FDLE Investigating Sheriff Over Super Bowl? Good.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating Sheriff Al Lamberti's Super Bowl adventure with his then-15-year-old son, Nick.

Though I think there are far more important matters to investigate, this is a good thing.

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Lamberti kicks back on his radio show with Sun-Sentinel political reporter Anthony Man
Remember that the Lamberti Super Bowl story was broken here on January 3 with a document showing that Nick Lamberti had been given a BSO employee number and put on BSO's "Credentials Matrix" for the game. It looked bad. South Florida Times' Elgin Jones has investigated the Super Bowl matter, finding more irregularities.

Lamberti has since claimed that he and his son worked the entire time and didn't even watch the Super Bowl. I opined here that if this is true, it's a dead issue. It amounts to a sheriff letting his kid tag along on a big detail to see how he does his job.

Poor judgment? Yes.

A crime of corruption? I would submit that the personal benefit in this equation is negligible and that no jury would ever convict under those circumstances.

Had Nick watched the Super Bowl in a skybox and hung out with Peyton Manning, well, that would have been a whole different ball game.

But this is something that demands an investigation nonetheless. There are other questions here involving Super Bowl pay for some select BSO officials as well that may be far more significant. FDLE and Assistant State Attorney Dave Schulson need to get to the bottom of it.

Just don't let it get too much in the way of your other important work.


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Nowbot
Nowbot

Here's the deal. They investigate this "non issue" find it was at worst "poor judgement" and he says "sorry"...everyone feels it was a waste of time and taxpayer monies for the investigation and actually will seem like a "witch hunt"...and in the minds of the taxpayers will seem like we are "picking" on the sheriff and he will have the sympathy card to play when and if any REAL issues are investigated.

Indianaone
Indianaone

Hey Broward Co.----- Seems you have alot of bad apples in the barrel.Get the criminals that are running your community out office! It also seems that many people besides Sheriff Lamberti are hooked up down there. School Board members, City Council members, bad attns. like Rothstein & Adler & Partners, Judges like Larry Seidlin. the list goes on and on. Aren't many of the crooks down there "PALS". BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER. I love Ft.Lauderdale, Keep going after the bad guys Bob.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

You're post is absolutely correct. It is well reasoned intelligent posts like these that provide a good barometer of the "pulse" of the situation.

Those of you who are here "Astroturfing" (from both sides) read the above post.

I miss courthouse mouse too.

skydove
skydove

Given the impunity-saturated environment at BSO, as at the school board and elsewhere in the county and city, it's not surprising that Lamberti's son was improperly credentialed. It's sad, though, that alternative ways of giving the kid a leg up on his LE career weren't thought of. That very long source that Christy linked to and jad read and fed pertinent parts of to us would have been a good place to start. ("It's not just about crowd control at a football game, son. Even though of course we hope nothing will happen, there are many very serious considerations. &c&c&c") Maybe the sheriff could have arranged for the kid to watch the fast-roping practice sessions in the stadium. & then stay home and watch the game like millions of others.

Truth Sayer
Truth Sayer

This man is a disgrace to Broward County. He has a set of rules that apply to him and his henchmen and hangs employee's by the testicles any chance he / they get.

This has to be the end of the road for this appointed POS! Resign Lamberti, you are a disgrace!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Tell Lamberti we'll give Nick up for Benjamin and Wheeler. Therefore saving his sorry ass and putting the true criminals if not in jail, at least out of work.

Guest
Guest

Good Morning Al!In this case I'm giving the benefit of the doubt to Al Lamberti. In my opinion there was no malice or criminal intent indended. Just the Sheriff having the opportunity to bring his son along to the big event. In hindsight it was wrong to create documents for the son. I think it will not happen again and there are alot more horrible things going on here in Broward County and the BSO(Like removing Benjamin "The Bag Man")that deserve investigation.Have a Great Day! “Men trip not on mountains, they trip on molehills” Chinese Proverb

jad
jad

Christy -- That last link was to a brochure (that had been prepared in March of 2007), titled “Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement.” The COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program of the U.S. Department of Justice has been credited with this manual.

On pages xi & xii, under the heading of “Responsibility Areas,” numbered section (6) titled “Credentialing,” contained a paragraph that reads as “A credential (unlike a ticket) identifies specific individuals who are allowed access to a venue for a purpose. Expenses associated with credentialing (background checks, production costs for “high tech” badges) may result in cutting corners. Sophisticated badge-making equipment and software involves placing holographs on badges, making them difficult to counterfeit. More commonly, numerical and/or color codes are used to indicate perimeter access, personnel functions, permission to carry service weapons, etc. In the future, event badges may include biometric identification and bar coding. A checklist of considerations for credentialing is included in the guidelines report. This important function begins early in the planning phase and continues after the event. It includes obtaining adequate funding for event planning, training, payment of overtime, purchase of equipment and supplies, etc.; identifying, handling, and coordinating the needs of each subcommittee; ordering, leasing, and/or borrowing equipment; and many other details.”

