• July 14, 2014

    The Challenge and Meaning of Leadership
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    Last week, I attended the graduation ceremony at the Florida Sheriffs Institute of the Florida Sheriffs Commander Academy, Class 2. The sheriffs in our state created this leadership program to prepare the next generation of leaders for the roles they will play as members of their command staff. Commanders representing 26 of the 67 counties participated in the class.

  • April 25, 2014

    Why Sheriffs Speak Out On Key Public Safety Issues
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    Over the last few weeks, a number of you have called and written to me asking why the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) opposes the bill that would authorize concealed carry of a firearm without a concealed weapons permit during a declared emergency. The short answer is we oppose the bill in its current form, but we would support the bill if some “common sense” amendments were added to ensure public safety.

  • March 17, 2014

    The Great Debate
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    It is true, Americans love a great debate. You might say it's a part of our political DNA going back to the founding of our nation. The media loves a great debate even more because it sells newspapers, magazines, website advertisements and television commercials, and increases readership, subscriptions and revenues.

  • February 26, 2014

    The Difference Deputies Make in Our Lives
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    Having spent the majority of my adult life working in law enforcement, first as a line officer, then later as a supervisor, and finally as a senior member of management, I found most of my tasks and duties were similar to those done by my counterparts in other industries.

  • February 03, 2014

    Florida Sheriffs at Work in Washington DC
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    This week I, along with several members of the my staff, traveled to Washington DC to attend the winter meeting of the Major County Sheriffs Association (MCSA) and the National Sheriffs Association (NSA).

  • January 08, 2014

    The Value of Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and How Sheriffs Support It
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting with Bob Macdonald, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Foundation (PDMP). The Florida PDMP consists of community and business leaders working to save lives through and combat the deadly consequences of drug abuse and diversion.

  • December 13, 2013

    Beware of the “Invisible” Officers on Patrol this Holiday!
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    This time of year we all look forward to celebrating the holidays with our friends and family. Calendars are packed with parties, plays, visitations, and holiday events. However, the holidays are also a dangerous time to be on the road.

  • November 27, 2013

    The Sheriffs Reasons for Creating the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    Imagine this scene, it’s a fall day in Florida in 1957, and an elderly lady arrives early one morning at the Sheriff’s Office and asks if she can speak with the Sheriff about a private matter. After a short wait, the lady is ushered into the office of the Sheriff and takes a seat.

  • November 15, 2013

    Graduation Day for the First Commander Academy
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    I had the pleasure last Friday (November 8, 2013) of hosting the first graduation ceremony for the new Commanders Academy at the Florida Sheriffs Association Headquarters in Tallahassee.

  • October 21, 2013

    2013 Halloween Safety Tips
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    Imagine if you will this scene. It’s just about dark outside and a chilly wind is beginning to blow and you have just settled in your favorite chair to watch the evening news when there is a faint knock at the door.