Nanette Schimpf, APR, CPRC
Moore Communications Group
Below you will find the our latest press releases. Click on the title to read more.
May 20, 2016 - Late this afternoon we were made aware that Sheriff Chris Blair was arrested and charged in relation to an incident which is currently being investigated by the Grand Jury in Marion County, FL. It is also our understanding that Governor Rick Scott has appointed Emery Gainey, a veteran law enforcement officer, to serve as the interim sheriff until an election can be held.
May 4, 2016 – Each year, the Florida Sheriffs Association invests in the lives of exceptional students by awarding scholarships to some of the state’s hardest working and most talented individuals. Last year, the Florida Sheriffs Association received a generous donation of $20,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation to create a STEM scholarship for students pursuing a career in any STEM-related field (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.)
May 2, 2016 – Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored all of the deputies and officers who gave their lives in service of the law and to the state of Florida. At the ceremony, three names were added to the FSA Memorial Wall. FSA President Sheriff Sadie Darnell and Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley joined Sheriffs from across the state at the FSA Memorial Wall to celebrate the lives of the men and women who died while serving their communities.
April 11, 2016 – Each year the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) recognizes several exemplary state legislators for their significant contributions to and support of good public safety policies during legislative session. These legislators have demonstrated a commitment to protecting the best interests of Florida citizens through their diligent legislative efforts and support of FSA initiatives.
April 11, 2016 – This past Friday, the Florida Sheriffs Association graduated 30 deputies from its prestigious Commanders Academy. This two-week program started on March 7 and reconvened for its final week on April 4, 2016. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that is essential for the next generation of leaders.
March 23, 2016 – Today the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Predator, a strategic initiative that verified current locations and criminal backgrounds of the over 46,000 permanent sexual predator residents in the state. During this operation, deputies verified information of Florida’s sexual predator and offenders, including their addresses, registration violations, number of related warrants served through arrests and number of ancillary arrests made through this enforcement operation.
March 9, 2016 – Recognizing the need to reform the process governing how death benefits are left to the family members of officers killed in the line of duty, the Florida Legislature today adopted SB 7012 regarding Death Benefits Under the Florida Retirement System (FRS). The legislation was a top priority of the Florida Sheriffs Association this session and was also supported by the Florida Police Benevolent Association and Deputy Pine’s wife, Bridget Pine. SB 7012 was prompted after the tragic death of Orange County Deputy Scott Pine in 2014.
March 8, 2016 – The Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act is an important tool for law enforcement in preventing crime and protecting Florida's communities. Current HB 889/SB 1044 strikes an important balance addressing the needs of law enforcement to prevent criminals from profiting from their illegal acts while strengthening the property rights of citizens. The Florida Sheriffs Association wants to thank Senators Jeff Brandes and Aaron Bean and Representatives Larry Metz and Matt Caldwell for their hard work in bringing together all stakeholders, and finding a long-term compromise that all sides could support.
February 3, 2016 – The Florida Sheriffs Association announced that Deputy Julie Sienko of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2016 Corrections Officer of the Year. The award, presented each year at the FSA Winter Conference, is given to one corrections officer who has demonstrated exemplary service in the line of duty.
February 3, 2016 – The Florida Sheriffs Association announced today that Communications Officer Erica Martin, of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, has been selected as the 2016 Dispatcher of the Year. This award is given to one deserving Communications Officer who has demonstrated exemplary service in the line of duty.
January 20, 2016 – Florida’s elected law enforcement officials, including Florida Sheriffs Association President and Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and Florida Sheriffs Association Legislative Chairman and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, today announced a proposal to ensure that law abiding, concealed carry permit holders are protected from arrest and prosecution for inadvertently displaying a firearm. The FSA is offering this proposal to protect Florida’s 1.5 million concealed carry permit holders and clarify Florida laws related to the inadvertent display of firearms, without legalizing complete open carry.
December 14, 2015 – On Thursday December 10, 2015, Ms. Menzel of The News Service of Florida posted an article entitled, “Police Chiefs Will Back Revised Open Carry Bill.” In that article, Sheriff Gualtieri is inaccurately quoted and the reporter took his statements out of context.
