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Public Safety Tip: Water Safety and Essential Summer Reminders

As summer heats up in Florida, it's crucial to prioritize heat, sun and water safety to enjoy the season to its fullest. Whether you’re a longtime Florida resident or a...

Public Safety Tip: Increase Home Security with The 9 p.m. Routine

Sometimes, nationwide efforts begin at home, especially in the case of home security. The nightly social media reminders for the 9 p.m. routine started with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office...
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Public Safety Tip: Your Hurricane Checklist

As summer approaches, so does the annual arrival of hurricane season, observed from June 1 to November 30. While this time of year can bring anxiety for Florida residents, many...

Public Safety Tip: Firework Safety 101

Fireworks are fun, exciting – and potentially dangerous. A little neighborhood fun can quickly turn into a significant safety hazard if you don’t follow instructions and use proper caution.  It’s...

Public Safety Tip: How to Create an Evacuation Plan

Download the PDF In the event of an emergency, do you have a plan?  Creating an emergency evacuation plan ensures you and your loved ones are prepared in the event...

Public Safety Tip: How to Report a Crime in Florida

Download the PDF A person witnessing an emergency and calling 9-1-1 is something you see all the time in the movies – but what happens when you see a crime...

Public Safety Tip: Fire Safety for the Holidays

When you think about chestnuts roasting on an open fire, you probably don’t think “fire hazard.” But unfortunately, fire can be a very real danger during the holidays. According to...

Public Safety Tip: Spotting Fake Charities and Donation Scams 

Many charities rely on end-of-year giving to fund their budgets and support their goals for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, this time also attracts scammers who are looking to exploit your...

Public Safety Tip: How to Prevent Identity Theft

When a criminal steals your personal information, they can use it to drain your bank account, damage your credit and wreak havoc on your life. And the worst part is,...

Public Safety Tip: How to Avoid Credit Card Fraud with Contactless Payment

Have you ever been the victim of credit card fraud? In 2022, 44 percent of credit card users in the U.S. reported having two or more fraudulent charges on their...
What You Need to Know About Rapid DNA

Public Safety Tip: What You Need to Know About Rapid DNA

Every day, DNA technology is used by law enforcement agencies to identify suspects, investigate crimes and bring justice for victims and their families. Unfortunately, resources and an administrative backlog of...

Public Safety Tip: How to Spot a Gas Pump Skimmer

Swiping your credit card at a gas station is an easy, every day task for many consumers – but when it comes to keeping your information safe, it’s something you...

Stay Safe with These Parking Lot Safety Tips

When it comes to safety, parking lots can be an unexpected danger for both drivers and for pedestrians. That’s because, unlike in many locations, cars and people are sharing the...

Public Safety Tip: Human Trafficking Safety Information

Human trafficking is an urgent issue in the United States and beyond but it is tragically one that is often difficult to recognize. Knowing the truth about this crime is...

Public Safety Tip: The Truth About Impaired Driving

December is National Drunk and Impaired Driving Month. In the United States, a person dies of a drunk driving accident every 45 minutes. All of these tragic accidents are preventable,...

Emergency Phone Alerts: What You Need to Know

If you own a cell phone and live in Florida, you’ve probably received an AMBER Alert. The FDLE sends emergency phone alerts to Florida’s citizens though the Emergency Alert System,...

How to Stay Safe When Using DIY Home Security

If you don’t use a smart security system at home, you probably know someone who does. These systems are quick to install, easy to use and can make many people...

How to Avoid Vehicle Theft

Thieves look for easy targets, and an unlocked car is just about as easy as it gets. In the United States, a vehicle is stolen every 39 seconds, and valuable...

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season in Florida

Hurricane season began on June 1. Are you prepared? While it’s impossible to know what hurricane season will bring each year, we do know which supplies are vital to have...

Bicycle Safety Tips: What You Need to Know

Many visitors and residents in Florida enjoy bicycling across their neighborhoods and communities. In fact, according to the League of American Bicyclists, Florida ranked in the top 16% of bicycle...

3 Simple Ways to Avoid Distracted Driving

Eight people are killed and 49 people are injured on Florida’s roads every day. While some of these crashes are unavoidable or are caused by impaired drivers, many are caused...

7 Safety Tips for Spring Break in Florida

Florida is a great place to spend spring break, from its warm sunny weather to beautiful beaches and interesting people. Like many places, however, it can be incredibly crowded during...

How to Recognize the Signs of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime that is often difficult to identify, which is why it’s important to know the warning signs and learn what you can do to prevent it.

IRS Scams

The first quarter of a year typically has a heavy focus on tax season. This also means that tax scams impersonating the IRS will begin to increase. These scams lead...

Safeguarding Your Home

Millions of us travel to visit family and friends for the holiday season, and this creates prime season for thieves to start casing houses. Burglaries can occur randomly, but many...

Holiday Shopping Cybercrime Tips

According to eMarketer, the 2021 holiday shopping forecast predicts to see over $1 trillion dollars in retail spending with an 11.3% increase in online sales. Criminals are also mindful to...

Four Tips to Avoid a Phishing Con When Ordering Takeout

$54 million and 241,342 complaints. Those are the reported amounts that phishing scams claimed in 2020, according to the FBI. One of the most currently active phishing scams is centered...

Tips and Signs to Avoid a Malware Attack

With the increased amount of mobile financial transactions, including mobile payment apps, downloading a malware attack is becoming more common. The following tips will help you avoid mobile malware attacks.

How to Prepare for Back-to-School Safety

Although safety on school grounds is ultimately the responsibility of the school staff, parents can take a few simple steps to ensure a safe school experience for their children.

How to Protect Your Child from Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying often occurs when a child uses the internet, emails, text messages, social media websites, chat rooms or other digital technology to harass, threaten or humiliate another child. Learn how...

How to Safely Prepare for Vacation

As school comes to a close, often times families begin to think about summer vacation. Planning for a summer trip can be an exciting time. It’s important to remember to...

How to Protect Yourself and your Family from COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination is known to be one of the largest mass vaccination efforts in recent history. As our efforts continue to defeat the coronavirus, imposters continue...

How to Protect Yourself from IRS Scams

Thousands of citizens have lost millions of dollars and had their personal information stolen because of tax scams. Due to COVID-19, the number of individuals impacted by these scams has...

How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

As COVID-19 vaccine distributions progress, agencies continue to receive complaints from the public of scammers successfully finding ways to obtain money and Personal Identifiable Information (PII). Unfortunately, many have fallen...

How to Travel Safely in Inclement Weather

Traveling is a part of our everyday lives, but sometimes we may get caught in inclement weather. Driving through bad storms can be dangerous for us and other drivers around...

Avoid Christmas Tree Safety Hazards During the Holidays

Christmas is a special and joyful time of year. Many love to decorate and make their homes feel festive, but there are important things to keep in mind while preparing...

How to Protect Yourself While Shopping or Donating Online

With COVID-19, there will be more online shopping this year than ever before. There are many benefits to the convenience of online shopping, but there are also important things that...

How To Protect Yourself While Holiday Shopping

This holiday season is a time when people rush to the stores and the internet to shop for family members, loved ones and friends. For many, seeing the smile on...

Beware of Charitable Solicitations by Phone: Give Wisely

The Florida Sheriffs Association advises members to be aware of telemarketers soliciting donations by phone.

How to Have A Safe Halloween

Halloween is a favorite holiday for many and a fun time for kids. It’s important to remember to stay safe while still having fun. Here are some tips from a...

Be Cyber Smart: Prevent Phishing with these Tips

October is National Security Awareness Month. One of the most common forms of cyber attacks is phishing. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware...