On page xxiii, the Table of Contents lists “Credentialing” under “Discussion of Major Special Event Security Key Functional Areas” to be located at page 46.

On page 46, under “Credentialing” is the topic “The Key Questions to Ask,” which key questions are listed as:

Do we have a plan and process to produce credentials for the special event?

Do we have adequate technology to produce credentials?

Do we have the required personnel contact information in a database to produce credentials?

If we don’t have the capacity to produce credentials in-house, what agency can we partner with to help us?

On page 47, the topic of “Some tips and considerations for credentialing at special events include” the following:

Provide adequate information on badges to verify the identity of wearers and their level of access.

Make codes easy for security personnel to interpret.

Include enough security features to prevent counterfeiting and assist in credential verification.

Who will get credentialed?

Which credentialed personnel require police background records checks?

Who will conduct the records checks?

What criteria will be used to exclude people from receiving badges?

Who will handle credential production?

How will credentials be distributed?

Where will the credentialing center be located (must be open prior to and during event)?

The subject matter of pages 46 & 47 present “Credentialing” as:

The Secret Service notes the following in its training regarding the mission of major events credentialing:

The mission of major events credentialing is to design and produce badge identification to ensure the greatest possible level of security for personnel and property, and to enhance the ability of law enforcement to control access to secure areas, facilities, and events.

Because proper credentialing can be very expensive, some special event organizers cut corners on this task. They sometimes don’t conduct proper background checks on personnel and don’t invest in badges that can’t be counterfeited.

The Secret Service stresses the difference between a “credential” and a “ticket.” A credential identifies specific individuals who are allowed access to a venue for a purpose. A ticket is issued to spectators or the general public. Security staff should not confuse the two. A ticket to enter an event is not a credential—you cannot assume that someone with a ticket has been vetted for security purposes.

Badges are typically color-coded to show perimeter access. For example, referring back to Exhibit 2, a purple badge may allow access to the middle perimeter and red allows access to the inner perimeter. All security personnel should receive briefing packets that show the badge colors and explain the access codes. For most major special events, photo identification is also part of the badge. Color-coding might also be used to designate functions of personnel: blue equals law enforcement, green for government staff, orange for VIPs and dignitaries, etc.

Using credentials also allows security planners to create zones within perimeters. In other words, security can allow someone access to the inner perimeter but still restrict them from having access to VIPs, performers, etc. At NASCAR races, some people are issued color-coded credentials that allow them access to the infield, so they can walk around and see the drivers and their RVs; however, they are restricted from actually walking around the “pits” unless they have a special badge.

Badges can also identify who is law enforcement, who is allowed to carry a firearm, who has escort privileges, and more.

The two parts of credentialing that are costly are doing background checks on personnel who are issued badges and badge technology.

Event security planners may need to run background checks (at a minimum, National Crime Information Center (NCIC) checks) on some people being granted inner perimeter access depending on the nature of the event and the VIPs in attendance (political figures, foreign heads of state, etc.). For example, if an event is held in a hotel, can hotel management verify that they have had local law enforcement run a background check on a waiter with inner perimeter access? Has the waiter worked for the hotel for many years? If the waiter is new and no background check was done, security staff should conduct one if that person will be given a badge to the inner perimeter.

The technology involves cameras to take photo identification, computers to store contact information, and badge-making equipment. Sophisticated badge-making equipment and software involves placing holographs on the badges so that they are difficult to counterfeit. In the future, event badges may also include some biometric identification and bar coding.

Page 63 starts the publication about “Training” which proceeds to page 66, and it is very interesting. It seems that there is an assumption that all credentialed members of the security team have received some form of specialized training in preparation for the major event.

Page 79 has briefs on subjects, such as “Field Supervision” & “Access Control.”

“Field Supervision” is described as “During special events, the security director needs to especially monitor all field activities, which is the line of defense where people intent on defeating security will come in contact with security forces. The most important personnel in ensuring the implementation fidelity for the security plan are the field commanders and supervisors. Selecting highly competent, experienced, and professional field commanders and supervisors is the key to implementing event security plans. The security director needs to maintain constant contact with these commanders and supervisors throughout the event to check and monitor security.

