“I will work towards a Broward public safety system that works for everyone."

Vote Andrew Smalling for Broward Sheriff

Most Qualified for Broward Sheriff in 2020

As  Sheriff of Broward County, Andrew Smalling will lead an agency of public safety professionals who provide exceptionally respectful service to the communities it serves.

Andrew has a wide range of military, law enforcement and executive leadership experience. His skills range from intelligence analysis to school safety. He has led and supervised investigations into organized crime, and police misconduct. This experience, in addition to his time spent as a board member of the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, has given Andrew a first-hand and unique understanding of policing throughout the county.  He is a graduate of the 238th Session of the FBI National Academy, as well as a graduate of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Center for Advanced Criminal Justice Studies Executive Leadership Program.

Andrew was born in Jamaica, W.I., and emigrated to the United States at the age of 8. He grew up with loving, working-class parents in the Bronx, New York. His father is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Andrew attended public elementary, middle and high school in NY. After graduation from high school he attended college at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Communications in 1985. He later earned his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Lynn University.




In 1986, after graduating from college, he joined the United States Marine Corps and began his decade-long career as a military intelligence officer. While in the Marine Corps, Andrew participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and received the National Defense Service Medal. He served with Joint Task Force 4 in Key West, Florida as a reserve officer from 1991 to 1996. In 1996 he received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps after attaining the rank of Major.

In 1991, he joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) as a Deputy Sheriff and served twenty years. While with BSO, Andrew rose to the rank of District Chief for the City of Lauderdale Lakes. He retired in 2011 as the acting Major supervising the North area which consisted of the cities of Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Tamarac, Deerfield Beach, and Parkland. While at BSO, Andrew earned a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lynn University.

Shortly after leaving BSO, Andrew was appointed as Chief of Police in the City of Lauderhill and served the city from 2011 until 2015. As Chief of Police, he established a community policing philosophy through a multi-faceted approach which included utilizing officers on bicycle and foot patrols, balancing community liaison officers with assertive law enforcement and creating a Strategic Enforcement Team to focus on crime involving illicit drugs and violent gangs. This resulted in a significant multi-year reduction in drug-related and violent crimes in the city.

Andrew is married to Pauline and has two children, Matthew and Stephanie.