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The Florida Sheriffs are united in purpose and voice, for the protection of Florida’s citizens and visitors. Founded in 1893, the Florida Sheriffs Association has grown to be one of the largest and most successful state law-enforcement associations in the nation. A not-for-profit corporation, FSA is made up of the 67 Sheriffs of Florida as well as approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state. For more than a century, FSA has quietly served the citizens of Florida by supporting the needs of the state's law-enforcement community.

Through the Florida Sheriffs Association, Sheriffs are given a forum to address lawmakers to push for positive changes in Florida’s public safety arena. FSA also provides Sheriffs' Offices much-needed programs such as affordable training, special task forces and legislative and legal services.

Dedicated to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the development of lawful, productive citizens, FSA has established and funded the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches with facilities throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams and prepare boys and girls for the future.

The Florida Sheriffs Association has been credited with contributing to many positive trends related to public safety in our state. In recent years, Florida has actually seen a decline in crime.

  • The Uniform Crime Report – a key indicator for crime trends in the state – noted that in 2011 Florida enjoyed its lowest crime rate in over 40 years.  The number of violent crimes was down by 3.7%. Domestic violence, murders, aggravated assaults, forcible sex offenses and robbers all showed a decrease in the 2011 report.  While non-violent crimes slightly increased, motor vehicle theft dropped by 4.4%.
  • State prisoners are now serving an average of 79 percent of their sentences, as compared to in the early 1990s when it was less than 20 percent for some criminals. There are also more prison beds to accommodate them, and with the FSA-backed Sentencing Guideline legislation of 1997, offenders are now receiving stiffer penalties to start.

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