FORT LAUDERDALE — A Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) deputy who has been featured on the FOX Network’s reality program COPS has been suspended from his law enforcement job pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.
Deputy Anthony Costanzo was suspended with pay on Jan. 23. The exact nature of the investigation has not been clarified.
“Right now, he is suspended with pay but I really can’t comment on any of it,” BSO Media Relations Director Jim Leljedal said.
Costanzo has participated in several high-profile operations that targeted so-called prescription drug mills and pain clinics. Known on the streets as “Zo,” he has been featured on the COPS program several times, distinguished by his tattooed arms.
BSO hired Costanzo 12 years ago and he earns $69,908 a year. He now works out of the Oakland Park district. He has played on his department’s softball team and received employee of the month honors several times during his career.
***Pictured above is BSO deputy Anthony Costanzo.