How To Prevent Crimes During Hurricane Season

With hurricane season already in progress, storm preparation is a major priority for many. While most people have an idea what to gather in preparation for the intense weather (extra...

How to Keep Your Children Safe During the Summer

Planning ahead for summer break is key to having a safe summer. If your child will attend a summer camp, be sure to ask questions that will ensure your child’s...

Safeguarding Your Home While on Vacation

The majority of residential break-ins occur during the prime vacation months of July and August. Getting a call from a neighbor, friend or law enforcement to inform you that your...

How to Travel Safely During Summer Vacations

Whether you are going away for only a couple of days or a few months, you should prepare in advance and consider all traveling conditions to ensure a safe trip

How to Protect Yourself When Walking Alone

Walking alone on the street can be a dangerous thing, especially in an unfamiliar neighborhood.

How to Prevent a Home Burglary

Somewhere in the U.S. there's a home burglary committed every 13-15 seconds. Learn how to prevent this common crime.

How to Have a Safe Independence Day

Every year on July 4th, families and friends get together to watch beautiful, amazing fireworks illuminate the sky. While the vibrant event brings joy and excitement to many, the U.S....

How To Prevent Gas Station Theft

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, there has been an increase in reports of theft at gas stations around the country. While customers are at gas stations, many leave...

How to Keep Your Child Safe While Swimming

Did you know that Florida loses more children under the age of five each year to drowning than any other state? This summer especially, with heat indexes on the rise...

Preventing Theft with the 9 p.m. Routine

Theft across the U.S. is on the rise. Awareness is key to avoiding victimization. FSA along with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office want to educate you on the 9 p.m....

How to Prevent a Carjacking

Carjacking has become a common crime across the nation with the Department of Justice reporting nearly 49,000 incidents a year. Learn how to protect yourself from this crime.

Preventing Cell Phone Theft

When devices are stolen, identity theft becomes a major concern, as personal information is often stored in cell phone devices.

How to Protect Yourself While Walking through a Parking Lot

Being aware of your surroundings decreases your chances of becoming a victim.

How to Protect Yourself While Using an ATM

Every day, millions of people use ATM machines primarily because of the convenience. However, it is important for you to remain cautious and aware of your surroundings and safety when...

How to Identify and Report Possible Domestic Violence

October is domestic violence awareness month. During this time, we recognize those who have been victims of this crime and we look at how we can prevent these injustices in...

Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling this Holiday Season

With the holiday season approaching, AAA Travel projects about 46.3 million Americans will leave their homes unoccupied, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007.

How to Be Safe While Using Ride-Hailing Services

Ride-hailing services, which provide transportation from an unlicensed taxi service (i.e., Uber or Lyft), have become popular in the last five years. Typically, individuals reserve a ride from a private...

How to Have a Safe College Night Out

Entering a college lifestyle for the first time is an exciting and memorable chapter for anyone. It is a period where you will meet many people and experience various new...

How to Prevent Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assualt

Not only are one in five college-aged females are affected by sexual assault, but rape and sexual assault rates are about 10 percent higher in the summer (U.S. Department of...

How to Prevent Tax-Refund Identity Theft

Florida, with its large population of elderly residents and healthcare facilities, leads the nation in identity theft-related income tax fraud. Learn how to protect yourself.

How to Recognize Victims of Human Trafficking

Victims of human trafficking may range from the ages of nine years old and up, sometimes younger.

How to Be Safe on the Road While Traveling

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office provides the following tips for travel safety.

2013 Halloween Safety Tips

Imagine if you will this scene. It’s just about dark outside and a chilly wind is beginning to blow and you have just settled in your favorite chair to watch...

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911 Dispatcher: The Calm Voice | FSA

911 Dispatcher: The Calm Voice in Moments of Crisis

No day is the same for a 911 dispatcher in a Florida sheriff’s office. Dispatchers serve as the frontline responders, handling emergency calls and coordinating critical services. Dispatchers provide essential...

Law Enforcement Families Can Offset Expenses with Scholarships for College

With the cost of education continually increasing, it is more important than ever for law enforcement families to identify scholarships for college. When you are searching for scholarships for your...

Remembering Ted Bundy and the Chi Omega Murders

In January 1978, evil visited Tallahassee in the form of a psychopathic stalker who was later identified as one of the most vicious serial killers in modern history.

Public Safety Tip: Increase Home Security with The 9 p.m. Routine

Sometimes, nationwide efforts begin at home, especially in the case of home security. The nightly social media reminders for the 9 p.m. routine started with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office...
Mexican Drug Cartels: What They Mean to Florida

Mexican Drug Cartels: What They Mean to Florida

While most people haven’t a clue, Mexican Drug Cartels have established a presence throughout much of Florida. This presence brings with it harmful substances that affect many families, along with...

The Role of a K-9 Unit

K-9 units are an essential part of many law enforcement agencies, including Florida’s sheriffs’ offices. As part of the team, these trained dogs are incredible assets with a variety of...
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FSA’s Legislative Recap: 2024 Session 

One of the Florida Sheriffs Association’s primary roles and responsibilities is to support and monitor legislation that ensures public safety in Florida.  Both during the legislative session and throughout the year,...

The White Shadow: Tampa’s Bolita Kingpin

By David Brand Law Enforcement Coordinator, Florida Sheriffs Association During the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s Charlie Wall was the undisputed king of organized crime in Tampa’s Ybor City. Known by the Latin...

What You Missed at the Sheriffs 2024 Winter Conference

Every year, the Florida Sheriffs Association hosts two widely attended sheriffs’ conferences. This year’s first event, the Sheriffs 2024 Winter Conference, was held on January 28-31 at the Sandestin Golf...

Public Safety Tip: How to Report a Crime in Florida

Download the PDF A person witnessing an emergency and calling 9-1-1 is something you see all the time in the movies – but what happens when you see a crime...

Preparing Teen Drivers to Be Safe on the Road: Tips for Parents

Having a new teen driver in the family is a big deal –  for both the child and the parent. It’s an exciting step, but one that can cause anxiety...

What You Missed at the 2023 Executive Leadership Conference and Fleet Exposition

The Florida Sheriffs Association is proud to host annual events that provide a venue for training, sharing, and learning. Each event is specifically designed to gather a targeted audience of...

Sheriffs Back to Work with Early Florida Legislative Session 

Two hundred fifty days. That is how long it will have been between closing the books on the 2023 legislative session and the first day of the 2024 legislative session...

Law Enforcement Mental Health Resources: You Are Not Alone

If you are a law enforcement officer struggling with your mental health, you are not alone. Many law enforcement officers, including sheriff's deputies, work irregular hours, including night shifts and...

The Blue Sink Murders: The Strange Story of Robert Scott Sanders

On the morning of October 18, 1967, Tallahassee awoke to the news of a second, multiple-person slaying, just four days short of a year from the last killings. This marked...

Public Safety Tip: Spotting Fake Charities and Donation Scams 

Many charities rely on end-of-year giving to fund their budgets and support their goals for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, this time also attracts scammers who are looking to exploit your...

Hurricane Idalia: The Response by the Florida Sheriffs Association Task Force

Hurricane Idalia, a powerful and destructive storm, struck Florida’s Big Bend on August 30, 2023, affecting several counties in North Florida. The hurricane's path and intensity left a trail of...

Program Spotlight: The Commanders Academy

Florida is home to some of the finest and well-trained law-enforcement leaders in the country – and that doesn’t happen by accident. Through ongoing training, support, and cutting-edge research, the...

