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Miami Dade Officer Mario Gutierrez Honored as 2014 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

July 29, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) today announced that Officer Mario Gutierrez of the Miami Dade Police Department, has been selected as the “2014 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”


Florida Sheriffs Association Presents Legislative Champion Award to Senator Jack Latvala

July 29, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association presented Senator Latvala (R-20) with the Legislator of the Year award this week during the FSA 2014 Summer Conference in St Johns County. 


Sheriffs Award 2014 Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

July 7, 2014 ...The Florida Sheriffs Association, following in its annual tradition, has awarded scholarships to hardworking students studying for a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field.


Grassroots Coalition Launches to Educate on Dangers of Marijuana

June 10, 2014... Today, members of the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition convened in Tallahassee to announce their efforts to educate Floridians on the dangers of marijuana and how the proposed Amendment 2 can impact the state’s communities.


Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Fallen Officers at Ceremony

May 5, 2014... Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored all 350 officers, including seven new officers whose names were recently etched on the FSA Memorial Wall.


Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Staff

April 24, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest state law enforcement associations in the nation, today announces that Michelle Burdick, Trish Eldridge and Becky Keillor have been added to the team


Seminole County Cpl. Joseph Klinger Named FSA Corrections Officer of the Year

February 5, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association announced today that Corporal Joseph Klinger of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2014 Corrections Officer of the Year.


Florida Sheriffs Pass Resolution to Oppose the Legalization of Marijuana

Janurary 16, 2014... Florida’s sheriffs have passed a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana in Florida.


Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Safe Families Targets Domestic Violence

November 15, 2013... Today, the Florida Sheriffs Task Force announced the results of Operation Safe Families, the latest operation aimed at protecting youth and families in Florida.


Florida Sheriffs Institute Graduates First Commanders Academy

November 8, 2013...Charter class received 64 hours of instruction on law enforcement leadership, management skills, and issues specific to the unique Office of the Sheriff.


First FSA Legislative Staffer of the Year Award Presented to Chase Daniels

October 14, 2013...Recognition comes as a result of his hard work on Senate Bill 112 related to filing false documents against real or personal property, which assured its passage in the best form.


Six Florida Sheriffs’ Offices Receive COPS Hiring Grants

October 11, 2013...Nearly $6 million in funding aimed at creating law enforcement positions, including school resource officers.


FSA Host First Commander’s Academy

September 23, 2013...The Florida Sheriffs Association and partners have developed training specifically geared to top level management at Sheriffs' Offices around the state.


FSA Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

September 24, 2013...The Florida Sheriffs Association, following in its annual tradition; has awarded scholarships to hardworking students studying for a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field.


FSA to Launch Blog

September 9, 2013... First message about Florida's Missing Children's Day at the Capitol, by Steve Casey.


FSA Announces New Staff

August 19, 2013... The Florida Sheirffs Association is excited to have Tansesha Williams, Drew Terpak and Hariet Sespico join the staff.


Additional Detail on the Florida Sheriffs Association Vote to Support Stand Your Ground Law.

August 12, 2013... Additional details were released surrounding the vote to support the Stand Your Ground law.


The Florida Sheriffs Association Supports the Stand Your Ground Law.

August 9, 2013... FSA President Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd annoucned that Florida Sheriffs support the Stand Your Ground law as it is currently written.


Florida Sheriffs Association Names New President

August 7, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has been elected as President of FSA.


Deputy Tim Liberatore is 2013 Florida Sheriffs Association’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

August 7, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association announced that Marion County Sheriff’s Master Deputy, Tim Liberatore, has been selected as the 2013 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year


Florida Governor Scott Signs Legislation for the Safety of Floridians

August 7, 2013... Governor Scott joined Sheriffs and legislators from across the state for a ceremonial bill signing before the conference banquet.


Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Staff

July 31, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that  Drew Terpak, Harriet Sespico and Tanesha Williams have joined our team


Sheriffs Present Legislative Champion Award to Representative Matt Gaetz

July 24, 2013... The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office presented Representative Matt Gaetz with the Legislative Champion Award at a ceremony held at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.


Pasco County Sheriff Presents Legislative Champion Award to Senator Simpson

June 12, 2013... Pasco County Sheriff and St. Johns County David Shoar presented Senator Wilton Simpson with the Legislative Champion Award at a ceremony held in New Port Richey


Col. Joseph Bradshaw Receives Florida Bar Claude Pepper Award

June 28, 2013...Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office General Counsel is recognized for making an extraordinary contribution as a practicing government lawyer.   


