Police Chief's Corner

Operation Front Porch

One way my team will look to serve you this upcoming holiday season is through our Operation Front Porch initiative. Operation Front Porch was created in Cooper City in 2020 to help prevent “porch pirates,” who target your holiday packages while you’re not home. Instead of taking these reports and investigating the crime afterwards, my team decided we could offer the local police station as a safe delivery location for your holiday packages. It’s a simple and free service for Cooper City residents, which is being offered from November 20, 2021 thru December 24, 2021:

  •   Register for the program at the district station (10580 Stirling Rd.)
  •   Ship packages to: (Your Name) C/O Broward Sheriff’s Office, Cooper City District
  •   At your convenience, stop by the police station, show your government-issued ID that matches the package recipient with proof of purchase, and we will provide you with your packages (NOTE: The lobby is open 24/7, which makes picking up your packages convenient).


For those who prefer traditional shopping over online purchasing, here are a few safety tips that will help prevent you from being victimized:

  •   When shopping, remember to never leave any bags or merchandise visible in your vehicle. Preferably, store your items in the trunk where coveting eyes won’t see them.
  •   Always remember to lock your vehicle doors and watch for suspicious persons in the parking lots. See something; say something!
  •   If you happen to make any larger purchases – especially of an electronic nature – take time to break down the boxes and don’t leave them out by the trash where curious eyes may see “what” you just placed in your home.

Letters to Santa 

There will be a mailbox in the Broward Sheriff's Office Cooper City District lobby for children to mail their Letters to Santa Claus between Friday, November 26, 2021 and Friday, December 17, 2021.

With the child's letter, please include the home address, parent contact information, and a suggested donation of $20 per child, which will be used to aid in the programs and services of the BSO Cooper City Police Explorers Program. In return, a personalized response letter and a "Santa's Official Nice List" certificate from Santa Claus will be hand delivered by a Police Explorer and a Deputy Sheriff, who will arrive at your residence in a patrol vehicle with activated lights and sirens.

These hand deliveries will be coordinated prior to delivery to ensure someone is home. If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Rick Hodgson at Richard_Hodgson@sheriff.org for assistance.

Thank you for supporting the BSO Cooper City Explorers and happy holidays!

Download a flyer with information.


 

Join the men and women behind the badge in exploring how the Broward Sheriff’s Office serves the community. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is a series of classes designed to provide insight into the agency, promote public safety, and foster relationships with the citizens of our community. Citizens Academy attendees will:

  • Learn about BSO Patrol Services and participate in a ride along in a BSO District
  • Observe demonstrations from K-9, SWAT, and Bomb Squad
  • Tour one of our jails, Communications, and the Crime Lab
  • And much more!

The Citizens Academy is a 14-week program that will be held at the agency’s Public Safety Building located at 2601 W Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 with scheduled off-site sessions. The program will offer a blend of classroom training and hands-on activities from agency instructors, and will be held every Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Click Here to Register for the Citizen's Academy.


Crime / Crash Reduction

  • Did you know on average 9 out of 10 vehicles burglaries are due to unlocked car doors? To combat this trend, the BSO-Cooper City Team wants to encourage residents to participate in our #9PMInitative! Captain De Giovanni and his team launched this initiative back in December of 2020 and have been giving nightly reminders that 9PM should be a time we all: (1) remove belongings from our vehicles; (2) ensure your car doors are locked; (3) turn on exterior lights and motion sensors; (4) take any belongings inside, such as bikes, tools and other valuables. Since this initiative’s inception, burglary conveyances have been down 46% in Cooper City. More progress can be made if we continue working together and reporting suspicious activity. Join the effort!
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Advisory (NHTSA), nearly 10,000 people die from speeding each year. Although traffic crashes are down 29% in Cooper City, the BSO-Cooper City Team is committed to make our streets even safer. For this reason, traffic enforcement is being increased with a new focus on targeting aggressive driving and speeding within the city. Help us keep our streets safe, and avoid receiving a costly traffic citation, by monitoring your speed. You can also partner with us by reporting aggressive drivers to the BSO-Cooper City Team.