Liz Bradshaw has over 17 years of experience working with law enforcement and victims of crime in South Florida for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. As a certified Victim Advocate for the State of Florida and a member of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department’s Special Victims Unit since 1998, Liz has assisted investigators with thousands of cases and victims at both the State and Federal levels. Although cross trained in all types of crimes, Liz’s expertise includes the areas of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and stalking. Liz is an in-service instructor with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and conducts state required domestic violence investigation training for sworn officers. Liz was responsible for establishing and she continues to facilitate the Department’s Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team.
Liz is a member, training facilitator, and the mental health consultant for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department’s Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Team. As such, she is responsible for developing and scheduling training events to enhance the team and negotiator skills as well as writing, critiquing and publishing scenario driven training. Liz is also involved in the research and management of critical/hostage incidents, participating in high level briefings as well as planning, establishing, monitoring policy and procedural changes and concepts within her agency. Participating and providing information for new and advanced negotiation concepts allows her to stay at the forefront of the field. Liz has provided knowledgeable support and guidance during negotiation competitions and brings a systemic intervention perspective and implementation to the negotiation field.
Additionally, Liz develops and provides instruction in the areas of law enforcement peer support and resiliency, combat survival, suicide prevention, new recruit training, and orientation for new Detectives and Sergeants. She provides criminal justice, psychology, and victimology instruction at a variety of venues in local government and private sectors and is considered a subject matter expert in these areas, as noted.
In 2014, Liz was commended by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for her role in the prosecution of multiple defendants in a human trafficking/sexual battery of multiple minor victims’ cases. In 2015, Liz was recognized by the Broward County Victim’s Rights Coalition and also by the Broward County Crime Commission for her work as a Victim Advocate.
Education: Liz received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1996 and her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 1998. As such, Liz meets the FDLE requirement to be an instructor in the State of Florida.
Memberships: Liz is a long term member of the Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Palm Beach Chapter of Marriage & Family Therapists, the Broward County Victims’ Rights Coalition, the Broward County Domestic Violence Council, Florida Association for Hostage Negotiators (FAHN), and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).
Additionally, Liz is a mentor and support person for the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) family support program that provides services to the surviving children and families of Officers killed in the line of duty. Liz annually attends National Police Week to volunteer her time to work with the children who are part of the C.O.P.S. KIDS program.