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Broward County Commission to hold shade meeting on security



The Broward County Commission will hold a shade meeting to discuss security at county locations on Tuesday.

The meeting notice doesn't provide any details about which county locations will be discussed but security is a hot topic at two county locations: the courthouse and the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel will attend the meeting with county commissioners. Governmental bodies are allowed to hold closed-door meetings about security.

In July 2016, an inmate escaped the Broward County courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. A Sun Sentinel review of internal investigations of the Broward Sheriff's Office found that the inmate took advantage of security flaws to escape. The escape added fire to the ongoing fight between the Broward Sheriff's Office and the county about security at the courthouse, including the new courthouse which opened months later. 

A Jan. 6 mass shooting at the airport which left five people dead has also led to a fight between BSO and the county about airport security.

The county hired a consultant earlier this year to write a report about the shooting which could lead to security recommendations before the commission sets the annual budget in September. 

The Broward Sheriff's Office released it's own draft report in June about the shooting. That report stated that poor communication by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Broward County Aviation Department, along with other mistakes, led to mass chaos for the estimated 12,000 people trapped at the airport. Airport officials disputed some conclusions in the BSO report. 

It's unclear when the county's report or BSO's final report will be completed.

The SEIU union, which represents many airport workers, released it's own security recommendations Thursday calling for more training for airport workers. 

Esteban Santiago, who was charged in the shooting, is scheduled for trial in January.

This post has been updated to include additional information