Meet the New FSA President, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper

At the recent Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference, FSA Deputy Executive Director of Operations Matt Dunagan sat down with new FSA President, Nassau County Sheriff Leeper. Here is the first...

What You Missed at the Florida Sheriffs Association 2023 Summer Conference

Every year, the Florida Sheriffs Association is the host of two highly attended sheriffs’ conferences. Most recently, the Sheriffs 2023 Summer Conference was held July 23-26 at the JW Marriot...

Law Enforcement Grants Support Community Safety

Every day, brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our communities. We want to ensure they have the resources, training and education they need to...

Crisis at our Borders: A Story of Dilemmas

Immigration is part of the American experience, built our great country, and allows us to thrive. However, unlawful border crossings threaten the sovereignty of the United States.

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches: Changing Lives for Generations

Every success story has a beginning, and for many transformed lives, that beginning can be traced back to Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Through its unwavering commitment and tireless efforts, this organization...

Sheriff Bob Baker and the Ashley Gang

In the early 1900s Florida, father and son sheriffs chased a gang of bootleggers, robbers, and murderers from deep in the Everglades to what would later become known as the...

2023 FSA Memorial Honors the Fallen

During its 2023 FSA Memorial ceremony, the Florida Sheriffs Association honored the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty

How to Celebrate National Police Week

Behind the badges and uniforms, there are individuals who bravely serve and protect our communities every single day. One week is set aside each year to show them how much...

What You Missed: Sheriffs Day at the Capitol 2023

Each year, Florida’s sheriffs gather at the state Capitol to serve as public safety subject matter experts for state legislators and to advocate for legislation that will continue leading to...

FSA Program Assists with Agency Accreditation

Every day, the FSA strives to foster the effectiveness of the Office of Sheriff through leadership, innovative practices, legislative initiatives, education and training. Accreditation, a process and standard which encourages...

When Franklin County Went to War

Many of the American soldiers who went ashore in France on D-Day, a scene graphically and brutally depicted in the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” were trained at Camp Gordon Johnston...

Murder in Macclenny

On August 1, 2022, the residents of Macclenny, Florida woke up to a grisly double homicide in their small, tight-knit community. Rumors immediately spread speculating everything from serial killers to...

What You Missed at the Sheriffs 2023 Winter Conference

Every year, the Florida Sheriffs Association is the host of two widely attended sheriffs’ conferences. This year’s first event, the Sheriffs 2023 Winter Conference, was held on January 22-25 at...

3 Benefits of Law Enforcement Careers in Florida

As a career path, working in law enforcement is highly active, often exciting and always changing. And now, because of new benefits and incentives, Florida is one of the best...

Legislative Action Tips: How to Get Involved

Getting involved in the legislative process can feel overwhelming – but it’s important. The issues being discussed within the legislature aren’t just theoretical, after all. They affect you, your family...

The Longest Shootout

On January 16, 1935, FBI agents engaged in an epic six-hour gunfight with Kate “Ma” Barker and her son Fred in tiny Ocklawaha, Florida, effectively ending the criminal reign of...

Heroes Helping Heroes Rebuild through Hurricane Relief Funds

If we have learned one thing over the last several years, it is that when the unexpected comes along, it’s important to know who you can count on. Since the...

What You Missed at the 2022 Executive Leadership Conference and Fleet Exposition

A large part of the mission of the Florida Sheriffs Association is to host annual events that provide a venue for training, sharing and learning. Each event is specifically designed...

The History of Florida Sheriffs: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Sheriff History

Every day, your local sheriff and sheriff’s deputies work to keep your community safe. Since the beginning of Florida’s history, these men and women have played an important role in...

It’s Not Just About Oranges: Agricultural Law Enforcement in Florida

When tourists think about Florida, two images usually come to mind: beaches and oranges. However, our residents know there is far more to Florida agriculture than oranges and these resources...

How to Become a Sheriff’s Deputy in Florida

Imagine a career that allows you to build relationships, protect the residents of your county and gain valuable skills. Through training, new challenges and meaningful work, you grow into the...

Meet the New FSA President: Sheriff Al Nienhuis

At the recent Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference, Deputy Executive Director of Operations Matt Dunagan sat down with new FSA President, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis. The two discussed Sheriff...

What You Missed at the Florida Sheriffs 2022 Summer Conference

Every year, the Florida Sheriffs Association is the host of two widely attended sheriffs’ conferences. This year’s second event, the Sheriffs 2022 Summer Conference, was held on July 24 -...

What Are The Types of Jobs in Law Enforcement?

There are a variety of roles to fill in a sheriff’s office, and each one plays a different and integral part in keeping the agency running. While many law enforcement...

June is National Safety Month

National Safety Month is an annual observance to educate organizations and communities and encourage safe behaviors. Many injuries can be prevented when safety is a focus. Make a difference and...

Florida’s Appointed Women Sheriffs: Law Enforcement Pioneers

When the trumpet sounded for World War II, women answered the call to duty. The WASP, or Women Aircorps Service Pilots, were civilians who trained U.S. pilots for war and...

A Farewell Message from Sheriff John H. Rutherford

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford will retire from his current position at the end of this month and pass his duties over to Sheriff-elect Mike Williams July 1. Below is a...

The Role Sheriffs Play in the Reforming of our Laws and Law Enforcement

Recently, I read an article titled the Myth of Police Reform which appeared in The Atlantic. In the article, the writers contend society has thrown all of its failures at...

Rules to Follow When Calling 911

Last week was National Public Safety Telecommunications week where we recognized the diligence and professionalism of our Telecommunicators – Sheriff’s dispatchers - who serve in our communications center. In honor...

National Telecommunicators Week – help us recognize these important people!

April 12th to the 18th is National Public Safety Telecommunications week and during that week, we will be recognizing the diligence and professionalism of our Telecommunicators – Sheriff’s dispatchers -...

The Peacekeepers and the Role They Play In Our Lives

Just outside of my office is a memorial to the law enforcement officers who have sacrificed their life to protect us. Inscribed on the walls of the memorial is a...

The Difference Deputies Make in Our Lives

Having spent the majority of my adult life working in law enforcement, first as a line officer, then later as a supervisor, and finally as a senior member of management,...

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Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2024 Commanders Academy Graduating Class 15

Sheriff deputies and personnel representing 36 Florida sheriffs’ offices graduated from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s (FSA) prestigious Commanders Academy. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that...

Florida Sheriffs Association Continues Investing in Florida’s Youth by Awarding 14 STEM Scholarships

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) 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. This year,...

Florida Sheriffs Association and Leaders Honor Fallen Deputies at FSA Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored the fallen heroes who enforced the law and served the state of Florida in the line of duty. Five names were added to...

Florida Sheriffs Research Institute and the Florida Chamber of Commerce Release Report on Securing Florida’s Future Success

Today, more than 30 sheriffs, business leaders, and Attorney General Ashley Moody joined for a roundtable discussion to delve into the findings of a research report jointly conducted by the...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2024 Commanders Academy Graduating Class 14

Sheriff deputies and personnel representing 36 Florida sheriffs’ offices graduated from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s (FSA) prestigious Commanders Academy. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that...

Florida Sheriffs Association and State Farm Commit to Improving Teen Driving

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that State Farm has generously granted $75,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge, an educational course that provides training to teenage drivers....

Flagler County Communications Specialist Selected as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2024 Dispatcher of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that Communications Specialist First Class Megan Burton of Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2024 Dispatcher of the Year....

Florida Sheriffs Association Allocates $150,000 for Bulletproof Vest Grant Program to Sheriffs’ Offices Statewide

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce $150,000 in grant funding available to Florida sheriffs through the Bulletproof Vest Grant Program. These dollars were approved by the FSA...

