Behind the Badge

The blog of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

June 23, 2017

Behind the Badge: Sheriff Mike Williams, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Mike Williams of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office discusses the value and benefit of gaining new perspective through his relationship with other Florida sheriffs. Sheriff Williams is in a unique position as the sheriff of a consolidated city-county agency, and says the JSO will celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a commemorative badge.

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Behind the Badge: Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer

June 14, 2017

Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer reflects on his nearly two-decade long involvement with Florida's Sheriff Youth Ranches and the rewarding work of helping provide structure and stability to Florida's troubled youth.Florida Sheriff Youth Ranches have long helped young men and women turn their lives around to become better students and grow into responsible young adults, thanks, in part, to the participation of Florida's sheriffs and deputies and generosity of those who support the organization.

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Behind the Badge: Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods

June 07, 2017

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods describes the unique relationship Florida’s Sheriffs have with one another and explains that regardless of the size of their counties, they can always rely on each other for help during times of need. Sheriff Woods says that one of the most exciting aspects of his job is instilling integrity, honesty and trust into the men and women of his organization in order to fulfill the promises he's made to the citizens of Marion County.

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Behind the Badge: Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil

May 12, 2017

With more than 35 years of service, Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil discusses his career as an officer and leader in law enforcement, as well as the responsibilities a sheriff has as an elected official and the role his agency plays in keeping the citizens of the community safe. His experience at various agencies helps him lead his deputies, run the county jail, and work on the regional domestic terrorism task force.

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Behind the Badge: Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel

March 24, 2017

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel discusses the joint efforts of the sheriff’s office and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies when responding to a mass shooting that took place at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in January. Sheriff Israel also shares his priorities for Broward County including reducing violent crimes and reducing the number of minors put in jail.

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Behind the Badge with Palm Beach County County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw

March 13, 2017

As a longtime sheriff and former police chief, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw talks about the differences in the law enforcement roles. Sheriff Bradshaw believes one of the most positive aspects of being sheriff is having the ability to make decisions for the betterment of his community.

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Behind the Badge with Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts

March 07, 2017

Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts shares the importance of being an advocate for the community members who elected him and creating open dialogue with the people he serves as sheriff. He discusses the positives and negatives of using technology and social media to build relationships and solve important cases. Sheriff Roberts also explains the unique relationships sheriffs have within the Florida Sheriffs Association and the lifetime responsibility sheriffs assume.

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