FSA Law Enforcement Coordinator Retires

June 26, 2013... After more than forty years in law enforcement, the Florida Sheriffs Association’s Law Enforcement Coordinator Roy Hudson has chosen to retire.


Statement from FSA Regarding Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

June 20, 2013... Florida has seen a 17 percent drop in Oxycodone deaths and a 58 percent reduction in "doctor shopping" cases since the database began operations two years ago.


Collier County Sheriff’s Office presents on how CIT impacts the community

June 13, 2013... Crisis Intervention Teams are trained on how to identify persons with mental illness and de-escalate situations when a person with mental illness comes into contact with law enforcement.


Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award Committee Reviews Applicants

June 5, 2013... The review committee for the FSA's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award met to consider this year's applications.


Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Fallen Officers at Ceremony

May 6, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association honored all 346 officers whose names are etched on the FSA Memorial Wall at a moving ceremony as part of a month long memorial of fallen officers.


Media Alert:  Fallen Officer Honored for Their Ultimate Sacrifice

Monday, May 6, 2013 - The Florida Sheriffs Association is holding a memorial ceremony to pay tribute to our fallen officers.


Florida Sheriffs Association Gets New Conference Planning Leadership

May 3, 2013 - The Florida Sheriffs Association has selected Christine Poole to direct the meetings and conferences hosted throughout the year for Florida’s Sheriffs and their teams.


Unprecedented Results in “Operation Dry Spring”

April 11, 2013... Florida Sheriffs Task Force announces unprecedented results to protect youth, prevent drug and alcohol abuse in "Operation Dry Spring."


Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Governor Rick Scott with Legislative Champion Award

January 30, 2013... The Office of Governor Rick Scott today announces the governor was honored to receive the Florida Sheriffs Association Legislative Champion Award.


Florida Sheriffs Association and State Farm Commit to Improving Teen Driving

March 20, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce State Farm’s contribution of $100,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge.


Florida Sheriff’s Task Force Sets Sights on Spring Break Safety

March 5, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Task Force has launched Operation Dry Spring aimed at protetcing Florida's youth during Spring Break.


FSA President Appointed to National Sheriffs’ Association’s Board of Directors

February 8, 2013 ... FSA President and Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton has been appointed to the National Sheriffs' Association's Board of Direcrtors.


Frank Messersmith Made Honorary Sheriff

February 1, 2013...The Florida Sheriffs bestowed their highest honor on this former lawman, lawmaker and retiring governmental consultant.


Brevard County Corporal James Ris Honored as FSA Corrections Officer of the Year

January 30, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association has announced that Corporal James Ris has been selected as the 2013 Corrections Officer of the Year.


Florida Sheriffs Association Selects New Government Affairs Coordinator

January 8, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce the selection of Tabitha McDonald to fill the role of Government Affairs Coordinator.


FSA Wraps Up Successful New Sheriffs Institute Training for Florida’s Newest Top Cops

December 14, 2012 ... The Florida Sheriffs Association has concluded its 2012 training of the newly-elected Sheriffs across the state.


Florida Sheriffs Task Force Nets Nearly 12,000 Felony Arrests During Operation “Felon Sweep”

October 25, 2012... The Florida Sheriffs Task Force wrapped up a three-week operation where they worked to remove felons from Florida's streets.


Miami/Dade Detective Oscar Plasencia is selected as 2012 Deputy Sheriff of the Year

August 1, 2011... The Florida Sheriffs Association awarded Detective Plasencia with this honor at the FSA summer conference that was held in Kissimmee, FL


Florida Sheriffs Association Names First Female President

July 31, 2012... Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton will be the first female president of FSA, taking over the duties of Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.


Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Criminal Justice

July 19, 2012 ... Every year, the Florida Sheriffs Association awards a number of scholarships to hardworking students studying for a career in law enforcement, corrections or another field of criminal justice


FSA Announces New Public Safety Services Coordinator

July 18, 2012...Law Enforcement veteran David Brand has been selected to fill the position


Florida Sheriffs Task Force Announces Five-County Cyber Predator Operation Most Successful to Date

July 3, 2012.... A total of 119 predators were arrested in this five-county initiative


Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Fallen Officers

May 7, 2012... The Florida Sheriffs Association held a memorial ceremony to pay tribute to all of the officers who have given their lives in the lives in the line of duty.


