A Message from Sheriff Gregory Tony:
Heather Echaniz, a job developer for the Broward Sheriff’s Office Day Reporting and Reentry Division (DRRD), remembers all the former inmates she has helped, but one client stands out.
When she worked with the client, he was recovering from alcohol addiction and needed a job. This assignment was especially challenging because he was on the verge of relapsing. Nevertheless, Heather persisted. With her help, the client successfully fought his addiction and found suitable employment. His employer was so impressed with the quality of his work they returned to DRRD to find additional employees.
Heather works every day with a diverse group of clients, all with different needs, strengths, and struggles. With her support, she works toward leading them down the path of success. “Many people do not realize how much getting a job means for these individuals,” Heather said. “Making a difference in their lives truly makes a difference in mine.”
Each year, thousands of inmates held in prison facilities throughout the state return to Broward County, and nearly 62 percent commit new crimes within three years of being released.
BSO’s DRRD is working toward changing that statistic by providing the reintegration support needed to succeed during the transition. The program is also designed to assist individuals within the Broward County jail system with community reentry. The program begins during an individual’s sentence and includes an individual case plan.
Upon release, the program focuses on removing the barriers to successful reentry and provides the support needed to restructure their lives and become self-sufficient.
The work Heather and the rest of the DRRD division does not only reduce crime; it provides hope and support for individuals trying to reenter society and reclaim their lives.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, it is an honor to highlight Heather’s great work. She is one of the many strong, compassionate, and dedicated women of BSO who lead, protect and serve this community every day. Thank you for making Broward County a better place to call home.
Service Equals Reward
Sheriff Gregory Tony
Certain Broward cities like Coconut Creek, Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Plantation, Davie, Margate, Miramar, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, and Coral Springs maintain their own police departments; however, BSO does provide communications and dispatch services to the following cities: Central Broward, Cooper City, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, West Park, Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Tamarac, Weston and unincorporated West Broward.
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