Florida Sheriffs Task Force
About the Task Force
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.
The first statewide task force operation, held in July 1989, was organized to address the growing crack cocaine problem. It involved more than 1,500 law enforcement officers from various counties and resulted in 2,224 arrests. Since then, the Florida Sheriffs Task Force operations have gained national recognition, including an effort that removed $1.5 million of prescription drugs from the street, a crackdown on “Deadbeat Dads,” and mass arrests of sexual predators. The Florida Sheriffs Task Force also is the point of contact for statewide initiatives, including helping to staff the state Emergency Operations Center and coordinating sheriffs' offices responding to storm-ravaged communities during hurricanes and other catastrophic disasters.
Operation Spring Cleaning 2018. This initiative, conducted October 2017 through April 2018, focused on the investigation and subsequent arrest of those manufacturing, delivering or trafficking controlled substances. During this operation, deputies pulled 4,988 drug traffickers off the streets, confiscated nearly 12.5 million grams of controlled substances, and seized 1,679 firearms in arrests made for unlawful possession. Read more.
Operation Deadbolt 2017. This initiative, conducted June 12 through August 5, 2017, served as a public awareness effort to deter the rise of burglaries in Florida and directed resources to areas affected by residential burglaries with forced entry, using a highly coordinated Intelligence Led Policing (ILP). Through this effective summer operation, the Florida sheriffs successfully identified suspects, reduced the amount of residential burglaries occurring in the focus areas and made 630 arrests. Read more.
Operation Hot Spot 2017. This four-week initiative, conducted April 9 through May 6, 2017, dedicated resources for enforcement efforts to two "hot spot" areas identifed as high traffic crash locations to attempt to reduce crashes and deter other types of crime. The operation resulted in a significant reduction in crashes (from 210 to 103) and a total of 71 arrests.
Other Task Force Operations
The Florida sheriffs updated and signed two Mutual Aid agreements in January 2013. One agreement was for disaster assistance, such as floods and other natural disasters. The other agreement involved operational assistance and voluntary cooperation that addresses other mutual aid needs, such as ad hoc operations that cross jurisdictional lines.
The Florida Sheriffs Task Force developed an Emergency Mobilization Plan to outline the procedure for the state Emergency Operations Center Command Advisory Team. For more information, contact FSA Public Safety Services Coordinator David Brand via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (toll free): 1-800-877-2168, ext. 246.
Click here to login to the Sheriffs Emergency Mobilization System - SEMS (Username and Password required). Contact Captain Darin Chandler or Captain Michael Casarella of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office for details: via email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) or via phone (941-575-5211 or 941-575-5210).
Task Force Chairs & Zones
Chair: Sheriff William Prummell, Jr., Charlotte County Sheriff
FSA Contact: David Brand, Law Enforcement Coordinator
Title Coordinator: Captain Darin Chandler, Charlotte County
Assistant Coordinator: Captain Michael Casarella, Charlotte County
Zone 1: Sheriff Tommy Ford, Bay County Sheriff
Zone 2: Sheriff Mark Hunter, Columbia County Sheriff
Zone 3: Sheriff Gordon Smith, Bradford County Sheriff
Zone 4: Sheriff Chris Nocco, Pasco County Sheriff
Zone 5: Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff
Zone 6: Sheriff Tom Knight, Sarasota County Sheriff
Zone 7: Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach County Sheriff