managing human resources; budget and finance; and stress, crisis and emergency management. Include following link http://nsubso.nova.edu/exec-leadership.html

BSO Internship Program: SFBC, BSO and Nova Southeastern University have partnered to provide a unique opportunity for student internships, with NSU’s robust research focus, and BSO’s vast array of public safety services.  Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in public safety, such as law enforcement, detention, community control, and administration. The internship program allows students to get quality hands-on experience while also providing an opportunity to explore a career with BSO. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Internship Program is available throughout the year in conjunction with academic semesters: spring (January-April), summer (May-August) and fall (September-December). Include the following link http://nsubso.nova.edu/programs/student-internships.html

Institute for Criminal Justice Studies: The Broward Sheriff’s Office Institute for Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) was established with the support of SFBC 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/

National Seminar Criminal Justice Studies: 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.

BSO Lost But Not Forgotten Program: SFBC funds this program to allow criminal investigators to use modern forensic methods to identify victims of crimes and solve cold cases. This funding will also assist in finding suspects and give answers to the families of the victims. Funds will be used to exhume unidentified bodies in order to perform modern forensic techniques including 3-D imaging, DNA sampling amplifying and profiling, forensic anthropology and other laboratory expenses.