CHIEF STEPHANIE COKER
Email address: Stephanie_Coker@sheriff.org
Phone Number: 954-985-1953 (non-emergency)
Address: 3201 W. Hallandale Beach Boulevard, Pembroke Park, FL 33023
Stephanie Coker was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida to the proud parents of Woodrow and Cynthia Poitier. During her childhood she attended St. Elizabeth Catholic School from kindergarten to eighth grade and later attended Blanche Ely High School. Upon graduating from Blanche Ely High School in 1996, she went on to attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. At Florida A & M University, she received a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Upon returning home in 2000, she became an assistant pre-school teacher. While working as a school teacher she applied to the Broward Sheriff's Office in 2001 and was later hired. Stephanie attended a rigorous 5 months of the Police Academy at Broward College. During this time, Stephanie realized what her calling was. She excelled in the Police Academy by becoming the class president and encouraging her classmates about the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. Upon successful completion of the Police Academy, Stephanie was assigned to Road Patrol in Pompano Beach. Due to a desire to excel and fulfill her calling, she worked road patrol for 2 ½ years and then interviewed to become a property crimes Detective in Pompano Beach.
During her tour as a detective, Stephanie went back to school to further her education. She received an Associate degree in Funeral Services and later a Master’s in Business Administration. After three years as a detective, Stephanie decided to continue her forward progression by taking the Sergeants test. In 2007, Stephanie was promoted to Sergeant and was placed on road patrol in Pompano Beach. In April of 2008, she had the opportunity to assist the agency in its re-accreditation process with CALEA. After 4 years of working road patrol in Pompano Beach and assisting in the re-accreditation process, Stephanie was given the opportunity to become a Detective Sergeant in West Park / Pembroke Park Florida. This was a huge accomplishment for her. Not only was she the only female property crimes Detective Sergeant, but she was the first black female Detective Sergeant in the history of the Sheriff’s Office.
From 2011–2013, Stephanie excelled in her position as Detective Sergeant. In 2013, she was selected to become Chairperson of the Professional Standards Committee. This too was another milestone as she was the first black female to hold this position within the history of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. After a year of serving in that position, Stephanie returned to Pompano Beach as the Criminal Investigations Detective Sergeant. During this time, Stephanie was once again eager to move up the ranks so she studied to become a Lieutenant for the Sheriff’s Office. On August 8, 2015, Stephanie was promoted to Lieutenant and was the only black female Lieutenant for the Department of Law Enforcement in the Broward Sheriff’s Office. During her tour as a Lieutenant, she worked in Pompano Beach, Central Broward / Lauderdale Lakes and West Park / Pembroke Park.
In 2016, she was made the Executive Lieutenant to the former Captain of West Park / Pembroke Park. During this time, she had the opportunity to assist the City of West Park with numerous projects and interact with its citizens. In February, 2017, the City of West Park and the Town of Pembroke Park welcomed Lieutenant Stephanie Poitier Coker as their new District Chief. Chief Coker believes in a community policing concept and is looking forward to continuing the great partnership the Broward Sheriff’s Office has with the City of West Park and our community.