DeSoto County Lieutenant Honored as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2024 Corrections Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that DeSoto County Lieutenant Michael Bellflower has been selected as the 2024 Corrections Officer of the Year. Each year, the award...

Florida Sheriffs Association Collaborates with Simply Healthcare Plans, Carelon Behavioral Health to Provide Crisis Intervention Team Training

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that Simply Healthcare Plans (Simply), in collaboration with Carelon Behavioral Health, has generously granted $150,000 to FSA’s Crisis Intervention Team training...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2023 Commanders Academy Graduating Class 13

Sheriff deputies and personnel representing 34 Florida sheriffs’ offices graduated from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s (FSA) prestigious Commanders Academy. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that...

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Announce Successful Completion of Operation Safe Kids

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Safe Kids, a strategic initiative in 40 Florida counties that called attention to traffic safety in and...

Florida Sheriffs Association Cold Case Advisory Commission Assists in Breakthrough to Close 30-Year-Old Case

In a momentous development, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has made a breakthrough in the 30-year-old cold case of Jennifer Odom, bringing justice and closure to a long-standing mystery.

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Board for 2023-2024

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 2023-2024 year. The newly-elected...

Investigator David Colt Howell of Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Recognized as Florida Sheriffs Association’s 2023 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is honored to announce the selection of Deputy David Colt Howell of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as the 2023 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year....

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Crime Analyst Sean Ryan Awarded 2023 Florida Sheriffs Association Civilian of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) announces that Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Crime Analyst Sean Ryan is the 2023 Florida Sheriffs Association’s Civilian of the Year. This award recognizes exemplary service...

Florida Sheriffs Association Continues Collaboration with State Farm to Improve Teen Driving and Keep Florida’s Roads Safe

State Farm has generously granted $50,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge, an educational course that provides training to teenage drivers. This program has been a vital contribution in protecting Florida’s...

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Tallahassee, Fla. (June 14, 2023) – The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) invests in the state of Florida each year by encouraging and rewarding bright, hard-working students whose parents work at...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2023 Commanders Academy Graduating Class 12

Tallahassee, Fla. (May 19, 2023) - Sheriff deputies and personnel representing 34 Florida sheriffs’ offices graduated from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s (FSA) prestigious Commanders Academy. The Commanders Academy is an...

Florida Sheriffs Association Continues Investing in Florida’s Youth by Awarding 10 STEM Scholarships

Tallahassee, FL (May 11, 2023) – The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) invests in the state of Florida each year by encouraging and rewarding bright, hard-working students whose parents work in...

Florida Sheriffs Association and Leaders Honor Fallen Deputies at FSA Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored the fallen heroes who enforced the law and served the state of Florida in the line of duty. Eight names were added to...

Florida Police Chiefs Association and Florida Sheriffs Association Announce Law Enforcement Virtual Job Fair

The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) announced today that they will hold a joint Law Enforcement Virtual Job Fair on Thursday, April 20th, from...

Pinellas County Corrections Officer Honored as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2023 Corrections Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that Pinellas County Corrections Officer Deputy Anthony LaCorte has been selected as the 2023 Corrections Officer of the Year. Each year,...

Lee County Communications Dispatcher Selected as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2023 Dispatcher of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that Communications Dispatcher Lexus McClellan of Lee County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2023 Dispatcher of the Year. Each year,...

Florida Sheriffs Association Names Florida Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls as Honorary Sheriff

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest and most successful state law enforcement associations in the nation, is pleased to announce it has named Florida House Speaker Chris...

Florida Sheriffs Association Continues Investing in Florida’s Youth by Awarding 25 Scholarships

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) 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. This year,...

Florida Sheriffs Association Takes Legal Action Against Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners for Violating the Florida Constitution

To uphold the Florida Constitution, the institution of the Office of Sheriff, and the clear mandate of Florida’s voters, the Florida Sheriffs Association today filed a lawsuit against the Miami-Dade...

Florida Sheriffs Association and State Farm Commit to Improving Teen Driving

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that State Farm has generously granted $50,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge, an educational course that provides training to teenage drivers....

Orange County Sheriff’s Office Field Service Officer David Grassi Posthumously Honored as 2022 Florida Sheriffs Association Civilian of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) has awarded fallen Orange County Sheriff’s Office Field Service Officer David Grassi as the 2022 Florida Sheriffs Associations’ Civilian of the Year. Orange County Sheriff...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Board for 2022-2023

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 2022-2023 year. The newly-elected...

Master Deputy Crista Rainey of Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Recognized as the Florida Sheriffs Association’s 2022 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is honored to announce that Master Deputy Crista Rainey of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2022 Law Enforcement Officer of the...

FSA Accreditation Coordinator, Juli Brown, Earns Certified Accreditation for Rare Fourth Time

In 2021, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) launched the Florida Sheriffs Accreditation Assistance Program to support Florida sheriffs’ offices of all sizes achieve and maintain law enforcement accreditation. This program...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2022 Commanders Academy Graduating Class 11

Leaders throughout 33 Florida sheriffs’ offices graduated this week from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s prestigious Commanders Academy. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that is vital...

Florida Sheriffs Association and Leaders Honor Fallen Deputies at FSA Memorial Ceremony

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored the fallen heroes who served the law and the state of Florida in the line of duty. Thirty names were added to the...

The Florida Sheriffs Association Launches their Accreditation Assistance Program

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) has launched the Florida Sheriffs Accreditation Assistance Program to support the Florida sheriffs' offices in achieving and maintaining law enforcement accreditation from the Commission for...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2022 Commanders Academy Graduating Class 10

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...

Miami-Dade Police Department Public Safety Telecommunicator Selected as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2022 Dispatcher of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that Police Dispatcher Rebeca Sanchez of the Miami-Dade Police Department has been selected as the 2022 Dispatcher of the Year. Each year,...

Flagler County Corrections Officer Honored as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2022 Corrections Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that Flagler County Corrections Officer Deputy First Class (DFC) Paul Luciano has been selected as the 2022 Corrections Officer of the...

Florida Sheriffs Research Institute Releases Report on Sentencing Repeat Offenders of Violent and Serious Crime in Florida

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Research Institute released their latest report entitled, The Prisoner Release Reoffender: Sentencing Repeat Offenders of Violent and Serious Crime in Florida. The purpose of this report...

Statement from the Florida Sheriffs Association on Whistleblower’s Revelation of the FBI’s use of Counterterrorism Tactics to Investigate Parents

The Florida Sheriffs Association today released the following statement from FSA President and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum in response to the information revealed by a Department of Justice whistleblower...

Florida Sheriffs Research Institute Releases Report on Police Response to Resistance

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Research Institute released their latest report entitled, Police Response to Resistance: How Florida’s Sheriffs React to Violent Encounters.

Florida Sheriffs Association Statement on Police Reform Negotiations

A recent false narrative has been perpetrated which pits blame on U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina for the failure of police reform legislation. Nothing could be further from...

FSA Statement On Negotiations Ending with No Agreement Being Met on Police Reform

The Sheriffs of Florida appreciate U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina for not only having an open-door policy to hear input from public safety leaders, but also input from...

Florida Sheriffs Association and Leaders Honor Fallen Deputies at FSA Memorial Ceremony

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored the fallen heroes who served the law and the state of Florida in the line of duty. Thirteen names were added to the...

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Announce Successful Completion of Operation Loose Wire

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Loose Wire, an initiative focused on reducing the number of livestock that are at large, as well...

