On Campus Bach Pads: Broward County Schools’ Best Kept Secret

Photo Illustration by Adam Baron

Photo Illustration by Adam Baron

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Attention all single law enforcement officers: Are you looking for the ultimate bachelor pad? How does rent-free sound? While we’re at it, how about we take care of all of the utilities too? And to sweeten the deal how about we throw in some free amenities like a workout room, pool, showers and tennis courts. Pets welcome!

Sound to good to be true? Welcome to Broward County’s best kept secret, until now.

Broward County Schools little known, yet long running Resident On Campus or ROCS program is the best real estate deal in South Florida and it’s all on the taxpayer’s dime. If you’re one of the lucky officers living in one of these trailers on school campuses across Broward County as part of this program, you may soon be faced with eviction.

Prompted after allegations of a “swingers” party at one of the trailers located on the campus of Nova High School in Davie, concerns have surfaced that law enforcement officers are no longer living alone in the trailers or may have passed them down to their girlfriends. Allegations have also surfaced that one brazen officer allows his dog to frolic in the campus swimming pool.

Broward ROCS

Here is an example of a ROCS trailer located at an unnamed high school in Broward County. There are still 32 schools in Broward County that have these occupied trailers on school campuses.

Created back in the early 1980s, this program allowed residents, retirees, school custodians, along with law enforcement officers to park their trailers in exchange for light security on campus. In the late 1990’s there were 42 ROCS program participants.

Fast forward to today, with the arrival of security cameras and School Resource Officers, the usefulness of the ROCS program has become obsolete, but many trailers are being sold to other law enforcement officers to live in, thus keeping the program going.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate use of facilities,” said Andrew Ladanowski Chair of Broward County Schools Facilities Task Force. “These trailers have taken valuable recreational space, and in some cases, created additional challenges to the facilities department when additional classrooms are required.

According to Major Robert Dinkel with Broward District Schools Police Department, there are still 32 ROC trailers at various locations throughout the district. Both Ladanowski nor Dinkel would give specific locations of the trailers for security measures, however Dinkel did confirm that none of them had ongoing leases.

Kevin Montagna, Deputy Chief with the Coral Springs Police said, “There is an officer who lives at one of the elementary schools in Coral Springs.”  He said that it was the only school in Coral Springs that had this arrangement,  that the Officer on Campus program, that was part of the Broward County School Police Special Investigative Unit, was discontinued several years ago.

The Facilities Task Force will be meeting on November 14, where they are hoping to get answers about the validity of the program.

Said Ladanowski, “The only beneficiary I see, is the freeloader living in these trailers.”

In this unnamed elementary school, the school had to expand their modulars around their trailer.  Therefore they were unable to install a sheltered walkway because the modulars were placed too far from the school.

In this Broward County elementary school, they had to expand their modulars beyond the trailer which is part of the ROCS program. They were unable to install a sheltered walkway because the modulars were placed too far from the school.

This cozy abode was right outside the baseball fields at this large High School in the Western part of Broward. You can even see the Trooper's car parked outside.

This cozy abode was right outside the baseball fields at this large high school in the western part of Broward. You can even see the Trooper’s car parked outside.

 

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident's a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That's why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • Real taxpayer

    Can you say libel? Slander?

  • student at nova high school

    Wow this lady has no life. Why doesn’t she do some real research instead of making this some gossip article and look up the amount of break ins, vandalism, and theft that have been thwarted thanks to these officers stationed on these campuses. Cameras do not aid in the physical capture or response time to local police. Aaron Baron has absolutely no common sense or real data. Sounds like she wishes that she had a live on deal herself.

    • Sherlock

      You are an Idiot and are not a student at Nova. Bravo for giving away your 10-20. No high school kid is going to know all that. Now everyone knows you are the LEO living there. Great job.

  • Le Peerman

    Probably would have been a good idea to ask people who work with the ROCs. Now research how much it costs for false alarms, how much it cost for 4hrs pay for a callout to go to the school, throw in response time for PD, add whether they have a key to the gates and or schools, add in the time it will take them to find the correct building an alarm has gone off. Also research how much money would be spent when a water pipe breaks on Friday night and the school doesn’t know about it until Monday morning, ask the neighbors of school that don’t have ROCs how they like the fire alarm or school bells blaring for hours. Seems to me there is more to just being “freeloaders”.

    • The Sun Sentinel just published a story yesterday, weeks after my story broke. Check it out. Still doesn’t have those details you are looking for but basically, most are in agreement that the program needs to be looked at again. One school didn’t even know they had an officer living on their campus! However, one was have having a good experience with theirs.

  • Tax Payer Near a School

    Its a shame people have the time focus on something so menial I feel its a good for good idea You stay here you keep watch here I know the Officer that lives on the other side of my fence near my school has prevented quite a bit of crime. During and after school. I do understand that there are a few bad apples in the Basket all you need is the proper administration to weed them out not kill a program that has been in effect for over 20 years and has proved its self well. It is very evident that Chaz has a vindictive element behind his motive to the police ( Perhaps to many tickets or his wife ran away with a cop ) and the School Board needs to see that first and can his antics then proceed with a administrative action on the ones who violate the agreement