About Gregory Tony
Sheriff Gregory Tony’s Lifelong Commitment
Democratic Sheriff Gregory Tony is an experienced law enforcement officer who has dedicated his career to serving the community and advancing public safety measures focusing on training and inclusion. As the 17th Broward Sheriff’s Office sheriff and the first African American to serve in this capacity, Sheriff Tony brings a wealth of experience from his law enforcement career and managing his private business with the goal of providing active shooter and mass casualty training.
Sheriff Tony has the experience and extensive background necessary to lead the Broward Sheriff’s Office effectively.
He is focused on renewing BSO deputies’ commitment to always protect the security and safety of the Broward County community, holding themselves at the highest standards of professionalism and accountability. In his efforts to revamp BSO, Sheriff Tony has unveiled a state-of-the-art Real Time Crime Center, modified active shooter policies, increased community policing, and established training partnerships with federal agencies. Additionally, BSO is now building a $30 million Broward Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Center, which is being funded with the existing budget.
Growing up in inner-city Philadelphia, Sheriff Tony learned from an early age the determination and selflessness that is needed to be an effective police officer.
He experienced firsthand the prejudices that exist between minority youth and law enforcement, and the difference that must be made in order to change the negative perceptions. Sheriff Tony established his home in the Sunshine State when he moved to Florida to play football at Florida State University under the leadership of legendary coach Bobby Bowden. He graduated from FSU with a degree in Criminology, and later received a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University. As an adjunct professor for the past eight years, Sheriff Tony understands the importance of mentoring the next generations that are interested in criminal justice.
Sheriff Tony’s passion for public safety has guided him throughout his career in law enforcement.
Initially, with the Coral Springs Police Department, where he served on the SWAT team and rose to the rank of sergeant, also working in narcotics investigation, burglary apprehension, street intelligence and field force. Later, too aware of the numerous active shooter and mass bombing tragedies occurring throughout the country and around the world, Sheriff Tony focused on running his security firm specializing in precise training and providing threat assessments for both public and private sector entities. The training platform developed is currently being used by thousands of people across the world and as Sheriff, he pledges to educate all Broward County schools and implement this life-saving training.
Sheriff Tony is happily married to his wife of 13 years, Holly, a registered nurse, and they reside in Coral Springs.