• April 01, 2015

    5 Points with Sheriff Ken Mascara
    By: Steve Casey

    The job of Sheriff, once thought of as a local position, now requires a global focus. In addition to fighting the effects of crime in their communities these men and women must work with other law-enforcement agencies on a statewide, federal and even international level to strike at the roots of the problems. We recently sat down with St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara to learn a little more about him and what is happening in his community.

  • February 26, 2015

    Florida Sheriffs Rescue One of their Own at Winter Conference
    By: Dave Fiore, Publications and Website Editor

    Over the 15 years I have been associated with the Florida Sheriffs Association, I have had many occasions to be impressed with the collective character of Florida's 67 sheriffs. But never have I been more moved by their actions than during the opening session of the Winter Conference earlier this month. As is tradition, the conference begins with a prayer, presentation of colors and the singing of the national anthem -- usually by a deputy from the host Sheriff's Office.

  • November 26, 2014

    The Peacekeepers and the Role They Play In Our Lives
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    Just outside of my office is a memorial to the law enforcement officers who have sacrificed their life to protect us. Inscribed on the walls of the memorial is a scripture that means a great deal me, and others in the law enforcement profession, as it defines our true purpose and makes our profession not just a vocation but a calling.

  • November 21, 2014

    The Importance of Supporting Law Enforcement Training
    By: Steve Casey, Executive Director

    Providing our law enforcement officers with training for new technology and techniques is critical to ensuring the safety of our officers and the public. Having been deeply involved with law enforcement since the early 80’s, I have experienced first-hand the rapid evolution of the tools and methods that aid in the service and protection of our citizens.

  • August 11, 2014

    Attorney General Commends Florida Sheriffs
    By: Guest blogger, Attorney General Pam Bondi

    Note: Following the 2013 Summer Conference, Attorney General Pam Bondi congratulates Florida Sheriffs and their personnel for working together to reverse the trend of prescription drug-related deaths, protecting kids from deadly synthetic drugs and combatting human trafficking.

  • 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).