Six South Florida law enforcement officers graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
The FBI’s Miami Division made the announcement in a news release dated Dec. 16. The officers are: Major Pedro Abut, Hallandale Beach Police Department, Deputy Chief Shawn E. Backer, Coral Springs Police Department, Captain Sean T. Brandenburg, Key West Police Department, Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. DiMaggio, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Major Victor M. London, Fort Lauderdale Police Department and Major Tony W. Rosa, Sunrise Police Department.
The officers, hand-picked by their departments, completed a 10-week training course dealing with law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication and health and fitness. They now enter an elite group made up of less than one percent of the nation’s law enforcement officers.
In other police news, Rick Maglione, Assistant Chief of the Investigations Bureau, was promoted to interim Chief of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Maglione, 48, has been with Fort Lauderdale PD since 1992. He replaces Frank Adderly, who is leaving the department on Dec. 31.
Elsewhere, the inauguration of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Faith Center in Sunrise. In November’s general election, Israel received 571,044 votes (72 percent), easily defeating his Republican challenger Santiago Vazquez who received 216,321 votes (27 percent.)
“We got 25,000 more votes than Hillary Clinton did in Broward County,” Israel said in a Dec. 5 speech to the Palm Aire-Cypress Bend Democratic Club. “That’s an amazing feat for our team and our people.”
Israel credits his re-election to the implementation of a civil citation program intended to keep young people out of jail and reduce violent crime. In his speech at the Skolnick Center in Pompano Beach, Israel said he hopes to equip all BSO deputies with body cameras.
“Many police officers are going to get cleared of erroneous complaints and that’s the power of the body camera,” Israel said. “Conversely, if a police officer is seen to use excessive force or to utter a racial epithet or an ethic slur, I have the right to discipline that police officer up to and including termination. So we need this information. That’s the importance of body cameras.”