Behind the Badge

The blog of the Florida Sheriffs Association

Sheriff and Mrs. Tommy Ford speak about Hurricane Michael.
March 18, 2019

Behind the Badge: Bay County Sheriff Ford

Sheriff Tommy Ford and his wife discuss what it was like before, during and after Hurricane Michael in Bay County. Sheriff Ford also discusses what it was like to have the help from his fellow sheriffs and the Florida Sheriffs Association.

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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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Parents and two children packing the back of an SUV for a trip.

How to Travel Safely During Summer Vacations

June 18, 2018

Whether you are going away for only a couple of days or a few months, you should prepare in advance and consider all traveling conditions to ensure a safe trip

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Six young children sitting on a log outdoors, smiling and raising their hands.

How to Keep Your Children Safe During the Summer

June 14, 2018

Planning ahead for summer break is key to having a safe summer. If your child will attend a summer camp, be sure to ask questions that will ensure your child’s safety.

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A man's hand preparing to drop a pill in an unattended drink, while two women talk in the background.

How to Prevent Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assualt

May 31, 2018

Not only are one in five college-aged females are affected by sexual assault, but rape and sexual assault rates are about 10 percent higher in the summer (U.S. Department of Justice). If we know how to prevent sexual assault, that shocking number can be reduced.

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