Eddison Ricketts, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 53, wrote a letter to embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel recently.
“I want to reassure you that we have complete confidence in your abilities to lead the Broward Sheriff’s Office today and beyond,” Ricketts wrote.
On the other hand, The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association will be taking a no confidence vote against Israel this week.
So the FOP is backing Israel and the deputies’ assoc. is going the other way.
A third police association says it wants to wait until all investigations are completed before taking a stand.
The Broward County Police Benevolent Association says they will wait.
“This is the work of another union and does not represent how the members of the PBA feel,” said Bob Lahiff, director of BSO membership services. “We will let the (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) investigation continue and not jump to judgments, as others have done.”
In summation, there are three different local police advocacy organizations (sometimes called unions) and three different opinions.