Florida Sheriffs Deploy Team to Louisiana to Assist with Hurricane Ida Recovery Efforts

Sheriffs and their dedicated staff throughout Florida are coming together to assist residents and public safety leaders of Louisiana as they work to recover from the devastating impacts caused by...

Fallen Law Enforcement Heroes Honored by Florida’s Police and Sheriffs along with Attorney General Ashley Moody

The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) are again this year designating the month of September to honor the service and sacrifice of Florida law...

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) 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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Board for 2021-2022

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 2021-2022 year. The newly...

Dan Ijpkemeule of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Named 2021 Florida Sheriffs Association Civilian of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased today to announce Dan Ijpkemeule, a member of the Aviation department for Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, is the recipient of the 2021 Florida...

Detective Doris Tracey of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Recognized as the Florida Sheriffs Association’s 2021 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is honored to announce that Detective Doris Tracey of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2021 Law Enforcement Officer of the...

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Breaking Chains Announces Significant Results to Help Stop Human Trafficking

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Breaking Chains, a strategic initiative in 16 Florida counties that focused on reducing human trafficking throughout the...

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarships to Exceptional STEM Students

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. This year, the...

Florida Sheriffs Association Continues Work with State Farm to Improve Teen Driving and Keep Florida’s Roads Safe

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that State Farm has generously granted $50,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge, an educational course that provides teen driver education. This...

Florida Sheriffs Research Institute Releases Report to Legislature on Violent, Repeat Drug Offenders in State Prison

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Research Institute sent all members of the Florida Legislature their newest report entitled, Repeat Drug-Offenders in Prison: Not Your Low-Level, Non-Violent Offender.

Florida Sheriffs Association Distributes $1.05 Million to Sheriffs’ Offices

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce more than $1 million in grant funding available to Florida sheriffs. These dollars were approved by the FSA Board of Directors...

Flagler County Public Safety Telecommunicator Selected as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2021 Dispatcher of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that Public Safety Telecommunicator Specialist McKenzie Davis of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2021 Dispatcher of the...

Orange County Corrections Officer Honored as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2021 Corrections Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that Orange County Corrections Officer Sergeant Frederick Carter has been selected as the 2021 Corrections Officer of the Year. Each year,...

FSA & FSU’s Institute for Justice Research and Development Announces “Resiliency Behind the Badge” Training Program Alongside Speaker Chris Sprowls and Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr.

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and Florida State University’s Institute for Justice Research and Development (IJRD), alongside Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) and Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson,...

2020 Florida Sheriffs Academy Prepares New Sheriffs

The Florida Sheriffs Association values integrity, fairness, commitment, and accountability, which are the foundation for the 2020 Florida Sheriffs Academy. This specialized in-person and online course guides newly-elected Florida sheriffs...

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County Awarded the PERF Leadership Award

The Florida Sheriffs Association is proud to announce that Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Leadership Award. PERF’s...

The Florida Police Chiefs Association and The Florida Sheriffs Association Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Heroes: Attorney General Ashley Moody Joins the Call

The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) are designating the month of September 2020, to honor the service and sacrifice of Florida law enforcement officers...

Florida Sheriffs Association Continues Work with State Farm to Improve Teen Driving and Keep Florida’s Roads Safe

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce once again that State Farm has generously granted $75,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge, an educational course that provides teen driver...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Board for 2020-2021

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 2020-2021 year. The newly-elected...

Criminal Intelligence Analyst David Roscoe of the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office Named 2020 Florida Sheriffs Association Civilian of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased today to announce Criminal Intelligence Analyst (CIA) David Roscoe of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is the recipient of the 2020 Florida...

Lieutenant Benny Solis of Miami-Dade Police Department Recognized as the Florida Sheriffs Association’s 2020 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is honored to announce that Lieutenant Benny Solis of the Miami-Dade Police Department has been selected as the 2020 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The...

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

The Florida Sheriffs Association, in annual tradition, has awarded scholarships to hardworking students studying toward a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field. These students look to...

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarships to Outstanding STEM Students

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...

FSA Statement on Death of George Floyd and Arrest of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin

As President of the Florida Sheriffs Association and on behalf of all Florida sheriffs, I offer our sympathies to the family of George Floyd. The Minneapolis police officer used deadly...

Florida Sheriffs Association Grants $5K Reward to Help Sheriff’s Office

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) established the Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program (CAAP) in 2018 to encourage citizen engagement. The goal of the CAAP is to assist sheriffs’ offices to investigate...

Florida Sheriffs Association Grants $1.16 Million to Help Sheriffs’ Offices

Florida sheriffs can get the resources they need to best serve their community through three new Florida Sheriffs Association grants. The Board of Directors approved more than $1.1 million in...

Florida Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Debunk the Myth That Drug Offenders in State Prison Are Non-Violent, Low Level Offenders

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) gathered at the Florida Capitol to debunk the myth that drug offenders in the state prison are non-violent,...

Florida Sheriffs Association Launches Research Institute with Truth in Sentencing Report

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) and more than 30 Florida sheriffs gathered at the Florida Capitol to launch the Florida Sheriffs Research Institute and to release a report on...

Florida Sheriffs Association Names Former President of Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Harry Weaver as an Honorary Sheriff

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest and most successful state law-enforcement associations in the nation, is pleased to announce that it has named Harry Weaver as Honorary...

Orange County Master Corrections Officer Honored as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2020 Corrections Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that Orange County Master Corrections Officer Geovanie Hernandez has been selected as the 2020 Corrections Officer of the Year. Each year,...

Suwannee County Public Safety Telecommunicators Brittany Wheeler and Taylor McCathern Selected as the Florida Sheriffs Association 2020 Dispatchers of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that Public Safety Telecommunicators Brittany Wheeler and Taylor McCathern of the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office have been selected as the 2020 Dispatchers...

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Hallowed Streets Focused on Children Safety During Halloween Activities

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Hallowed Streets, a strategic initiative in 18 Florida counties that focused on Halloween activites throughout Florida. The...

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

The Florida Sheriffs Association, in an annual tradition, has awarded scholarships to hardworking students studying toward a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field. These students look...

Florida Sheriffs Association Continues Work with State Farm to Improve Teen Driving and Keep Florida’s Roads Safe

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce once again that State Farm has generously granted $75,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge, an educational course that provides teen driver...

Florida Sheriffs Association Names Martin County Clerk and Comptroller Carolyn Timmann Honorary Sheriff

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), one of the largest and most successful state law-enforcement associations in the nation, is pleased to announce that it has named the Honorable Carolyn Timmann...

Victim Advocate Supervisor Gina Youmans of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Named 2019 Florida Sheriffs Association Civilian of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased today to announce Supervisor Gina Youmans of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office is the recipient of the inaugural Florida Sheriffs Association Civilian of the...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Board for 2019-2020

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 2019-2020 year. The newly-elected...

Sergeant Jeff Hewitt and Deputy Jared Hewitt of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Recognized as the 2019 Florida Sheriffs Association’s Law Enforcement Officers of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is honored to announce that Sgt. Jeff Hewitt and Deputy Jared S. Hewitt, a heroic father and son team, of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office have...

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Knot Lit Hauled In Significant Numbers to Create Safe Roads and Waterways

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Knot Lit, a strategic initiative in 33 Florida counties that focused on education and enforcement of Florida’s...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2019 Commanders Academy Graduating Class IX

Today, sheriff deputies and personnel representing 31 Florida sheriffs’ offices graduated from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s prestigious Commanders Academy. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2019 Commanders Academy Graduating Class VIII

Today, sheriff deputies and personnel representing 34 Florida sheriffs’ offices graduated from the Florida Sheriffs Association’s prestigious Commanders Academy. The Commanders Academy is an exceptionally informative and educational experience that...

