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Robert Drago, President
As a Chairperson and member of the Discipline Review Board, I reviewed a wide range of police misconduct allegations and issued discipline recommendations in accordance with standing agency policies. In addition, I have been the lead investigator and finder of fact in a plethora of misconduct allegations in all areas of law enforcement to include use of force, police pursuits, traffic stops, sexual battery and perjury. I have been the commanding officer on fatal police shootings and have testified in court on a high profile fatal police shooting. In response to my experience with police misconduct and labor union’s responses to such allegations, I developed and instituted a real-time evaluation system to document police behavior as it occurs. The system became known as the Command and Supervisor Personnel Evaluation Report (CASPER) and was initiated in thirteen (13) city districts in the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
As a first line Police Supervisor, I managed or directed a training unit, patrol shifts, street enforcement teams, community policing units and the career criminal unit. I obtained firsthand experience based on thousands of arrests, spanning from violent crimes to include homicide, robbery, domestic violence, stalking, and aggravated fleeing, to non-violent crimes, such as narcotics and vice offenses.
In my role as a Patrol Officer and Detective, I was involved in thousands of hands-on physical arrests, both on the city streets and waterways. This includes both uniform and plainclothes arrests encompassing violent subjects of sexual battery, robbery, narcotics and vice. In addition, as a Patrol Officer, I have direct experience in crowd control management at events that exceeded thousands of attendees. I have performed countless vehicle and water vessel traffic stops and issued citations.
During my career, I attained a significant amount of experience in police officer involved shootings, as both a police officer in the field with first hand involvement and as a line supervisor. I have provided and counseled officers after a shooting, as part of critical debriefing. In addition to criminal suspects I have experience with addressing and disarming mentally disturbed and suicidal suspects, who were threatening deadly force.
As a Florida Certified Police Instructor, I have trained hundreds of police officers in use of force tactics and techniques, stalking, narcotics investigation, patrol procedures, workplace violence, human diversity and community policing.
One example of a use of force training program I developed was a “Women Only” self-defense course. This course not only received high accolades from the public, but was recognized in the media as a bellwether for police community relations due to the positive effects it had on the community.
Over 38 years of frontline law enforcement experience has provided me with expertise in the following:
Police Practices and Training
Use of Force
Police Organization and Management
Officer Involved Shootings
Less than Lethal Weapons
I am a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. My law enforcement career spanned 38 years with the City of Pompano Beach and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, before retiring in 2017. My career in law enforcement provides me with a thorough knowledge of a cross section of law enforcement functions. I have held command positions, as well as performed the function and duties in patrol, investigations, training and policy formation. In addition, I have chaired or participated in committees that formulate law enforcement policy to include high liability policies, such as use of force, de-escalation and police vehicle pursuits. I also possess extensive training experience to include course development, which has been previewed and recognized by the Miami Herald.