ASIS Chapter 104
Meet Rick Wierzbicki:
Captain Rick Wierzbicki (Ret) is a 33 year veteran of South Florida Law Enforcement
starting with the Pompano Beach Police Department in 1978 and joining the Wilton
Manors Police Department in 1981. Rick then worked his way up through the ranks to
become Chief of Police in 1999 and retired in 2005.
Upon his first retirement, he was one of the co-founders of U.S. Public Safety
Management, a firm that specialized in Disaster Planning and Emergency
Preparedness, in which he later dissolved his interest after returning to law
In 2007 he accepted a position with the Broward County Sheriff's Office and was later
was appointed by Sheriff Al Lamberti to command the agency's first Hate Crimes/Anti-
Bias Task Force, which later became and continues to be a national model for other
law enforcement agencies to follow. He left the Broward Sheriff’s Office upon Sheriff
Lamberti’s retirement on January 4th, 2013.
Rick has received over 100 commendations in his career along with numerous
awards and sits on several non profit and professional boards.
Rick was the driving force behind BSO and Sheriff Lamberti becoming the only Law
Enforcement Agency/Sheriff in the U.S. to help produce the documentary "Bullied: A
Student, A School and A Case That Made History" in partnership with the Southern
Poverty Law Center. To date, over 85,000 copies of the film have been distributed free
of charge to schools and educators across the globe.
In 2010, Rick and Sheriff Lamberti were the driving law enforcement forces behind
Florida House Bill 11, which added Homelessness to Florida’s Hate Crimes Statue,
despite the exact Bill failing the four previous years. . Governor Crist then signed the
legislation into law in May, 2010, making Florida the second State to do so.
Due to his expertise in Hate Crimes, Anti-Bias Crimes and Crimes against the
Homeless, he was selected to testify by the National Coalition for the Homeless,
Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland and the late Senator Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania
to represent the nations law enforcement community when the U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee on Crime and Drugs held historic hearings on Hate Crimes and Crimes
directed towards our Nations Homeless. He was also selected again to represent
the nation’s law enforcement community before the U.S. House of Representatives
and Co-Chair Congressman Alcee Hastings of Miramar when the House
Subcommittee held Congressional hearings on the same subject matter. The
National Black Caucus of State Legislators chose Rick to address their
membership, again on the topic of Hate Crimes, at their Standing on Common
Rick continues to be a law enforcement commentator for Time Warner, TruTV, and
NPR along with broadcast television and print media outlets. He has also appeared
in three cinema documentaries distributed nationally dealing with Bullying, Bias and
Hate. Rick also conducted interviews for BSO Live and SheriffsTV and was a co host
and guest on Sheriffs Lamberti’s APB Radio Show.
Rick also appears in The Parent Driving Zone, being released in August 2013, which
was produced by professional racings legendary five time sports car champion Andy
Pilgrim and educates children and parents on the deadly problem of distracted
In July 2013, Rick was named Chairperson of the Florida Anti Defamation Leagues
Centennial Excellence in Law Enforcement Awards as the organization celebrates its
100 year anniversary. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institutes Command
Officers Development Course at the University of Louisville and holds a Bachelors of
Science in Criminal Justice.
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