• May 26, 2015

    Making Decisions about Marijuana
    By: Steve Casey

    A lot has been written about the steady march toward legalization of marijuana in our country. Those who support it say it’s a natural recreational drug which is no more harmful than tobacco and alcohol which are already legal. Those who oppose it say it’s a drug which will negatively affect the youth in our country and set the stage for further substance abuse issues in society as a whole. Experts align on both sides of the issue so it's hard to know who is right.

  • May 13, 2015

    Honoring Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice
    By: Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. This year the names of 273 fallen officers were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which includes 117 officers who died in the line of duty in 2014.

  • May 06, 2015

    5 Points with Sheriff Sadie Darnell
    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 Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell to learn a little more about her and what is happening with his community.

  • May 04, 2015

    Sheriff Larry Campbell Honored by Local Law Enforcement Group
    By: Committee of Ninety-Nine of Tallahassee/Leon County

    The Committee of Ninety-Nine of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc., held its 34th annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year/Installation Banquet on Wednesday evening, April 22, 2015 at the Ballroom of the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.

  • April 22, 2015

    The Role Sheriffs Play in the Reforming of our Laws and Law Enforcement
    By: Steve Casey

    Recently, I read an article titled the Myth of Police Reform which appeared in The Atlantic. In the article, the writers contend society has thrown all of its failures at the police. They go on to say when society is not able to address a complex social issue, which reaches a crisis point, it often resorts to criminalizing the issue to regain control. Here, I give you my thoughts about the article and talk about the critical role our Sheriffs play in law enforcement.

  • April 15, 2015

    Rules to Follow When Calling 911
    By: Becky Herrin, Monroe County Sheriff's Office

    Last week was National Public Safety Telecommunications week where we recognized the diligence and professionalism of our Telecommunicators – Sheriff’s dispatchers - who serve in our communications center. In honor of these dedicated men and women, here is a review of the rules to follow when you call 911 to report a crime or emergency.

  • April 08, 2015

    National Telecommunicators Week – help us recognize these important people!
    By: Becky Herrin, Monroe County Sheriff's Office

    April 12th to the 18th is National Public Safety Telecommunications week and during that week, we will be recognizing the diligence and professionalism of our Telecommunicators – Sheriff’s dispatchers - who serve in our communications center in Marathon. We would like to encourage others to recognize them as well.

  • 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.