TAMARAC, FL. —– This release is being issued to announce the candidacy of Andrew Smalling for the office of Broward County Sheriff in the 2020 Primary Election on August 25th, 2020.
Mr. Smalling has had a distinguished career in law enforcement. In 1986, after graduating from college, he joined the United States Marine Corps and began his decade-long career as a military intelligence officer. While in the Marine Corps, Smalling participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and received the National Defense Service Medal. He served with Joint Task Force 4 in Key West, Florida as a reserve officer from 1991 to 1996. In 1996 he received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps after attaining the rank of Major.
In 1991, he joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) as a Deputy Sheriff and served twenty years. While with BSO, Andrew rose to the rank of District Chief for the City of Lauderdale Lakes. He retired in 2011 as the acting Major supervising the North area which consisted of the cities of Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Tamarac, Deerfield Beach, and Parkland. While at BSO, Andrew earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lynn University.
Shortly after leaving BSO, Smalling was appointed Chief of Police in the City of Lauderhill and served the city from 2011 until 2015. As Chief of Police, he established a community policing philosophy through a multi-faceted approach which included utilizing officers on bicycle and foot patrols, balancing community liaison officers with assertive law enforcement and creating a Strategic Enforcement Team to focus on crime involving illicit drugs and violent gangs. This resulted in a significant multi-year reduction in drug-related and violent crimes in the city. “I have what it takes to make a positive difference in public safety in this county, and I will work tirelessly towards a justice system that works for everyone,” Smalling said.
Andrew Smalling has a wide range of military, law enforcement and executive leadership experience. His skills range from intelligence analysis to school safety. He has led and supervised investigations into organized crimes and police misconduct. This experience, in addition to his time spent as a board member of the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, has given Smalling a first-hand and unique understanding of policing throughout the county. He is a graduate of the 238th Session of the FBI National Academy, as well as a graduate of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Center for Advanced Criminal Justice Studies Executive Leadership Program.
Smalling’s goal is to improve public safety in Broward County by being sensitive to community needs and fostering a more cohesive relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and the communities it serves. To develop and improve the system and processes that will facilitate greater school safety for the children of Broward County, to focus on the elimination of secondary victimization, to positively impact our jail population and reduce recidivism and to provide for greater transparency and accountability of taxpayer dollars.