Sheriff Scott Israel bio

Sheriff Scott Israel

Scott Israel was elected Sheriff of Broward County in November 2012. Upon taking office in January of 2013, he redirected the Broward Sheriff’s Office mission to focus on fighting violent crime, keeping Broward’s youth out of jail, and addressed the special needs of disadvantaged members of our community, including the homeless and the mentally ill.

As a result of the Sheriff’s initiatives, crimes – including violent offenses – are sharply down, and juvenile arrests have decreased through the implementation of the civil citation program. Sheriff Israel has also taken a proactive role in aiding Broward’s homeless populations, by working to keep individuals out of jail while directing them to the correct services and helping them regain and recapture their lives. His innovative Homeless Outreach Initiative earned the Broward Sheriff’s Office the prestigious Civil Rights Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in August of 2014. Broward County is safer and more united as a result of Sheriff Israel’s leadership and community outreach initiatives. He understands that by working with community partners and neighbors, we can make the Broward Sheriff’s Office the kind of world-class law enforcement organization it should be.

Sheriff Israel spent the first 25 years of his law enforcement career with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. During his tenure he was assigned to numerous divisions, including Community Policing, Operations Bureau, and Special Investigations/Narcotics Division. He was known for his unique ability to develop working relationships with individuals and various community organizations. He retired from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as Commander of their S.W.A.T. Team, Homeland Security Director and Captain of Community Policing.

In July of 2004, he was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of North Bay Village. As the Police Chief, he continued to foster strategic partnerships with the community and was honored in 2005 by the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association as “Police Chief of the Year.”

Aside from law enforcement, Sheriff Israel is committed to community and public service endeavors. He is a high school football coach and a past recipient of the prestigious “Brian Piccolo Coach of the Year Award” for his life’s work in youth athletics.

Scott Israel is a member of the National and Florida Sheriff’s Association, Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force and Violent Crime and Drug Control Council. In 2013, he was honored as the “Man of the Year” by the Shomrim Society and “Democrat of the Year” from the Broward County Democratic Party.

Scott Israel holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Cortland State University and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy. He and his wife Susan are the proud parents of triplets Brett, Blake and Blair. The Israel family resides in Parkland, Florida.