Clermont Chief of Police Charles “Chuck” Broadway played collegiate football at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, while earning his BS degree in Business Management. The college athlete chose law enforcement as his career choice and joined the New York City Police Department wanting to make a difference. He moved through the ranks and subsequently was appointed as a New York City detective.
There isn’t much you don’t see in the BIG APPLE, though probably one of the most unforgettably tragic moments in U.S. history was the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. Broadway was one of the responders to assist with the search and recovery efforts.
In 2002, he relocated to Florida to be closer to his family and worked as a detective for the Gainesville Police Department.
In 2004, Broadway continued to advance his career as a special agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigating multi-jurisdictional violent crimes, conducting complex narcotic investigations, human trafficking investigations and gang investigations. He was promoted to a Special Agent Supervisor, overseeing several investigative functions and state initiatives. He later was chosen to oversee the highly regarded Public Integrity Unity at the agency, which encompassed investigations of alleged misconduct of public officials and all Police Officer involved shootings in the Central Florida region.
Broadway joined the Clermont Police Department in 2010 as a Police Captain and was appointed the Chief of Police on December 11, 2012.
This year, Broadway celebrates his 21st year in law enforcement and his mission to make a difference isn’t waning. His positive presence in the community is evident but many may not know that the Clermont Chief holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Black Belt Professor Dave Ogden. He is also a certified defensive tactics instructor for the state of Florida.
At the South Lake Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, held on Friday, August 18, Police Chief Broadway, Professor Dave Ogden and Department Police officers gave a presentation on the art of defense.