Florida Police Chiefs Association Update: Week Ending July 19, 2013

Jul 19, 2013


The following is an informational update on law enforcement news, events, legislative developments and meetings relating to the Florida Police Chiefs Association community for the week ending July 19, 2013.  Click on the hyperlinks in bold type to access all information.

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Florida Police Chiefs Association lobbyists, Colodny Fass& Webb.





Governor Scott rejects call for special session in meeting with protesters

Gov. Rick Scott rejected a call for a special session on the “stand your ground” law as he met late Thursday with student protesters who have spent most of the past three days camped outside his Capitol office.


Florida lawmakers urge overhaul of Stand Your Ground

Florida must either repeal its “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law or enact sweeping changes to avert more tragedies like the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, Democratic leaders of the state’s legislature said on Thursday.


Florida governor won’t seek gun law rollback

Florida’s governor said he will not seek to roll back his state’s controversial gun laws.


Advisory panel to work with Lakeland Police Department

Lakeland’s mayor announced the formation of an advisory commission to recommend ways to improve community trust in the city’s police in the wake of department scandal.


Alachua County Sheriff:  Don’t criticize law enforcement for enforcing drug laws

If Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell refused to hire everyone who admitted on their application to ever using marijuana, she might not have enough deputies to patrol, technicians to process crime scenes, detectives to investigate and the employees in support.


Surfing cops aim to combat drug abuse

In an effort to get youth involved with the sport rather than becoming addicted to dangerous drugs – three Brevard County Sheriff’s officers have recently stepped up their efforts via their nonprofit Law Enforcement Officers Surfing Association.


Coral Gables Police May Test “RoboCop” helmet

A real-life RoboCop is one step closer to reality thanks to 23-year-old University of New South Wales design student Alfred Boyadgis.


Southwest Florida law enforcement needs a few good men, women

The blue-shirted recruits stood about 10 feet apart on the blue-padded mats, waiting for the signal from an instructor.


Shaquille O’Neal Sworn In As Part-Time Golden Beach Police Officer

Former Miami Heat center, Shaquille O’Neal -all 7-feet 3?? pounds of him-was sworn in as a part-time police officer in the posh town of Golden Beach, Florida, reports the Miami Herald.


Honoring Fallen Florida Law Enforcement Officers

Motorcycles lined up rank-and-file, hitting the road for a group ride to the highest point in Florida, to honor law enforcement offers killed in the line of duty.


Killer of St. Petersburg Police Officer David S. Crawford gets September 23 sentencing hearing

A Sept. 23 sentencing hearing has been set for Nicholas Lindsey, the teenager convicted last year of killing St. Petersburg Police Officer David S. Crawford.


Melbourne Police To Serve Coffee At Starbucks July 21

This Sunday, a group of Melbourne Police officers will be donning Starbucks aprons, in addition to their daily patrol uniforms, and serving coffee in the spirit of charity.





U.S. Government Accountability Office:   Data Analytics Challenges for Oversight Agencies and Law Enforcement

In January 2013, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board convened a forum with the purpose of exploring ways in which oversight and law enforcement agencies use data analytics to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud, waste, and abuse, as well as identifying the most-significant challenges to realizing the potential of data analytics and actions that the government can take to address these challenges.


U.S. Government Accountability Office:  More Federal Coordination and Public Awareness Needed to Stop Elder Abuse

Officials representing state aging agencies, area agencies on aging and service providers in the three states visited by the U.S. Government Accountability Office identified the increased demand for elder justice services in a constrained fiscal environment as a major challenge in meeting the needs of the growing older adult population.  Officials also cited the need for greater awareness of elder abuse by the public and training of direct service providers who interact with older adults on a regular basis, to help prevent elder abuse or recognize its symptoms.  Five of the nine regional agency officials GAO spoke with said elder justice issues need to be elevated to national attention for the general public by a national public awareness campaign.  The Elder Justice Coordinating Council is considering a recommendation to sponsor a national campaign but has not yet done so.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Homicide Rates Among Persons Aged 10-24 Years – United States, 1981-2010

Homicide disproportionately affects persons aged 10-24 years in the U.S. and consistently ranks in the top three leading causes of death in this age group, resulting in approximately 4,800 deaths and an estimated $9 billion in lost productivity and medical costs in 2010.  Of homicide among persons aged 10-24 years, rates varied substantially between 1981-2010, with a sharp rise from 1985 to 1993 followed by a decline that has slowed since 1999.  During the period 2000-2010, rates declined for all groups, although the decline was significantly slower for males compared with females and for blacks compared with Hispanics and persons of other racial/ethnic groups.  By mechanism of injury, the decline for firearm homicides from 2000 to 2010 was significantly slower than for nonfirearm homicides.  The homicide rate among persons aged 10-24 years in 2010 was 7.5 per 100,000, the lowest in the 30-year study period.  Primary prevention strategies remain critical, particularly among groups at increased risk for homicide.