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation School Zone Safety Earned Substantial Numbers to Help Keep Our Children Safe

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation School Zone Safety, a strategic initiative in 40 Florida counties that focused on providing a high level...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces 2019 Legislative Champions

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...

FSA and Leaders Honor Fallen Deputies at Florida Sheriffs Association Memorial Ceremony

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored all of the fallen deputies and officers who served the law and the state of Florida in the line of duty. This year,...

Florida Sheriffs Association Statement on Florida First Step Act—SB 642

Crime victims’ rights matter. When someone steals or injures a Florida resident, or one of our tourists, and a judge sentences that person to prison they should serve their sentence....

Florida Sheriffs Association Statement on Voting Rights Restoration- HB 7089/SB 7086

Victims’ rights and truth in sentencing matter. Defendants should be required to pay victim restitution before regaining voting rights and when judges impose a sentence, a defendant should be required...

Walton County Detention Deputy Honored as the FSA 2019 Corrections Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) is pleased to announce that Walton County Detention Deputy Thomas Corbett has been selected as the 2019 Corrections Officer of the Year. Each year, the...

Alachua County Communications Supervisor Selected as the FSA 2019 Dispatcher of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that Communications Supervisor Jefferson Andress of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2019 Dispatcher of the Year. Each...

Florida Sheriffs Association’s Statement on Tonight’s Election

“Sheriffs all over Florida are pleased citizens took the time to learn about Amendment 10 and voted in favor of protecting their right to elect their constitutional officers. Sheriffs, and...

Florida Sheriffs Association Statement on Hurricane Michael’s Impact and Recovery Efforts

“It's been four days since a monster storm slammed into the Florida Panhandle, destroying an untold number of homes with 155-mile per hour winds and a tremendous amount of storm...

FSA Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

The Florida Sheriffs Association, following in its annual tradition, has awarded scholarships to hardworking students studying toward a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field. These students...

Florida’s Elected Constitutional Officers Launch Amendment 10 Initiative

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....

FSA Continues Work with State Farm to Improve Teen Driving and Keep Florida Safe

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...

Deputy Jesus Madrigal of the Broward SO Honored as the 2018 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Board for 2018-2019

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2018 Commanders Academy Graduating Class VII

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarship to Outstanding STEM Students

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2018 Commanders Academy Graduating Class

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Statement on Murder of Highlands County Deputy William Gentry

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...

FSA Task Force Operation Spring Cleaning Earned Substantial Numbers to Help Keep Florida Safe

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...

FSA and Leaders Honor Fallen Deputies at Florida Sheriffs Association Memorial Ceremony

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Statement on the Murder of Two Gilchrist County Deputies

The Sheriffs of Florida stand united with Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Bobby Schultz, and his team today with the tragic news that two of his deputies were ambushed and...

New Polling Data Shows Miami-Dade Voters Support Electing Constitutional Officers

Today, C.O.R.E. shared new polling data that shows Miami-Dade residents support a key portion of CRC Proposal 6005, which addresses state and local government structure and operation. These results show...

Florida Sheriffs Association Requests Adequate Funding for School Resource Officers

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Statement on Heinous Attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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...

FSA Recognizes Gov. Rick Scott’s Efforts to Keep Floridians Safe and to Support Law Enforcement

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...

Broward County Communications Training Officer Selected as the FSA 2018 Dispatcher of the Year

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....

Brevard County Corrections Deputy Honored as the FSA 2018 Corrections Officer of the Year

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...

FSA Statement on ICE Announcement to Enter into Basic Ordering Agreements with Florida Sheriffs

“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...

FSA Statement on the CRC’s Proposal 49 to Provide Death Benefits for Families of First Responders

"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...

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Operation Deadbolt

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...

FSA Continues Work with State Farm to Improve Teen Driving and Keep Florida’s Roads Safe

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...

Deputy Justin Ferrari of the Volusia County SO Honored as the 2017 FSA LEOY

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Names New Board Leadership

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces 2017 Legislative Awards

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Thanks Gov. Scott for Signing Comprehensive Drug Control Bill HB 477

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2017 Commanders Academy Graduating Class V

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Fallen Deputies at Memorial Ceremony

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...

Florida Sheriffs Respond to ICE Detainer Issue and Request Greater Cooperation from DHS

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Condemns State Attorney Ayala for Dereliction of Duty

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...

Charlotte County Corrections Deputy Honored as the FSA 2017 Corrections Officer of the Year

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...

Collier County Senior Dispatcher Selected as the FSA 2017 Dispatcher of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that Senior Dispatcher Richard Swink of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2017 Dispatcher of the Year. The...

FSA President Addresses Tragic Ft. Lauderdale Shooting

Once again Florida has experienced a tragic shooting incident that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries to innocent people. We applaud the quick response by the Broward County Sheriff's...

2016 Florida Sheriffs Academy Prepares New Sheriffs

The Florida Sheriffs Association values integrity, fairness, commitment, and accountability which are the foundation for the 2016 Florida Sheriffs Academy. This specialized course guides newly-elected or newly-appointed Florida sheriffs in...

FSA Operation Pill Drop Safely Disposes of Nearly 7,000 Pounds of Unused Medication

Prescription pills are the most commonly used and abused drugs among 12 and 13-year-olds. In an effort to proactively combat this danger, the Florida Sheriffs Association Task Force, chaired by...

Statement from Florida Sheriffs Association on Iowa Shooting and Recent Law Enforcement Deaths

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) today released the following statement from FSA President and Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings, in response to the deadly police shootings in Iowa and...

FSA and FPCA Joint Statement on Support of Law Enforcement

Recently, there have been several tragic, unnecessary shootings that resulted in the death of law enforcement officers in cities like Dallas and Baton Rouge. Law enforcement officers are the peacekeepers...

FSA Awards Scholarships to Students Studying LE and Criminal Justice

The Florida Sheriffs Association, following in its annual tradition, has awarded scholarships to hardworking students studying toward a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field.

FSA Statement Regarding the Marion County Sheriff’s Office

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarship to Outstanding STEM Students

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 Honors Fallen Deputies at Ceremony

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces 2016 Legislator of the Year and Legislative Champions

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2016 Commanders Academy Graduating Class

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,...

Florida Sheriffs Taskforce Unveils Results of its 2016 Sexual Predator Operation

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...

Sheriffs Applaud Passage of Legislation to Reform Death Benefits for Families of Fallen Officers

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...

Statement on Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act

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...

Seminole County Deputy Julie Sienko Honored as the FSA 2016 Corrections Officer of the Year

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...

Polk County Communications Officer Erica Martin Honored as the FSA 2016 Dispatcher of the Year

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces Alternative Proposal to HB 163/SB 300 – Open Carry

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...

Florida Sheriffs Stand Behind Sheriff Gualtieri, Continue to Oppose Open Carry Legislation

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...

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Announces Results for Operation Safe Schools

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces Cold Case Review Team

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Names New Board Leadership

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...

Taylor County Deputy Robert Lundy Honored as the 2015 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association and State Farm Continue Efforts to Improve Teen Driving and Save Lives

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Names 2015 Legislative Champions

Last night, the Florida Sheriffs Association announced the recipients of the 2015 Legislative Champion awards during their Summer Conference in Broward County.

Bill Powers and Roger Bouchard Named Honorary Sheriffs

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...

FSA Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

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.&

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Announces Results to Protect Youth in Operation Dry Spring

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...

Committee of 99 Honors Deputies and Officers for Outstanding Service

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Fallen Deputies at Ceremony

The Florida Sheriffs Association honored all 356 deputies and officers, including three recently fallen whose names are etched on the FSA Memorial Wall.