Field supervisors should be encouraged to make decisions regarding security issues and problems, in line with the overall operational security plans, at their level. If the problems require management review, supervisors can contact field commanders. Commanders then decide whether the decision is within their scope of authority or refer the decision to the security director. Even if the issue or problem is resolved at lower levels, supervisors and commanders should still notify the central communications command center so that the matter can be recorded. For some key actions (e.g., confrontational situations, any use of force, arrests, injuries to officers, etc.), the security director needs to be notified immediately. The protocol for how and to whom all these issues are communicated should be spelled out in the security operational plan.”

Page 81 has briefs on subjects, such as “Central Communications Command Center” & “Intelligence.”

“Intelligence” is described as “One of the critical parts of managing the operational security event is to continue on with a proactive intelligence function. As discussed in Section 5 on intelligence, obtaining and sharing timely information is critical, especially information that could impact event security. Intelligence units should continue to contact sources during the event and provide regular briefings to staff in the central communications command center.For larger events, intelligence units may also be posted in the field observing event activities, spectators, and others and providing counter surveillance if needed.”________________________________________

After reading & interpreting the manual, it seems that the sheriff may have stepped on some toes, when indiscriminately handing out credentials. Sheriff Lamberti would have or should have known that the top of the command would have been located in Miami-Dade County, because it was that county that had the responsibility for the credential checks -- which they failed at, miserably (thanks to Lamberti’s allowance of duplicity). Apparently, the sheriff has been at the top for so long, at the local level (in Broward County), that he no longer knows how to follow a chain of command, when there is a much larger operating theater in the State of Florida. This does not even address how ridiculous the local sheriff made the Secret Service appear.

There are definitely some jurisdictional issues here. And, Broward County is the inferior in the matter. The sheriff was not the one in command, although he acted as though he were. His brown-nosing sycophants mislead him. This is not just the fault of his boot-lickers. The sheriff has knowingly surrounded himself with these types. Just look at Benjamin & Wheeler. Those 2 acted for the benefit of a convicted racketeer, Scott Rothstein, who pulled off the largest ponzi (money-laundering) scheme in Florida, to date (according to an episode of the nationally broadcast CNBC series of American Greed). The sheriff did not even mete out a punishment when he found out that one of his underlings had gone into a private business venture together with the scamster Rothstein. And, we all know about the avoidance of Customs & Homeland Security with that trip to Morocco.

This sheriff acts as though the laws do not apply to any one he decides he wants to opt out, whether it is himself, a family member, an underling, or other associate. This story is not about a take-your-kid to work day. The sheriff is a public servant, who is the highest in command over thousand of officers & employees. There is a saying that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. What is going to happen when the department realizes all that the boss can get away with and demands some of the same for themselves? What is going to happen in Broward County when the criminals start using the sheriff’s acts and those of his underlings as ways to avoid giving testimony -- claiming the department is severely tainted and would not know the difference between perjured testimony from that truthfully given?

The sheriff has to admit that the trouble does not lie with his son. The trouble lies with himself. This was no small decision that should have no consequences. We have men & women in battle in wars around the globe. I don’t think that they are fighting to come back to a locale where there is such a planted aristocracy that acts of endangerment over the citizenry can be made with impunity. He has to man-up and admit the severity of his lapses in judgment. He should also ask those at FDLE, Homeland Security, the Secret Service, and Miami-Dade County if his breach of the rules should require him to step down.

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

whos the one beats the woman and theyr r her kids?

TwoCents
TwoCents

It seems like it was blown off by the ranks until the NFL found out about it then poof, investigation.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

First off nobody has said Lamberti falsified any document. At best Schnackengerg did. Secondly, I am certain there is going to be some legal debate as to wheter the document in question meets the legal definition of an "official record." That part is not a slam dunk.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Off topic but a great sign of Ari Porth. He is sponsoring a bill to eliminate minimum mandatories for non violent drug offenses. I dont know him, but finally some common sense legislating. He can never win... He seems honest and rational.

BumFarto
BumFarto

Another analysis: There is a (remote) chance that the Super Bowl will subject to a terrorist threat or even attack. What is the rational staging area for law enforcement leadership? At the very center of the target? Or at a remote and safe location? The fact that the Sheriff was on the scene and, thus, would have been risking his son's life, had there been any real danger, suggests to me that the guys went down to watch the game on the company dime. In another context, my father did the same for me many times, although my name never appeared in the case record. That somebody at BSO lied on a form, for whatever reason, only means that the next time I am on a jury, the credibility of BSO will be equal to that of the defendant, in short, I'll assume both are liars. Given that old standart of proof thingy (beyond a reasonable doubt), I could not vote for guilty verdict for any defendant because the police are not trustworthy. Isn't that a wonderful thing for law enforcement to have achieved?

