Florida’s Sheriffs, Tax Collectors, Clerks of the Circuit Court, Property Appraisers, and amendment sponsors gathered at the Capitol to launch a statewide education initiative about Amendment 10, the Protection Amendment. The amendment safeguards the interests of Floridians by protecting our right to vote, our families, our tax dollars, and our veterans. Amendment 10 keeps, and in some cases returns, the power into the hands of the people.
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 provides teen driver education. The check was presented to the FSA President, Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson, during this week’s Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference banquet. State Farm has continued to support the Teen Driver Challenge since 2011, 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 Jesus “Jesse” Madrigal of the Broward Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2018 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Each year the award is presented at the FSA Summer Conference to an officer who has demonstrated an exemplary model of honor, service and courage. The award is sponsored by Star & Shield Insurance Services.
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 2018-2019 year, which is led by Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter who has been elected as president. Sheriff Hunter will be responsible for presiding over the association and will work with the staff and board of directors to guide the efforts and direction of FSA and its 67 Sheriffs.
Today, sheriff deputies and personnel representing 28 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 vital for public safety leaders of the next generation. The 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.
The Florida Sheriffs Association invests in the state of Florida each year by encouraging and rewarding bright, hard-working students whose parents work in a Florida sheriff’s office. Thanks to the partnership formed by the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, ten high-achieving students will receive a college scholarship. Annually, the Motorola Solutions Foundation supports the efforts of the FSA by generously donating $20,000 to support their STEM scholarship for students pursuing a career in any STEM-related field (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math). The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as FSA, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives.
Today, sheriff deputies and personnel representing 29 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 vital for public safety leaders of the next generation. 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.
We are devastated by the news that Deputy William Gentry has died after being shot last night while on duty serving his community. Deputy Gentry has honorably served the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office for more than 9 years, currently serving as a field training officer whose contributions will forever have an impact on the agency.
Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Spring Cleaning, a strategic initiative in 35 Florida counties that 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.
Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored all the fallen deputies and officers who served the law, and state of Florida, in the line of duty. This year, four names were added to the FSA Memorial Wall during the ceremony. FSA President Sheriff Mike Adkinson of Walton County joined sheriffs at the FSA Memorial Wall to celebrate the men and women who lost their lives while serving their communities.