Jackson County Communications Officer Deborah Mathewuse Honored as FSA Dispatcher of the Year

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

Brevard County Deputy David Arquette Honored as FSA Correctional Officer of the Year

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.

FSA Announces Position on SB 528 and Core Legislative Principles Surrounding Medical Marijuana

Today, Florida’s Sheriffs met at the FSA Winter Conference to discuss critical legislative issues, including medical marijuana, that are facing the state.

Florida Sheriffs Association Weighs in on Pot Vote

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards State Representatives

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...

Florida Sheriffs Institute Hosts DEA

Sixty participants represtent 28 law enforcement agencies attend the DEA's Basic School, with curriculum coordinated by the DEA Miami Field Office.

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Staff

The Florida Sheriffs Association, today announced Matthew Dunagan has joined  the FSA team as the  Assistant Executive Director of Operations.

St. John’s and Volusia Sheriffs Present Legislative Champion Award to Senator Thrasher

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.

Sheriffs Present Legislative Champion Award to Senator Simmons

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.

Results From the Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Cyber Vigilance

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 

Florida Sheriffs Association Names New Board Leadership

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

FSA Recognizes State Farm for Commitment to Improving Teen Driving with President’s Award

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...

Miami Dade Officer Mario Gutierrez Honored as 2014 FSA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

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.”

Florida Sheriffs Association Presents Legislative Champion Award to Senator Jack Latvala

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.

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces the 2014 Commanders Academy Graduating Class II

The Florida Sheriffs Institute Commanders Academy graduated its second class July 11, 2014. Class 2, comprised of 29 commanders representing 26 sheriffs’ Offices, took the legacy established by the charter...

Sheriffs Award 2014 Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

he 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.

Grassroots Coalition Launches to Educate on Dangers of Marijuana

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...

Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Fallen Officers at Ceremony

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) honored all 350 officers, including seven new officers whose names were recently etched on the FSA Memorial Wall.

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Staff

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...

Seminole County Cpl. Joseph Klinger Named FSA Corrections Officer of the Year

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.

Florida Sheriffs Pass Resolution to Oppose the Legalization of Marijuana

Florida’s sheriffs have passed a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana in Florida.

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Safe Families Targets Domestic Violence

Today, the Florida Sheriffs Task Force announced the results of Operation Safe Families, the latest operation aimed at protecting youth and families in Florida.

Florida Sheriffs Institute Graduates First Commanders Academy

Charter class received 64 hours of instruction on law enforcement leadership, management skills, and issues specific to the unique Office of the Sheriff.

First FSA Legislative Staffer of the Year Award Presented to Chase Daniels

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...

Six Florida Sheriffs’ Offices Receive COPS Hiring Grants

Nearly $6 million in funding aimed at creating law enforcement positions, including school resource officers.

FSA Hosts First Commanders Academy

The Florida Sheriffs Association and partners have developed training specifically geared to top level management at Sheriffs' Offices around the state.

FSA Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

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.

FSA to Launch Blog

First message about Florida's Missing Children's Day at the Capitol, by Steve Casey.

FSA Announces New Staff

The Florida Sheirffs Association is excited to have Tansesha Williams, Drew Terpak and Hariet Sespico join the staff.

Additional Detail on the Florida Sheriffs Association Vote to Support Stand Your Ground Law.

Additional details were released surrounding the vote to support the Stand Your Ground law.

The Florida Sheriffs Association Supports the Stand Your Ground Law.

FSA President Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd annoucned that Florida Sheriffs support the Stand Your Ground law as it is currently written.

Florida Sheriffs Association Names New President

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has been elected as President of FSA.

Deputy Tim Liberatore is 2013 Florida Sheriffs Association’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

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

Florida Governor Scott Signs Legislation for the Safety of Floridians

Governor Scott joined Sheriffs and legislators from across the state for a ceremonial bill signing before the conference banquet.

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New Staff

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce that  Drew Terpak, Harriet Sespico and Tanesha Williams have joined our team.

Sheriffs Present Legislative Champion Award to Representative Matt Gaetz

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.

Pasco County Sheriff Presents Legislative Champion Award to Senator Simpson

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.

Col. Joseph Bradshaw Receives Florida Bar Claude Pepper Award

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office General Counsel is recognized for making an extraordinary contribution as a practicing government lawyer.

FSA Law Enforcement Coordinator Retires

After more than forty years in law enforcement, the Florida Sheriffs Association’s Law Enforcement Coordinator Roy Hudson has chosen to retire.

Statement from FSA Regarding Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

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.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office presents on how CIT impacts the community

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.

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award Committee Reviews Applicants

The review committee for the FSA's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award met to consider this year's applications.

Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Fallen Officers at Ceremony

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...

Media Alert:  Fallen Officer Honored for Their Ultimate Sacrifice

The Florida Sheriffs Association is holding a memorial ceremony to pay tribute to our fallen officers.

Florida Sheriffs Association Gets New Conference Planning Leadership

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.

Unprecedented Results in “Operation Dry Spring”

Florida Sheriffs Task Force announces unprecedented results to protect youth, prevent drug and alcohol abuse in "Operation Dry Spring."

Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Governor Rick Scott with Legislative Champion Award

The Office of Governor Rick Scott today announces the governor was honored to receive the Florida Sheriffs Association Legislative Champion Award.

Florida Sheriffs Association and State Farm Commit to Improving Teen Driving

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce State Farm’s contribution of $100,000 to the Teen Driver Challenge.

Florida Sheriff’s Task Force Sets Sights on Spring Break Safety

The Florida Sheriffs Task Force has launched Operation Dry Spring aimed at protetcing Florida's youth during Spring Break.

FSA President Appointed to National Sheriffs’ Association’s Board of Directors

FSA President and Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton has been appointed to the National Sheriffs' Association's Board of Direcrtors.

Frank Messersmith Made Honorary Sheriff

The Florida Sheriffs bestowed their highest honor on this former lawman, lawmaker and retiring governmental consultant.

Brevard County Corporal James Ris Honored as FSA Corrections Officer of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association has announced that Corporal James Ris has been selected as the 2013 Corrections Officer of the Year.

Florida Sheriffs Association Selects New Government Affairs Coordinator

The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce the selection of Tabitha McDonald to fill the role of Government Affairs Coordinator.

FSA Wraps Up Successful New Sheriffs Institute Training for Florida’s Newest Top Cops

The Florida Sheriffs Association has concluded its 2012 training of the newly-elected Sheriffs across the state.

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Nets Nearly 12,000 Felony Arrests During Operation “Felon Sweep”

The Florida Sheriffs Task Force wrapped up a three-week operation where they worked to remove felons from Florida's streets.

Miami/Dade Detective Oscar Plasencia is selected as 2012 Deputy Sheriff of the Year

The Florida Sheriffs Association awarded Detective Plasencia with this honor at the FSA summer conference that was held in Kissimmee, FL

Florida Sheriffs Association Names First Female President

Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton will be the first female president of FSA, taking over the duties of Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards Scholarships to Students Studying Criminal Justice

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.

FSA Announces New Public Safety Services Coordinator

Law Enforcement veteran David Brand has been selected to fill the position

Florida Sheriffs Task Force Announces Five-County Cyber Predator Operation Most Successful to Date

A total of 119 predators were arrested in this five-county initiative

Florida Sheriffs Association Honors Fallen Officers

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.

Florida Sheriffs Association to Host Memorial Ceremony

The Florida Sheriffs Association will be hosting a law enforcement memorial on May 7, 2012 at their Memorial Wall.