Bum (Them-was-Cuban-Cigars) Farto

Christy
Christy

I am missing football season and it's only February.

Christy BSO0000

Louis Winthorpe III
Louis Winthorpe III

If I had heard Lamberti had NOT taken his 15 year old son to the Super Bowl, I would have contacted the Department of Children and Families and turned his ass in ! He would then qualify for the (now defunct, thank God) WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD award from our old friend, Keith Obberman.

ReplenishlyDeadNorm
ReplenishlyDeadNorm

I agree with ya Pulp, much to do about nutin'....however, as long as an investigation is active, no one can comment on it, huuuummmmmmmmmm, think of the Rothstein stuff, wow, he gets arrested, sentenced and is serving time, yet SO still has pending investigations???????? Listen, the sheriff should not be an elected position, period, end of story. However, who's gonna appoint 'em? The county commissioners????? That's a laugh, how does the sheriff investigate his bosses? Ya never hear of Miami-Dade having an issue with their Sheriff, that's cause he's the " Director". As such the guy don't need to politic, don't need to go out and "press da flesh", don't need to go after contract cities. In the same regard, you would have a school board-superintendent situation and we all know how that is working out. See to be elected in this or any other place, NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE is needed, no special skills, no training, no formal education, we elect fuckin morons, folks that could not find their own assholes with a flashlight, map and both hands. If it weren't for their husbands/lobbyist/developers pizzing in their ears about what to do or say these retards couldn't find their way to the office. It is a shame, di was a beautiful place, I mean...really look at the elected officials in this county! Gallagher? other then a fuckin' double wide ass/nose what did she bring???? Eggy? a fuckin Barry White song, " Be my baby, baby and let me make you a baby, baby", Ken Felon, Patti in Tamarac, Lil M, Crazy Ed, Diane....wow, I gotta stop, I'm gettin depressed......Wasserman-Rubin, Kraft ( both ) Ritter, Liberman......holy shit, I threw up in my mouth!!!!!!!!! BTW the CNBC show sucked, bunch of fuckin lawyers doin their best Snidely Whiplash impersonations, I mean, I looked up sleazebag in the dictionary and their photos were used as the example! I thought the shot Nurik gave you was bush league and told me, you got/get to him, you pushed his buttons, Pulp 1,Nurik0.

Louis Winthorpe III
Louis Winthorpe III

I'd prefer to put up with all this public scrutinty and bullshit than to endure the rath of my wife for not getting my 15 year old son into a Super Bowl game.There was no crime here. The good people of Broward were not deprived of anything. This is NOT corruption. As far a the documents--- Who gives a shit ?

Garfish
Garfish

I was discussing this with a friend who works for Internal Affairs with a South Florida Police Department, and he (as you would expect him to say) is that falsifying a document (as you have produced evidence of) is wrong. It is absolutely Official Misconduct if proven. If Lamberti had simply asked the NFL to allow him to bring his son and they had consented and he didn't file the proper paperwork in terms of receiving a gift, that wouldn't be as bad as falsifying a document to sneak your son in. And then the Sheriff wants us to believe that he went through all the trouble of falsifying a document just so his son could stand out in the stadium parking lot??? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Lamberti did come clean. He said he took his kid, they stayed in the command center and he's not apoologizing for it.

I do believe that to be plausible. Especially since Lamberti said his son is has an interest in LE. The kid walking around every LE Leader from every major place he'd want to work saying hi, shaking his hand. The kid probably loved that. All of the BSO people kissing his ass trying to get him to put in a good word with daddy.

It does make me wonder about the credentials Nick had at the BCS game though. Where he was photographed in a skybox with SR.

I just hope everyone knows most of the "leaks" and comments calling for Lamberti's head have less to do with corruption and more to do with elections. So tonight when you say your prayers, ask for a change to the charter that makes the Sheriff (lifetime like Miami-Dade)appointed rather then elected or instead a viable candidate not name Isreal, Granteed, or Lamberti.

Guest
Guest

Tat was GOOD MORNING ALL

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

this is being blown up, not by the NFL, MDPD, Secret Service or anything like that. It is being blown up by a few Ex BSO Employees who were fired by Lamberti and a guy who lost an election and wants to win the next one. This also has the fingerprints of a formally federally indicted BSO Captain all over it.