September 30, 2015 – The Florida Sheriffs Task Force, chaired by Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gaultieri, has released the results of its youth-protection program, Operation Safe Schools. This four-week initiative aimed to reduce pedestrian injuries due to traffic infractions in school zones and increase students’ safety. The operation was successful in raising awareness for traffic safety and in reminding drivers of the importance of safe driving.
August 19, 2015 – Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) held the first meeting of their new Cold Case Review Team (CCRT). The CCRT Committee is an inter-disciplinary approach for reviewing the available information and evidence from homicide and selected missing persons cases that have not yet been solved.
July 15, 2015... Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell has been elected as President of FSA, and is the second female Sheriff to serve in this role. Sheriff Darnell will be responsible for presiding over the association, working with the staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of the FSA and its 67 Sheriffs.
July 15, 2015... Deputy Robert Lundy of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the “2015 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.” Lundy was recognized at the FSA Summer Conference in Fort Lauderdale for his dedication to law enforcement by risking his life and living out his oath to serve and protect the public.
July 15, 2015... State Farm has generously contributed $75,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge, an educational driver improvement course developed in 2007. The check was presented to FSA President David Shoar at this week’s 2015 Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference.
July 14, 2015... Last night, the Florida Sheriffs Association announced the recipients of the 2015 Legislative Champion awards during their Summer Conference in Broward County.
July 14, 2015... FSA is pleased to announce that it has named two new Honorary Sheriffs. Roger Bouchard of Live Oak and Bill Powers of Tallahassee accepted this honor yesterday at the Florida Sheriffs Association’s Summer Conference.
July 13, 2015... Following in our annual tradition, we have awarded scholarships to 10 hardworking students studying for a career in law enforcement, corrections, or another criminal justice field.
May 7, 2015... The Florida Sheriffs Task Force, in conjunction with the Florida Sheriffs Association, has concluded a four-week operation aimed at protecting youth in Florida. Operation Dry Spring 2015 focused on preventing underage youth from purchasing and using alcohol, tobacco and various forms of synthetic drugs.
May 5, 2015... For a change from the negative news about law enforcement that is a buzz these days, The Committee of Ninety-Nine of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc., or Committee of 99 as the group is called, held its 34th annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year/Installation Banquet on Wednesday evening, April 22, 2015 at the Ballroom of the University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.
May 4, 2015... The Florida Sheriffs Association honored all 356 deputies and officers, including three recently fallen whose names are etched on the FSA Memorial Wall.
February 4, 2015... The Florida Sheriffs Association announced today that Communications Officer Deborah Mathewuse, of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, has been selected as the 2015 Dispatcher of the Year
February 4, 2015... The Florida Sheriffs Association announced today that Deputy David Arquette, of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, has been selected as the 2015 Corrections Officer of the Year.
February 3, 2015...Today, Florida’s Sheriffs met at the FSA Winter Conference to discuss critical legislative issues, including medical marijuana, that are facing the state.
December 8, 2014... Today, the Florida Sheriffs Task Force (FSTF) announced the results of Operation Safe Steps, a month long operation focused on pedestrian safety with the goal of reducing pedestrian injuries and deaths resulting from traffic crashes
November 5, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association and the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot Coalition have been educating Floridians about the dangers of legalizing marijuana and the likely impact if Amendment 2 were passed. Florida voters have spoken and Article X, Section 29 will not be added to the Florida Constitution.
September 16, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association has identified those Florida legislators who gave critical support to FSA and Florida’s Sheriffs for bills we support, as well as working through bills of concern and helping us defeat those bills we opposed.
September 15, 2014...Sixty participants represtent 28 law enforcement agencies attend the DEA's Basic School, with curriculum coordinated by the DEA Miami Field Office.
September 11, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association, today announced Matthew Dunagan has joined the FSA team as the Assistant Executive Director of Operations.
August 19, 2014 ... State Senator John Thrasher was presented with FSA’s Legislative Champion Award. St. Johns County from Sheriff David Shoar, FSA President, and Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.
August 15, 2014...Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger and Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson presented Senator David Simmons with FSA's Legislative Champion Award at his Orlando office.
