Behind the Badge

The blog of the Florida Sheriffs Association

Two black suitcases and a pair of red sneakers on the floor by an open door, with a straw hat and camera resting on the suitcases
December 10, 2018

Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling this Holiday Season

With the holiday season approaching, AAA Travel projects about 46.3 million Americans will leave their homes unoccupied, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.

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How to Be Safe While Using Ride-Hailing Services

December 03, 2018

Ride-hailing services, which provide transportation from an unlicensed taxi service (i.e., Uber or Lyft), have become popular in the last five years. Typically, individuals reserve a ride from a private driver through their smartphone via a GPS system.

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How to Have a Safe College Night Out

November 26, 2018

Entering a college lifestyle for the first time is an exciting and memorable chapter for anyone. It is a period where you will meet many people and experience various new things, some that may be a little challenging to deal with.

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A man walking alone at night in a city.

How to Protect Yourself When Walking Alone

October 29, 2018

Walking alone on the street can be a dangerous thing, especially in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

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Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter

Sheriff Hunter on Serving Florida

August 31, 2018

Being elected as the Sheriff of Columbia County was the greatest moment in my law enforcement career. The trust I gained from my community when they elected me as their sheriff is one that I do not take for granted.

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A group of elementary-aged kids with backpacks entering a school.

How to Prepare for Back-to-School Safety

August 09, 2018

Although safety on school grounds is ultimately the responsibility of the school staff, parents can take a few simple steps to ensure a safe school experience for their children.

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A mother and father pointing out fireworks to their child.

How to Have a Safe Independence Day

July 04, 2018

Every year on July 4th, families and friends get together to watch beautiful, amazing fireworks illuminate the sky. While the vibrant event brings joy and excitement to many, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides that many children and adults suffer injuries from fireworks misuse.

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