Ninety-one members of the Hollywood Police Department got together on Monday night to discuss their ongoing negotiations with the city.
Among the topics was the possibility of merging the ailing department with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The officers voted 89-2 to look into the possibility.
According to a statement issued by the Broward County Police Benevolent Association on Tuesday, police in Hollywood have grown increasingly frustrated with city, feeling undervalued as law enforcement officers. They have always fought to keep the department together, but no longer see a future for them there.
A merger with BSO could offer them pay and benefits that have been stripped from them in Hollywood.
“We have repeatedly attempted to resolve our contract disputes, but the city has been uncooperative so far,” says Jeff Marano, president of the Broward County PBA, which represents Hollywood officers in collective bargaining. “The overwhelming sentiment among
our members is to stay loyal, but it’s becoming clear that their loyalty is not being returned.”
A flyer circulated among the officers shows that the feeling in the department is that the citizens and the city have abandoned them and that the Sheriff’s Office has more to offer.
Monday’s vote allows the PBA to take the initiative in exploring the possibility of a merger between the Hollywood Police Department and BSO.