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Anthony W. Rosa is the commanding officer of the police department and the final authority concerning operational issues. He is a charter officer and reports directly to the Mayor and City Commission. He works closely with the City Manager to further departmental goals. He also works closely with other City directors and elected officials to ensure that quality services are delivered to the community on a daily basis. Chief Rosa believes in making the Sunrise Police Department the very best... utilizing technology, accountability, and participative management.

Chief Rosa PicturesBiography of Chief Rosa

Chief Anthony W. Rosa began his professional career in 1990 by honorably serving our nation with the United States Marine Corps. Upon completion of his military duties, Chief Rosa became a police officer at the Daytona Beach Police Department. In 1997, he relocated to South Florida and became a member of the Sunrise Police Department. Chief Rosa served as a patrol officer until quickly transitioning to Detective, at which time he honed in on his investigative skills. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as a first-line supervisor for the Uniform Services Division. During this time, Chief Rosa was the Executive Officer of the Department’s Honor Guard Unit and was tasked with creating and commanding the Agency’s first Mobile Field Force Unit.  

In 2008, Chief Rosa was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he commanded a Road Patrol Platoon until being assigned to the Department’s Communications Division. While serving in this capacity, Chief Rosa became a subject matter expert in the area of Public Safety Communication Operations. Chief Rosa continues to contribute his expertise to improving communications across the County as a member of the Operational Review Team for the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association. As a reflection of his outstanding work, Chief Rosa was promoted to Captain in 2014 and assigned to oversee the Administrative Services Division and assist with integrating his strong basis of knowledge into the Department’s operational strategies. In January of 2015, he was assigned to the Uniform Division where he oversaw the daily operations of the Uniform Services Division. 

In October 2015, Chief Rosa was promoted to the rank of Major and was reassigned to the Administrative Services Division. His responsibilities comprised of managing the Department’s budget and overseeing the critical units assigned to this Division, which included Information Technology, Personnel, Training, Payroll, Research and Planning, Accreditation, Records, and Logistics. During his tenure with the Agency, Chief Rosa earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Homeland Security and attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Session 266, Executive Management Training.

After a lengthy selection process, Chief Rosa was chosen to take over for former Police Chief John E. Brooks upon his retirement in January 2018. Today he serves as Chief of Police where he spends much of his time providing leadership, developing community engagement strategies and identifying innovative ways to prevent and combat crimes that threaten the quality of life of our residents. He continues to maintain transparency within the agency and provides an open and honest line of communication to ensure the best service for the community.