Opa-locka has a new police chief and it’s former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. — Former Broward sheriff Scott Israel was named Opa-locka city chief of police at a news conference on Friday.

Israel was removed from office by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis because the Broward Sheriff’s Office responded to the February 14, 2018 Parkland school shooting that killed 17 and wounded 17 others.

Last May, Israel was hired by the Davie Police Department as a traffic cop, which resulted in him checking the city’s five red light cameras and appearing in court if anyone challenged a speeding ticket.

Israel attempted to retake its seat in the primary, but lost to DeSantis-appointed Gregory Tony, who replaced Israel.

Tony won his first election in November 2020 to continue serving as Broward County Sheriff.

“It’s a real honor. The Bible tells us that with authority comes responsibility and I very much look forward to the opportunity to become a team with the citizens of Opa-locka,” Israel said during Friday’s press conference.


Israel will oversee a much smaller squad. The 4.1-square-mile Miami-Dade County Police Department has 54 sworn agencies and 10 civilian employees. BSO’s numbers stand at 5,400 sworn and support staff, according to its website.

(This is an evolving story. Stay tuned to Local 10 and for updates.)

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