U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics:  Capital Punishment, 2011 – Statistical Tables

This report presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2011, persons executed in 2011, and preliminary data on 2012 executions.  At yearend 2011, 35 states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons held 3,082 inmates under sentence of death, which was 57 fewer than at yearend 2010. Of prisoners under sentence of death at yearend, 55% were white and 42% were black.  The 387 Hispanic inmates under sentence of death accounted for 14% of inmates with a known ethnicity.  In 2012, 9 states executed 43 inmates, which was the same number executed in 2011.


Council of State Governments:  Developing a Mental Health Court–An Interdisciplinary Curriculum

This website includes material on a wide range of topics critical to starting and operating a mental health court. Content includes key principles in behavioral health and criminal justice, including material on diagnoses and treatment modalities, assessment for behavioral health and criminogenic needs, and defendants’ legal rights, as well as descriptions of the various practitioners in the mental health, substance abuse, and criminal justice systems.  The curriculum also introduces considerations for convening the right stakeholders, determining whether to start a mental health court, selecting a “target population” for the program, setting program policies, developing and monitoring treatment plans and supervision conditions, and sustaining a mental health court, including data collection and evaluation.


National Center for State Courts:  Trends in State Courts 2013

This report is an annual, peer-reviewed publication that highlights innovative practices in critical areas that are of interest to courts, and is designed to serves as a guide for developing new initiatives and programs, and informing and supporting policy decisions.  Articles range from confronting human trafficking in the state courts to addressing the issue of noncompliant jurors. Several articles in this report focus attention on emerging court technologies.


Vera Institute of Justice:  Justice and Health Connect

People in jail or prison experience disproportionately high rates of chronic, acute, and behavioral health problems compared to the general population.  Information sharing between public health and correctional health systems is a way of improving collaboration between agencies by communicating information in carefully controlled ways.  By sharing information, agencies can identify areas where they can collaborate to benefit the people they serve and eliminate redundancies in the work they do.  This new website aims to increase the capacity of government agencies and community organizations to share information across behavioral health and justice systems and hosts the information and tools necessary to implement information sharing initiatives.


National Juvenile Defender Center:  The Florida Juvenile Collateral Consequences Checklist

This checklist is designed to provide attorneys, judges, and other juvenile justice professionals with current information on the immediate and long term consequences of juvenile adjudications of delinquency in Florida.  It is the responsibility of defense attorneys to explain to the clients and their families the consequences of delinquency court prior to proceeding with consent decrees, adjudicatory hearings or admissions colloquies.  Collateral consequences include both collateral sanctions and discretionary disqualification.  A collateral sanction means a penalty, disability, or disadvantage imposed on an individual as a result of the individual’s adjudication or conviction for an offense that applies by operation of law whether or not it is included in the judgment or sentence.


Florida Attorney General Bondi’s Weekly Briefing

When criminals commit Medicaid fraud, they are essentially stealing from Florida’s taxpayers.  My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has offices throughout the state to combat Medicaid fraud, and the unit is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the Medicaid program.  To view Attorney General Pam Bondi’s complete newsletter online, click here.





July 23

The Florida Department of Management Services’ Division of Communications will hold a public workshop to capture and document the long-term user needs of the Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) from the Law Enforcement Community.

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

PLACE: CCOC- Betty Easley Center, Room 166, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Debi Smith at (850)922-7435 or email at debi.smith@dms.myflorida.com.


July 24

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Health Facility and Agency Licensing will hold a hearing on Rule 59A-35.090  Background Screening; Prohibited Offenses

PURPOSE AND EFFECT: Rule 59A-35.090, Florida Administrative Code, is undergoing a proposed rule that will amend language on how fingerprint background screenings are processed and submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement due to recently passed legislation.  The amended rule language will also repeal all Level I background screening language as it is no longer required.  The Rule amendments would make changes to the way background screenings are processed and submitted to Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the repeal of all Level I background screening language. AHCA Form #3100-0008, October 2009 and AHCA Form #3110-0019, October 2009 are updated to reflect current legislation.