State Farm Contributes, Commits to Teen Driver Challenge

During FSA's Mid-Winter conference, State Farm presented a check for $100,000 to support the Teen Driver Challenge program.

Polk County Deputy Jonathan Bowman Honored as FSA Corrections Officer of the Year

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.

Florida Sheriffs Association Opposes Casino Destination Resorts

The Florida Sheriffs Association opposes the expansion of gambling into South Florida with new casino destination resorts.

Setting record straight on juvenile detention facilities

FSA President and Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson speaks out on the issue of juvenile detention facilities

Florida Sheriffs Association Staff Member To Serve On National Jail Inspector Forum

The FSA Jail Services Coordinator, Isaiah Dennard will represent Florida on the Chief Jail Inspectors Forum with the National Institute of Corrections.

FSA Appoints New Assistant Executive Director of Operations

Florida Association of Counties Legislative Advocate Sarrah Carroll was selected for her extensive experience in state government and legislation.

Crime Down in Florida First Half of 2011

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...

Florida Aims To White Out Teen Crashes

FSA supports the Florida DHSMV efforts to "White Out" teen crashes in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Florida Sheriffs Association Awards State Representatives

FSA recognizes various state representatives for their support of a strong public-safety agenda in the 2011 legislative session.

FSA Announces Collaborative Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative

FSA announces Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative in conjunction with Florida Missing Children's Day at the Capitol

Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative

Media alert:  FSA holds press conference to announce collaborative Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative.

Media Statement on Libertarian Party and TSA

FSA released a media statement addressing the issue of TSA agents allegedly violating the fourth amendment

Palm Beach County Sheriff Receives FPAA Leadership Award

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw was recognized by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Media Statement on Self Insurance Fund Committee

FSA elects Sheriff Harvey as Executive Director and Sheriff Eslinger and Chairman of the committee

Deputy Con Kelley Honored as the 2011 Florida Sheriffs Association Deputy of the Year

Clay County Deputy Con Kelley was honored as Deputy Sheriff of the Year at the Florida Sheriffs Association's summer conference

Florida Sheriffs Association Announces New President

The Florida Sheriffs would like to congratualte Volusia County Sheriff Ben F. Johnson as the incoming president of FSA

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Six to Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council

Sheriffs James F. Coats and Ben F. Johnson appointed to Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Eslinger and Musco to Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Sheriff Eslinger to Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems

FSA Seeks Assistant Exec Director of Operations

The Florida Sheriffs Association is seeking an Assistant Executive Director of Operations to help lead one of the largest law-enforcement associations in the country.

Latest Sex Sting Operation Nets 32

Lake County Sheriff's Office "Operation Summer Nights" gets 32 sexual predators off the streets.

Employees From Two Sheriffs’ Offices Win National Awards

The National Sheriffs Association selects law-enforcement professionals from two Florida Sheriffs' Offices for national awards.

FSA Awards Scholarships

Florida Sheriffs Association awards scholarships to students studying Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

Pill Mill Legislation Signed by Governor

Surrounded by Sheriffs, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs "Pill Mill" legislation into law.

Executive Leadership Conference A Success

FSA's Executive Leadership Conference ended last week and by all accounts it was a success. See photos from the event.

Dennard Selected As FSA Jail Services Coordinator

Florida Sheriffs Association Selects Isaiah Dennard as Jail Services Coordinator.

FSA Dedicates New Headquarters

With a nod to the past, the Florida Sheriffs Association dedicates new headquarters to usher in the future

Media Alert: Building Dedication and Open House

The Florida Sheriffs Association Hosts Much-Anticipated Building Dedication Ceremony and Open House

Florida Crime Lowest in 40 Years

Governor Rick Scott Announces Florida Crime Rate at 40-Year Low

Sheriffs Bring Spotlight to Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention month and the Florida Sheriffs are helping bring the spotlight to the issue throughout the state.

FSA Takes Action to Combat Child Abuse

The Florida Sheriffs Association participates in activities to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Seven Sheriffs Appointed to “Drug Strike Force”

Seven Sheriff selected to serve on Gov. Scott's "Drug Strike Force."

Governor Scott Announces Statewide Drug Strike Force

Governor Rick Scott announced a comprehensive statewide response to criminal drug trafficking in Florida. His Statewide Drug Strike Force will assist local law-enforcement agencies in the battle against "pill mills."

Spring Break Sex Sting Nets 21 Men and Women

Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer says of the operation, "It was very fruitful, I hate to say." Among the arrested are a Universal Studios security guard and Lake County couple.

FSA Launches New, Integrated Website

FSA's new website offers an e-newsletter, Web 2.0 technology and hourly legislative updates via Lobbytools.

Sheriffs Support AG Bondi’s Position on Restoration of Civil Rights

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) supports Attorney General Pam Bondi’s recent efforts regarding the Restoration of Civil Rights.

Just Published! Annual Guide to Government

The Florida Sheriffs Association 2011 Annual Guide to Government is here! Featuring government official and Sheriffs' bios, a state government chart and more.

Two Florida Sheriffs Appointed to Fraud “Strike Force”

Two Florida Sheriffs have been appointed to the Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force.

FSA 2011 Mid-Winter Conference Highlights

The Florida Sheriffs Association 2011 Mid-Winter Conference a resounding success.

FSA 2011 Correctional Officer of the Year

Jefferson County Correctional Deputy Marie McClamma named Correctional Officer of the Year (includes video).

Alarming Rise in LE Officer Fatalities in 2010

The number of U.S. law enforcement fatalities spiked by 37 percent in 2010, on the heels of a two year decline; Florida in the top four.

FSA Recognizes AG and Cabinet

Florida Sheriffs Association President Harrell Reid presents a proclamation to Florida Attorney General and Cabinet.

Juv. Delinquency At Record Low

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice says delinquency rate has fallen.

Monroe Sheriff’s Office - Holiday Safety Tips

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office offers helpful "Holiday Safety Tips."

Have You Served 40 Years?

The Florida Sheriffs Association offers a special Honorary Membership to Sheriffs' Office employees with 40 years of service or more.

Three Deputies Shot

A domestic violence incident in Escambia County Friday ended with multiple wounded, including three deputies - one of them, Jeremy Cassady, remains in critical condition.

Operation Grim Reaper Nets 22 Sex Offenders

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office operation "Grim Reaper" resulted in 22 arrests of sexual predators. Citrus Sheriff Jeff Dawsy warns predators, the operation is "going on the road."

National Teen Driver Safety Week

Car crashes remain the number one killer of American teens and in observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 17-23), State Farm and the Florida Sheriffs Association announce a...

Semi-Annual Report on Crime - News is Good

According to the 2010 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report, crime in Florida is down 4.8 percent from the first half of 2010 over the same period last year. Total violent crime...

FSA Presents Legislative Leadership Awards

During 2010 legislative session, there were a number of key legislators that the Sheriffs counted on to ensure a successful session. The Florida Sheriffs Association has identified those legislators who...

LCSO Sgt. Honored for Missing Child Case

On Monday, September 13, 2010 Sergeant Larry Folsom was named the 2009-2010 Florida Missing Children’s Day Local Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. This award recognizes a local law enforcement...

FSA 2010 Deputy Sheriff of the Year

Orange County Sheriff's Office Deputy Michael Kleinfelt is described as a "very professional, motivated law-enforcement officer." As part of OCSO's mounted patrol unit, in 2009, he made 39 felony arrests,...

2009 FSA Correctional Officer of the Year

For nearly 20 years, the Florida Sheriffs Association has been selecting one Corrections professional annually to honor as the Correctional Officer of the Year. It is never an easy job...

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