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"Not Today Buster!": The Senior Sleuth Story
Vern Thornton  More Info

And today Is only Monday: Reflections of Days Past
Vern Thornton  More Info

About the Broward County Sheriff's Office

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has over 6,000 members, including nearly 3,000 deputies and 600 fire personnel. It is a full service law enforcement agency that provides law enforcement services to 14 cities within Broward County as well as the unincorporated areas of the County.  The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is organized into the Department of Law Enforcement, the Department of Detention and Community Control, the Department of Fire Rescue and the Administrative Offices.


The Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s Department of Law Enforcement uniformed patrol serves and “other customary operations, administers special units including the Bomb Squad, the K-9 Unit, School Resource Deputy Unit and the Child Protective Investigations Section,  which investigates allegations of abuse and neglect against Broward County's children.”


Through the Department of Detention and Community Control the Broward County Sheriff’s Office provides typical offender and inmate services as the County level.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, “In October 2003, administration of the county's fire rescue operations was transferred to BSO. The Department of Fire Rescue provides fire suppression, fire protection, emergency medical services and educational programs for most unincorporated areas of Broward County and to several contracted municipalities in Broward County.”




Vern Thornton is a retired Chief Deputy from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. In his retirement he founded Seniors Vs. Crime, in 1989.  Vern Thornton is the author of

Not Today Buster! and And Today is only Monday.


According to the book description of Not Today Buster, it “tells the success story of the Florida Attorney General's Seniors vs. Crime Project and its army of Senior Sleuths. Started in 1989, with but four volunteers located in southeast Florida, the Project now boasts over 1,000 Senior Sleuths and can be found active all over the state.”


According to the book description of And Today is only Monday, “Going back to the 1920s the book follows the life of a man in a small New England town as he gives up a secure government job to become a newspaper reporter, then an editor, with dramatic and often humorous accounts of events of the times. Hoodwinked into a new profession, this time in law enforcement, examine his career in Connecticut and Florida that followed.


His final career takes him to the Florida Attorney General's office where he becomes founder of a nationally acclaimed program. But all is not just work in the life of this man. The second part of the book recalls his various world trips of unusual circumstances and when he meets some of the most fascinating people to be found anywhere.”

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