The Florida Sheriffs Association is happy to announce that State Farm has generously granted $75,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge, an educational course that promotes teen driver improvement. The check was presented to FSA President, Sheriff Jerry L. Demings, on July 25, 2017, during the Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference banquet. State Farm has continued to support the Teen Driver Challenge since 2010, which has been a vital contribution in keeping Florida’s teen drivers, and everyone on the roadway, safe.
Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is proud to announce that Deputy Justin Ferrari of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2017 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Ferrari’s outstanding courage is evident in a video captured by his body camera as he responded to a call in July 2016.
The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest and most successful law-enforcement associations in the nation, is pleased to announce its leadership for the coming year. Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson has been elected President of FSA. Sheriff Adkinson will be responsible for presiding over the association, working with the staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of FSA and its 67 Sheriffs.
Each year, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) recognizes 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.
The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) would like to thank Governor Scott for signing HB 477 into law. FSA has made its top legislative priority to support comprehensive drug control legislation during the 2017 legislative session, which will create criminal penalties for trafficking Fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, such as cannabinoids and cathinones.
Today, sheriff deputies and personnel representing 30 Florida sheriffs’ offices graduated from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s prestigious Commanders Academy. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that is essential for the next generation of public safety leaders. The Commanders Academy provides a comprehensive curriculum and offers programs on leadership skills, business and personal ethics, management training and other topics that relate to the law enforcement profession.
Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored all of the fallen deputies and officers who served the law, and state of Florida, in the line of duty. This year, six names were added to the FSA Memorial Wall during the ceremony. FSA President and keynote speaker Sheriff Jerry Demings of Orange County joined sheriffs at the FSA Memorial Wall to celebrate the men and women who lost their lives while serving their communities. A K-9 statue was very recently added and is a wonderful addition to honor K-9 officers who bravely served the citizens of Florida.
Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) weighed in on immigration enforcement. FSA challenged a weekly list published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of sheriffs’ offices who are not cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Florida Sheriffs expressed frustration with DHS’ unwillingness to work with local sheriffs within the constraints of federal case law to ensure our nation’s laws are being legally enforced.
The Sheriffs of Florida stand with Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi today as we condemn the unconscionable decision by State Attorney Aramis Ayala to not seek the death penalty in the prosecution of Markeith Loyd. By refusing to pursue the death penalty in this horrific case, State Attorney Ayala missed an opportunity to ensure that justice was served for the Clayton and Dixon families.
The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that Charlotte County Corrections Deputy First Class Bobby Beverly has been selected as the 2017 Corrections Officer of the Year. The award, presented each year at the FSA Winter Conference by FSA and Star & Shield Insurance, is given to one corrections officer who has demonstrated outstanding service in the line of duty.