Top 10 Straight Allies

Scott Israel

Written by Richard Hack


Broward County Sheriff

Scott Israel was elected as Sheriff of Broward County in 2012, having previously served as the Police Chief of Florida’s North Bay Village.

As Sheriff, Scott Israel has successfully implemented new policies and approaches to public safety that have sharply reduced violent crime and burglary rates. He has worked to combat gun violence and diversified the agency at all levels to better reflect our community. Impressively, in 2014, BSO won the prestigious civil rights award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the homeless outreach program which helps direct our homeless population to the services they need.

His record on LGBT rights is impeccable, having worked steadfastly to improve relations between the gay community and the sheriff’s office. A household name among county Democrats, the sheriff has walked the streets of Wilton Manors in order to keep his finger on the pulse of what city officials, business owners and their LGBT patrons expect from the man entrusted with ensuring public safety. This hands-on approach to engagement has been mirrored internally as well. The command staff that surrounds him includes openly gay and lesbian law enforcement officers and administrators.

“Surround yourself with lions who share the same mission,” said the sheriff, who prides himself on bringing different points of view to the table.

Isreal holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Cortland State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He and his wife Susan are the parents of triplets Brett, Blake and Blair. The Israel family resides in Parkland, Florida.