Moments ago, the Florida Sheriffs Association released the following letter requesting adequate funding for School Resource Officers. This letter was sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Corcoran, and Senate President Negron. Here is the text in its entirety:
We stand with the victims, families, and law enforcement from yesterday’s horrific attack at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We cannot comprehend the evil that put this attack in motion and our hearts are broken at the loss of the 17 souls who were taken from us too early during this premeditated act of violence. We will continue to support this beloved community. The Sheriffs of Florida offer our resources to all first responders who are diligently and respectfully working with those who were impacted, and who are investigating and bringing justice for these victims and their families.
Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and the 67 Sheriffs of Florida recognized and thanked Governor Rick Scott for his exemplary work and guidance during two recent events. During these two instances, the governor was proactive and placed a priority on smart preparation and ensuring resources where ready ahead of the need.
The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that Communications Training Officer Dominique Mathis of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2018 Dispatcher of the Year. Each year, the award is presented at the FSA Winter Conference to an officer who has demonstrated exceptional service in the line of duty. The award is sponsored by Harris Corporation.
The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that Brevard County Corrections Deputy Carissa LaRoche has been selected as the 2018 Corrections Officer of the Year. Each year the award is presented at the FSA Winter Conference to an officer who has demonstrated exceptional service in the line of duty. This award is sponsored by Star & Shield Insurance Services.
“The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased with yesterday’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announcement to enter into Basic Ordering Agreements (BOA) with 17 Florida sheriffs. The Florida Sheriffs Association applauds the work of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) to develop this new process with ICE."
"The Sheriffs of Florida support proposal 49, brought forward by Sheriff Gainey, that provides death benefits to surviving family members of first responders who are killed or injured in the line of duty. Our most important asset is our people, and their families who support them in their service to our communities."
Supreme Court Ruling in Support of Gov. Scott’s Actions to Ensure Justice is Given Every Opportunity
"Today, the Supreme Court affirmed that Governor Scott acted in the best interests of Floridians in reassigning more than 30 death penalty cases from State Attorney Ayala in the Ninth Judicial Circuit to Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brad King. As a representative of the law, Ayala was not serving to the best of her ability when she announced she would not consider the death penalty in any of those cases."
Charlotte County Sheriff William Prummell, Jr. shares the details on the latest Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation, Operation Deadbolt, which brought together 25 sheriffs’ offices to combat residential, commercial and vehicle burglaries. Sheriff Prummell urged citizens to protect themselves from becoming a victim of burglary by securing their belongings and documenting serial numbers, especially of those on firearms.
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.