Orthodox Jewish police officer is a first in Florida

New North Miami Beach cop is first granted ability to be off for the Sabbath

The North Miami Beach Police Department hired Florida's first Orthodox Jewish police officer.

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The North Miami Beach Police Department has hired Florida’s first Orthodox Jewish police officer to be granted, as a condition of his hiring, the ability to observe the sabbath and not work Friday night or Saturday shifts.

Yehuda Topper, who will be observing Sabbath, was sworn in on Thursday evening at the Senator Gwen Margolis Amphitheatre.

“The Sabbath is the seventh day God rested,” the kippah-wearing officer said about the day of religious observance from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

Yehuda Topper, a former New York Police Department officer, was sworn into the North Miami Beach Police Department on Thursday. (Copyright 2022 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.)

Arthur Sorrey, the city manager, said it was also the first time the department hired an officer who is a practicing Orthodox Jew.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Sorrey said, adding the city has a large Orthodox Jewish community.

Topper served the New York City Police Department for five years and he is looking forward to a long career in North Miami Beach.

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Reporter Rosh Lowe has been covering news for nearly two decades in South Florida. He joined Local 10 in 2021.