Former Parkland sheriff to head much smaller police force

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida sheriff ostracized for his agency’s response to the Parkland high school massacre that left 17 dead will return to head a law enforcement agency as police chief of a small town. from South Florida.

Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was named Opa-locka Police Chief in an announcement made by City Manager Darvin Williams at a ceremony Friday. Opa-locka is part of Miami-Dade County.

Williams said the former sheriff will start Monday and will supervise 47 officers. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has about 5,600 employees.

Israel said he was looking forward to serving the people of Opa-locka and thanked God for the opportunity.

“I will not let you down,” Israel said on Friday.

Israel was removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2019, nearly a year after the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, saying the sheriff showed poor leadership and failed to keep children safe. during the mass shooting.

DeSantis appointed Gregory Tony to take over the Broward sheriff’s office. Tony then beat Israel in the 2020 Democratic primary for the job and won the general election.

In 2021, the police department in Davie, Florida, a municipality in Broward County, hired Israel to review five red light cameras and appear in court if someone contested a ticket.

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