Florida Sheriffs Association to Host Memorial Ceremony

May 4, 2011... The Florida Sheriffs Association will be hosting a law enforcement memorial on May 7, 2012 at their Memorial Wall.


State Farm Contributes, Commits to Teen Driver Challenge

January 18, 2012...During FSA's Mid-Winter conference, State Farm presented a check for $100,000 to support the Teen Driver Challenge program.


Polk County Deputy Jonathan Bowman Honored as FSA Corrections Officer of the Year

January 18, 2012... The Florida Sheriffs Association was pleased to present Deputy Jonathan Bowman of the Polk County Sheriff's Office with the 2012 Corrections Officer of the Year Award at the Mid-Winter Conference.


Florida Sheriffs Association Opposes Casino Destination Resorts

December 16, 2011... The Florida Sheriffs Association opposes the expansion of gambling into South Florida with new casino destination resorts. 


Setting record straight on juvenile detention facilities

November 10, 2011 ... FSA President and Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson speaks out on the issue of juvenile detention facilities


Florida Sheriffs Association Staff Member To Serve On National Jail Inspector Forum

October 31, 2011... The FSA Jail Services Coordinator, Isaiah Dennard will represent Florida on the Chief Jail Inspectors Forum with the National Institute of Corrections.


FSA Appoints New Assistant Executive Director of Operations

October 21, 2011....Florida Association of Counties Legislative Advocate Sarrah Carroll was selected for her extensive experience in state government and legislation.


Crime Down in Florida First Half of 2011

October 21, 2011... The 2011 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report reflects that crime in Florida declined 2 percent for the first half of the calendar year over the same period last year.


Florida Aims To White Out Teen Crashes

October 18, 2011... FSA supports the Florida DHSMV efforts to "White Out" teen crashes in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week.


Florida Sheriffs Association Awards State Representatives

October 4, 2011... FSA recognizes various state representatives for their support of a strong public-safety agenda in the 2011 legislative session.


FSA Announces Collaborative Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative

September 12, 2011... FSA announces Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative in conjunction with Florida Missing Children's Day at the Capitol


Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative

September 9, 2011... Media alert:  FSA holds press conference to announce collaborative Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative.


Media Statement on Libertarian Party and TSA

August 2, 2011... FSA released a media statement addressing the issue of TSA agents allegedly violating the fourth amendment


Palm Beach County Sheriff Receives FPAA Leadership Award

August 8, 2011... Sheriff Ric Bradshaw was recognized by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association


Media Statement on Self Insurance Fund Committee

August 4, 2011... FSA elects Sheriff Harvey as Executive Director and Sheriff Eslinger and Chairman of the committee


Deputy Con Kelley Honored as the 2011 Florida Sheriffs Association Deputy of the Year

August 3, 2011... Clay County Deputy Con Kelley was honored as Deputy Sheriff of the Year at the Florida Sheriffs Association's summer conference


Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New President

August 2, 2011 ... The Florida Sheriffs would like to congratualte Volusia County Sheriff Ben F. Johnson as the incoming president of FSA


Governor Rick Scott Appoints Six to Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council

August 1, 2011 ... Sheriffs James F. Coats and Ben F. Johnson appointed to Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council


Governor Rick Scott Appoints Eslinger and Musco to Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems

August 1, 2011 ... Governor Rick Scott Appoints Sheriff Eslinger to Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems


FSA Seeks Assistant Exec Director of Operations

July 15, 2011...The Florida Sheriffs Association is seeking an Assistant Executive Director of Operations to help lead one of the largest law-enforcement associations in the country.


Latest Sex Sting Operation Nets 32

June 22, 2011...Lake County Sheriff's Office "Operation Summer Nights" gets 32 sexual predators off the streets.


Employees From Two Sheriffs’ Offices Win National Awards

June 22, 2011...The National Sheriffs Association selects law-enforcement professionals from two Florida Sheriffs' Offices for national awards.


FSA Awards Scholarships

June 21, 2011...Florida Sheriffs Association awards scholarships to students studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.


Pill Mill Legislation Signed by Governor

June 3, 2011...Surrounded by Sheriffs, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs "Pill Mill" legislation into law.


Executive Leadership Conference A Success

May 16, 2011...FSA's Executive Leadership Conference ended last week and by all accounts it was a success. See photos from the event.


Dennard Selected As FSA Jail Services Coordinator

May 5, 2011....Florida Sheriffs Association Selects Isaiah Dennard as Jail Services Coordinator.