August 5, 2014 ...More than 180 suspects, ranging in age from 20s through 70s, included a postal worker, pizza deliveryman, landscaper, former law enforcement officer and a Disney employee
August 1, 2014 ... The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce its leadership for the coming year. St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar has been elected as President of FSA
July 30, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that State Farm was the recipient of the President’s Award, an honor given to one organization who has shown considerable commitment to helping Florida’s Sheriffs and improving life in the State of Florida.
July 29, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) today announced that Officer Mario Gutierrez of the Miami Dade Police Department, has been selected as the “2014 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”
July 29, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association presented Senator Latvala (R-20) with the Legislator of the Year award this week during the FSA 2014 Summer Conference in St Johns County.
July 7, 2014 ...The Florida Sheriffs Association, following in its annual tradition, has awarded scholarships to hardworking students studying for a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field.
June 10, 2014... Today, members of the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition convened in Tallahassee to announce their efforts to educate Floridians on the dangers of marijuana and how the proposed Amendment 2 can impact the state’s communities.
May 5, 2014... Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored all 350 officers, including seven new officers whose names were recently etched on the FSA Memorial Wall.
April 24, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest state law enforcement associations in the nation, today announces that Michelle Burdick, Trish Eldridge and Becky Keillor have been added to the team
February 5, 2014... The Florida Sheriffs Association announced today that Corporal Joseph Klinger of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2014 Corrections Officer of the Year.
Janurary 16, 2014... Florida’s sheriffs have passed a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana in Florida.
November 15, 2013... Today, the Florida Sheriffs Task Force announced the results of Operation Safe Families, the latest operation aimed at protecting youth and families in Florida.
November 8, 2013...Charter class received 64 hours of instruction on law enforcement leadership, management skills, and issues specific to the unique Office of the Sheriff.
October 14, 2013...Recognition comes as a result of his hard work on Senate Bill 112 related to filing false documents against real or personal property, which assured its passage in the best form.
October 11, 2013...Nearly $6 million in funding aimed at creating law enforcement positions, including school resource officers.
September 23, 2013...The Florida Sheriffs Association and partners have developed training specifically geared to top level management at Sheriffs' Offices around the state.
September 24, 2013...The Florida Sheriffs Association, following in its annual tradition; has awarded scholarships to hardworking students studying for a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field.
September 9, 2013... First message about Florida's Missing Children's Day at the Capitol, by Steve Casey.
August 19, 2013... The Florida Sheirffs Association is excited to have Tansesha Williams, Drew Terpak and Hariet Sespico join the staff.
August 12, 2013... Additional details were released surrounding the vote to support the Stand Your Ground law.
August 9, 2013... FSA President Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd annoucned that Florida Sheriffs support the Stand Your Ground law as it is currently written.
August 7, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has been elected as President of FSA.
August 7, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association announced that Marion County Sheriff’s Master Deputy, Tim Liberatore, has been selected as the 2013 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
August 7, 2013... Governor Scott joined Sheriffs and legislators from across the state for a ceremonial bill signing before the conference banquet.
July 31, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that Drew Terpak, Harriet Sespico and Tanesha Williams have joined our team
July 24, 2013... The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office presented Representative Matt Gaetz with the Legislative Champion Award at a ceremony held at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
June 12, 2013... Pasco County Sheriff and St. Johns County David Shoar presented Senator Wilton Simpson with the Legislative Champion Award at a ceremony held in New Port Richey
June 28, 2013...Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office General Counsel is recognized for making an extraordinary contribution as a practicing government lawyer.
June 26, 2013... After more than forty years in law enforcement, the Florida Sheriffs Association’s Law Enforcement Coordinator Roy Hudson has chosen to retire.
June 20, 2013... Florida has seen a 17 percent drop in Oxycodone deaths and a 58 percent reduction in "doctor shopping" cases since the database began operations two years ago.
June 13, 2013... Crisis Intervention Teams are trained on how to identify persons with mental illness and de-escalate situations when a person with mental illness comes into contact with law enforcement.
June 5, 2013... The review committee for the FSA's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award met to consider this year's applications.
May 6, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association honored all 346 officers whose names are etched on the FSA Memorial Wall at a moving ceremony as part of a month long memorial of fallen officers.
