Behind the Badge

The blog of the Florida Sheriffs Association.

February 16, 2017

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

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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Behind the Badge Special Edition - Social Media

December 08, 2016

In this Special Edition of Behind the Badge, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey provides advice to newly elected sheriffs on the importance of community outreach.

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Behind the Badge Special Edition - Emotional Intelligence

December 07, 2016

In this Sheriffs Academy Special Edition of Behind the Badge, Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson highlights the importance of using emotional intelligence to maximize the efficiency of sheriffs and staff.

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Behind the Badge with Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight

November 29, 2016

Sheriff Knight discusses his path to becoming sheriff, his view of the role of sheriff as a symbol in the community and one particular incident that has shaped him both personally and professionally.

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Are We Fighting a War on Drugs?

November 18, 2016

Recently, I read an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in which some prominent researchers posed an important question, “Have We Lost the War on Drugs?” The answer to this question may surprise you.

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