FSA Dedicates New Headquarters

May 3, 2011....With a nod to the past, the Florida Sheriffs Association dedicates new headquarters to usher in the future


Media Alert: Building Dedication and Open House

May 2, 2011...The Florida Sheriffs Association Hosts Much-Anticipated Building Dedication Ceremony and Open House


Florida Crime Lowest in 40 Years

April 26, 2011...Governor Rick Scott Announces Florida Crime Rate at 40-Year Low


Sheriffs Bring Spotlight to Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 11, 2011...April is Child Abuse Prevention month and the Florida Sheriffs are helping bring the spotlight to the issue throughout the state.


FSA Takes Action to Combat Child Abuse

April 1, 2011...The Florida Sheriffs Association participates in activities to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Seven Sheriffs Appointed to “Drug Strike Force”

March 29, 2011....Seven Sheriff selected to serve on Gov. Scott's "Drug Strike Force."


Governor Scott Announces Statewide Drug Strike Force

March 28, 2011...Governor Rick Scott announced a comprehensive statewide response to criminal drug trafficking in Florida. His Statewide Drug Strike Force will assist local law-enforcement agencies in the battle against "pill mills."


Spring Break Sex Sting Nets 21 Men and Women

March 22, 2011...Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer says of the operation, "It was very fruitful, I hate to say." Among the arrested are a Universal Studios security guard and Lake County couple.


FSA Launches New, Integrated Website

March 23, 2011...FSA's new website offers an e-newsletter, Web 2.0 technology and hourly legislative updates via Lobbytools.


Sheriffs Support AG Bondi’s Position on Restoration of Civil Rights

March 2, 2011...The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) supports Attorney General Pam Bondi’s recent efforts regarding the Restoration of Civil Rights.


Just Published! Annual Guide to Government

February 21, 2011...The Florida Sheriffs Association 2011 Annual Guide to Government is here! Featuring government official and Sheriffs' bios, a state government chart and more.


Two Florida Sheriffs Appointed to Fraud “Strike Force”

February 9, 2011...Two Florida Sheriffs have been appointed to the Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force.


FSA 2011 Mid-Winter Conference Highlights

January 26, 2011...Florida Sheriffs Association 2011 Mid-Winter Conference a resounding success.


FSA 2011 Correctional Officer of the Year

January 26, 2011...Jefferson County Correctional Deputy Marie McClamma named Correctional Officer of the Year (includes video).


Alarming Rise in LE Officer Fatalities in 2010

December 27, 2010...The number of U.S. law enforcement fatalities spiked by 37 percent in 2010, on the heels of a two year decline; Florida in the top four.


FSA Recognizes AG and Cabinet

December 7, 2010...Florida Sheriffs Association President Harrell Reid presents a proclamation to Florida Attorney General and Cabinet.


Juv. Delinquency At Record Low

December 6, 2010...The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice says delinquency rate has fallen.


Monroe Sheriff’s Office - Holiday Safety Tips

November 29, 2010...The Monroe County Sheriff's Office offers helpful "Holiday Safety Tips."


Have You Served 40 Years?

November 16, 2010...The Florida Sheriffs Association offers a special Honorary Membership to Sheriffs' Office employees with 40 years of service or more.


Three Deputies Shot

October 29, 2010…Domestic Violence incident in Escambia ends with three wounded deputies.


Operation Grim Reaper Nets 22 Sex Offenders

October 21, 2010...The Citrus County Sheriff's Office operation "Grim Reaper" resulted in 22 arrests of sexual predators. Citrus Sheriff Jeff Dawsy warns predators, the operation is "going on the road."


National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 16, 2010...The Florida Sheriffs have partnered with major stakeholders to observe National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 17-23).


Semi-Annual Report on Crime - News is Good

October 12, 2010...The semi-annual Uniform Crime Report had some good news for Florida: Crime is down.


FSA Presents Legislative Leadership Awards

September 20, 2010...The Florida Sheriffs have selected 10 legislators who went "above and beyond" to help in the 2010 legislative agenda.


LCSO Sgt. Honored for Missing Child Case

September 14, 2010...Sgt. Larry Folsom is named 2009-2010 Florida Missing Children's Day Local LEO of the Year.


FSA 2010 Deputy Sheriff of the Year

July 29, 2010....The Florida Sheriffs Association named Orange County Sheriff's Office Deputy Michael Kleinfelt the 2010 Deputy Sheriff of the Year. (includes video)


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