Monday, May 6, 2013 - The Florida Sheriffs Association is holding a memorial ceremony to pay tribute to our fallen officers.
May 3, 2013 - The Florida Sheriffs Association has selected Christine Poole to direct the meetings and conferences hosted throughout the year for Florida’s Sheriffs and their teams.
April 11, 2013... Florida Sheriffs Task Force announces unprecedented results to protect youth, prevent drug and alcohol abuse in "Operation Dry Spring."
January 30, 2013... The Office of Governor Rick Scott today announces the governor was honored to receive the Florida Sheriffs Association Legislative Champion Award.
March 20, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce State Farm’s contribution of $100,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge.
March 5, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Task Force has launched Operation Dry Spring aimed at protetcing Florida's youth during Spring Break.
February 8, 2013 ... FSA President and Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton has been appointed to the National Sheriffs' Association's Board of Direcrtors.
February 1, 2013...The Florida Sheriffs bestowed their highest honor on this former lawman, lawmaker and retiring governmental consultant.
January 30, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association has announced that Corporal James Ris has been selected as the 2013 Corrections Officer of the Year.
January 8, 2013... The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce the selection of Tabitha McDonald to fill the role of Government Affairs Coordinator.
December 14, 2012 ... The Florida Sheriffs Association has concluded its 2012 training of the newly-elected Sheriffs across the state.
October 25, 2012... The Florida Sheriffs Task Force wrapped up a three-week operation where they worked to remove felons from Florida's streets.
August 1, 2011... The Florida Sheriffs Association awarded Detective Plasencia with this honor at the FSA summer conference that was held in Kissimmee, FL
July 31, 2012... Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton will be the first female president of FSA, taking over the duties of Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.
July 19, 2012 ... Every year, the Florida Sheriffs Association awards a number of scholarships to hardworking students studying for a career in law enforcement, corrections or another field of criminal justice
July 18, 2012...Law Enforcement veteran David Brand has been selected to fill the position
July 3, 2012.... A total of 119 predators were arrested in this five-county initiative
May 7, 2012... The Florida Sheriffs Association held a memorial ceremony to pay tribute to all of the officers who have given their lives in the lives in the line of duty.
May 4, 2011... The Florida Sheriffs Association will be hosting a law enforcement memorial on May 7, 2012 at their Memorial Wall.
January 18, 2012...During FSA's Mid-Winter conference, State Farm presented a check for $100,000 to support the Teen Driver Challenge program.
January 18, 2012... The Florida Sheriffs Association was pleased to present Deputy Jonathan Bowman of the Polk County Sheriff's Office with the 2012 Corrections Officer of the Year Award at the Mid-Winter Conference.
December 16, 2011... The Florida Sheriffs Association opposes the expansion of gambling into South Florida with new casino destination resorts.
November 10, 2011 ... FSA President and Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson speaks out on the issue of juvenile detention facilities
October 31, 2011... The FSA Jail Services Coordinator, Isaiah Dennard will represent Florida on the Chief Jail Inspectors Forum with the National Institute of Corrections.
October 21, 2011....Florida Association of Counties Legislative Advocate Sarrah Carroll was selected for her extensive experience in state government and legislation.
October 21, 2011... The 2011 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report reflects that crime in Florida declined 2 percent for the first half of the calendar year over the same period last year.
October 18, 2011... FSA supports the Florida DHSMV efforts to "White Out" teen crashes in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week.
October 4, 2011... FSA recognizes various state representatives for their support of a strong public-safety agenda in the 2011 legislative session.
September 12, 2011... FSA announces Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative in conjunction with Florida Missing Children's Day at the Capitol
September 9, 2011... Media alert: FSA holds press conference to announce collaborative Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative.
August 2, 2011... FSA released a media statement addressing the issue of TSA agents allegedly violating the fourth amendment
August 8, 2011... Sheriff Ric Bradshaw was recognized by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
August 4, 2011... FSA elects Sheriff Harvey as Executive Director and Sheriff Eslinger and Chairman of the committee
August 3, 2011... Clay County Deputy Con Kelley was honored as Deputy Sheriff of the Year at the Florida Sheriffs Association's summer conference