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Meet the Town of Surfside's New Chief of Police

Chief Torres

Chief Rogelio J. Torres, Jr.'s  passion for law enforcement began as a teenager while participating in the police explorer program. 

Those experiences led him to a nearly 34-year career with the Sunrise Police Department in Broward County. While there, Chief Torres worked his way up the ranks, becoming Deputy Chief of Police in 2018. In this role, Chief Torres managed all aspects of the Police Department, overseeing a staff of 302 personnel and a $49 million budget until his retirement from Sunrise in 2019.

Since 2007, Chief Torres has served as an adjunct instructor at the Broward Police Academy, covering general law enforcement topics, vehicle operations, first aid, and firearms. He is a Subject Matter Expert with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement committee re-writing the Basic Recruit Firearms Curriculum and has been an active member on a number of police-related boards, including the Board of Directors for the Broward Police Benevolent Association.  

Chief Torres holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University. He is a graduate of the 58th Session of the University of Louisville-Southern Police Institute-Command Officers Development Course and the 257th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.

For Chief Torres’ family, public service runs deep. He and his wife have five sons, two of whom are police officers and two who serve as firefighter/paramedics. 

Please join us in welcoming Chief Torres at a special swearing-in ceremony and meet-and-greet on Tuesday, January 11 at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers. You can also meet Chief Torres at the next Coffee with the Cops on Thursday, January 27 at the Surfside Starbucks at 10 a.m.