Behind the Badge

The blog of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

May 12, 2017

Behind the Badge: Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil

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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Behind the Badge with National Sheriffs’ Association President, Sheriff Greg Champagne

February 16, 2017

National Sheriffs’ Association President and St. Charles Parish, La. Sheriff Greg Champagne explains why he believes the criminal justice is not broken and how law enforcement officers are working hard to find solutions to problems such as poverty, lack of mental health treatment, narcotics abuse and more. Sheriff Champagne also discusses a recent poll that details the public’s overwhelming support for law enforcement and ways that policing must evolve with the times.

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The Florida Sheriffs Association Task Force

January 04, 2017

One of the strengths of the Florida Sheriffs Association is the ability to pool resources from the 67 Sheriffs’ Offices to address specific areas of concern. After Florida’s Mutual Aid Act took effect in 1984, the sheriffs were given a better system for working together during emergency operations, including built-in legal protections. The Florida sheriffs took this a step farther by creating a structure to launch proactive efforts, including establishing operation protocols and Command Advisory Teams with specific expertise, including hostage negotiations, forensics and civil disturbance.

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Behind the Badge Special Edition - Transitioning into the Role of Sheriff

December 09, 2016

In the latest Sheriffs Academy Special Edition of Behind the Badge, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder shares advice to newly elected sheriffs on transitioning into their new role as sheriff.

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