In honor of Women’s History Month, the Broward Sherriff’s Office celebrated female spiritual leaders at the agency’s first-ever Women’s Clergy Appreciation Breakfast on March 8. Presented by BSO’s Chaplain’s Office and hosted at the Urban League of Broward County, the ceremony featured live jazz, a breakfast buffet and passionate speeches from women grounded in their faith and committed to improving their communities. Sheriff Scott Israel applauded the women clergy’s work to help those in need in Broward County. “Women are the fiber of the community. They remind our youth of their potential,” he said. The celebration was attended by nearly 100 local leaders of all faiths.
Attendees also heard from women who tirelessly work with inmates to help them realize the good they have to offer. The speakers were BSO Captain Josefa Benjamin, who manages the Paul Rein Detention Facility; Madeline Kline, who coordinates Calvary Chapel’s prison ministry for women; and Dr. Janice Dillard, pastor of Revival Faith Center Ministries.
“I felt inspired to see our law enforcement leaders recognize the importance of faith, and I would recommend that more women join the [BSO] Chaplain’s Office and get involved,” said Rebeca Segebre, an advocate for orphans.