Christy
Christy

Schnacen might have written the false documents but Lamberti Ok'd them by taking his son and allowing him to wear the false security ID.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Ari has been a great legislator for my District and he will be a GREAT County Commissioner!!

Christy
Christy

I agree. Lamberti's actions of deception by securing Jr. a pass with false BSO credentials is a fraud. If Lamberti had taken Jr. along without the false credentialsI would be OK with that. I do not like the falsification. I was working th other day and asked for identification. A man showed me his liscense with a police badge under it, a quick flash. When I asked him what the credential was he said his dad is a police officer.Yet Jr. had the badge. For a quick flash to me of "Power" if I had not asked I would have assumed this young man was an officer. Just another example of fraud IMHO.

Linda
Linda

You are nothing but a pea brain!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

The Super Bowl is on Sunday. Haven't you heard? DCF doesn't work on weekends.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

That would be PATTE in Tamarac, Not Patti

Guest
Guest

I agree. In hindsight he should have not manipulated the records. but so what. Don't waste time and money investigating this non-issue. Let the Sheriff do his job and let's all move on.

Mike
Mike

I could care less about the politics that you always seem to be interjecting into this story.

This is about ELECTED OFFICIAL using his position for personal gain. I do not give a fuck if he brought his dying mother to the game, it was and still is WRONG.

But in Broward Town it is business as usual so I can understand why you support his actions. Must be POLITICAL.

Anthony Casso
Anthony Casso

No it is not. I am not any of those people you just described and I do know who you are referring to. I am simply one of those regular people who knows AL better than you do and am outraged at the depth of his corruption and his continuing demonstration of inept and immoral administration. You seem like a sharp guy and probably a BSO lower level employee - OK. But relativity when discussing wrongdoing is not the solution. Wrong is wrong. AL is wrong to the soles of his feet.

Christy
Christy

Pulp shed light on this.

TwoCents
TwoCents

I guess the lesson there would be karma is a bitch.

Dustin Mifartz
Dustin Mifartz

You are right.It's OK for the sheriff to falsify some official records.How many do you think is OK?1, 7, 673?When you come up with a number, let us all know and we will hold him to it,

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Weekend at Bernies III.....at the Super Bowl. I'll start on the screenplay immediately.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

How exactly am I supporting Lamberti's actions? Read my post. See that's why it is so hard when you have an INDEPENDENT mind. I call the bullshit on both sides. So both sides attack me. Its laughable really. I actually post the statute violated and how it was violated and I'm a shill for Lamberti.

My guess is your name is Scott, Russ, Jon, Ron, or Dan but it doesn't matter. Keep grinding away at that ax.

parkland man
parkland man

Hey mike how many DUI's do you have that your so bitter at the cops,or were you a person at the pill mills and lost some money,or do they have a restraining order against you for beating your wife,come on man! the super bowl is over raided,its no big deal.now you can get pissed off at lawyers that will rob your dieing mother,stealing from everybody,but down here there loosing there mo jo and shiting in there pants waiting to get locked up,and go to jail were they belong.its going to be a claen sweep coming soon,need a rabbi lol

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

@ Anthony, I have known Lamberti since the Deerfield merger. So I am not sure how much better you know him than I, I bow to your better knowledge. Everyone that knows Lamberti (and has for years) knows that he is not corrupt.

A bad Sheriff? I'd agree. Why because he used poor judgment. He is trying hard to be a politician instead of being a cop. Cops make bad politicians. He is listening to the wrong people. His first acts as Sheriff, including promoting Benji were disasterous.

You're kind of right. I WAS a lower level BSO employee, but I worked in specialized units (SET, training, district CI, and Downtown CI) for most of my career.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

2 of the guys that were fired lost in arbitration, 1 got his job back. How bad do you have to fuck up to lose at Arbitration?

Well a guy who was awaiting trial for 30 felonies won his job back in arbitration. I don't think it is karmatic. If an arbitrator didn't reinstate them, they deserved to be fired.

Guest
Guest

It is wrong to do in the true sense, however put in perspective, and I'm looking at the whole picture, he had the opportunity to have his son go to the Super Bowl because he's the Sheriff of Broward County, Wrong to manipulate the documents yes. In this case I don't think it should be a capital offense. Don't waste time and money.

unowho
unowho

Virgie I have Parkland man enrolled at the Jethro Bodine Academy ..." MM3 is our mentor" please do not disrupt my student !!! PS... And I do work weekends

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

What the hell is wrong with you? You forgot to call him a jew.

You're slipping Parkland, you're slipping.

Linda
Linda

I still think you're an illiterate ignorant SLUG!

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