DATE AND TIME: July 24, 2013, 9:00 a.m., EST

PLACE: Agency for Healthcare Administration, 2727 Mahan Drive, Building #3, Conference Room B, Tallahassee, FL 32308

THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Bob Reifinger, Bureau of Central Services, 2727 Mahan Drive, MS#40, Tallahassee, Florida, (850)412-4527.  email: Robert.reifinger@ahca.myflorida.com

To view the complete hearing notice and full text of the proposed Rule, click here.


August 1

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Region XIV Trust Fund Advisory Council public meeting.

DATE AND TIME: August 1, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

PLACE: Miami Dade College, North Campus, Room 9118.

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Discussion of Region XIV Reports and other Region XIV business matters.

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Maevis Pierre, Interim, Region XIV Secretary O., (305)237-1329, email: mpierre6@mdc.edu.


August 6

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission announces public meetings on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

  • Training Center Director Board Meeting, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
  • Training Center Director Basic Recruit Committee Meeting, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
  • Training Center Director Officer Wellness Committee Meeting, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
  • Training Center Director Advanced Training Committee Meeting, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
  • Training Center Director Rules Committee Meeting, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
  • Training Center Director Technology Committee Meeting, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
  • Training Center Director Open Forum, Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
  • Training Center Directors Association Business Meeting, Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
  • Probable Cause Determination Hearings, Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
  • Workshop: Introduction of the 2014 Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Training Program, Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
  • Regional Criminal Justice Selection Center Directors Association, Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
  • Commission Workshop: Review of Trust Fund Revenue Initiatives, Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Business Meeting, Thursday, August 8, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
  • Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Officer Discipline Hearings, Thursday, August 8, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

PLACE: Sawgrass Marriott, 1000 PGA Tour Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082  (for reservation information, click here)

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The above meetings are held to discuss issues relating to standards, training, examinations, certification, de-certification, record management for law enforcement, correctional, and correctional probation officers, Commission rules, officer discipline penalty guidelines, and certification and recertification of criminal justice training schools.  The Commission packet will be posted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Web site by July 23, 2013.

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Donna Hunt at (850)410-8615 or email at donnahunt@fdle.state.fl.us if you have questions about the above meetings. If you have questions about the Officer Discipline Agenda, please contact Lori Morea at (850)410-8625 or e-mail at lorimorea@fdle.state.fl.us. If you have questions about hotel accommodations, please contact Cheryl Taylor at (850)410-8657 or email at cheryltaylor@fdle.state.fl.us. The Commission packet can be viewed or downloaded after July 23, 2013, at: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/getdoc/91a75023-5a74-40ef-814d-8e7e5b622d4d/CJSTC-Home-Page.aspx.


August 19-23

The Florida Police Chiefs Association, in cooperation with the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, has scheduled an Advanced Future Law Enforcement Executives Seminar from August 19 – 23, 2013, at the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida.  This training is structured as a sequel course for graduates of the FPCA/FCJEI’s Future LE Executives Seminar or for those who have been in a command position for three or more years.  For more information, click here.  


August 22

The Region XII Training Council announces a public meeting on Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission updates:  Palm Beach State College/Criminal Justice Institute Assessment Center Updates; Region XII budget approval and any other business.

DATE AND TIME: August 22, 2013, 8:45 a.m.

PLACE: Clayton Hutchison Agricultural Center, Exhibit Hall “A,” 559 Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Sue Voccola at (561) 868-3403.

September 16-20

The Florida Police Chiefs Association, in cooperation with the Florida Criminal Justice Institute, has scheduled a Future Law Enforcement Executives Seminar from September 16 – 20, 2013 at the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista, 8100 Lake Street in Orlando, Florida.  For more information, click here.


September 19

Florida Police Chiefs Association Fall 2013 Board of Directors Meeting  The FPCA Fall Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2013 during the 2013 Future Law Enforcement Executives Seminar being held at the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista, 8100 Lake Street, Orlando, FL 32836.  The meeting will begin at 10:00am, and be held in the Seminole Room.  Lunch will be provided with the Future LE Executive Seminar attendees.  For hotel reservations please contact the Embassy Suites directly at 1-407-239-1144.  Please mention that you are with the Florida Police Chiefs Association and call by August 15, 2013 to guarantee your special room rate of $89 per night, which includes a cooked-to-order breakfast each morning.


January 2014

Florida Police Chiefs Association 2014 Mid-Winter Training Conference and Exposition  The Florida Police Chiefs Association’s 2014 Mid-Winter Training Conference and Exposition will be held January 12 – 14, 2014 at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 and you are cordially invited to attend. Please make your plans now to join us for this outstanding event!To make your reservations please contact the hotel directly at (800) 204-7234, be sure to mention you are with the Florida Police Chiefs Association to secure your special rate which includes self-parking at the hotel.  Click here for driving directions.