Florida Police Chief’s Association Update: Week Ending June 8

Jun 11, 2012

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 June 8, 2012.  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.




Stand Your Ground law task force will hear from law enforcement, attorneys and public on Tuesday

The stage is set for a possible showdown Tuesday over Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law in Central Florida, not far from the Sanford community where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.

  • To view the Task Force Web page, click here.


Florida Department of Law Enforcment Announces Multi-Year Real Estate Scam Arrest

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Regional Operations Center, in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office announce the arrest of one individual as part of a real estate scam that spanned at least three Florida counties over the past two years.


Tampa Police Chief Readies for Crush of Visitors, Protestors at GOP Convention

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor dropped by the WUSF studios this morning for a talk on how preparations are going for the upcoming Republican National Convention. More than 50,000 people are expected to descend on Tampa for the four-day event.


Records:  Sanford paying for 2 police chiefs   

The Seminole County branch of the NAACP will ask for the firing of Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who stepped down temporarily after the Trayvon Martin death investigation in February.


Miami police chief punishes speeding officers

In the most sweeping crackdown on police speeding yet, Miami’s top cop announced on Monday that he is taking action against 36 of his officers for driving off duty at speeds sometimes exceeding 100 mph.


Florida leads nation in longer prison sentences, study finds

‎Thanks to its gung-ho approach to lengthening jail time, Florida led the charge in beefing up prison sentences during the past two decades at a taxpayer cost of more than $1 billion a year, according to a new study by the Pew Center on the States.


Embattled St. Augustine Beach police chief resigns

‎Trying to avoid the tension of a long investigation into alleged illegal actions, Police Chief Richard Hedges turned in his retirement papers Monday afternoon.


FBI getting explosives training in St. Augustine

Cars exploded into the air Wednesday in a field near the St. Augustine Airport.

Some residents look forward to Port St. Lucie police chief candidates forum 

The chief of police candidates soon will find the tables turned when residents question them about their policing background, leadership skills and how they plan to develop the police department.


Florida: ”We’re No. 1!” for political corruption

It may seem like a different Florida political figure finds him- or herself embroiled in scandal every week. 


Gap found in background screening for gun permits

‎For as long as a decade, Florida hasn’t been conducting further background checks on applicants for gun-carry permits in cases where the fingerprint cards submitted were illegible.


Drones could soon be flying in Florida skies

Drones that have killed hundreds, if not thousands, of suspected terrorists in the tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan soon may be patrolling the skies over Florida and the rest of the United States.


Police department volunteers help fill in gaps 

Until three years ago, Fort Pierce resident Kathi Gore had never worked in law enforcement in any capacity.


New York judge lets Occupy lawsuit proceed against cops   

A judge gave the green light Thursday to a lawsuit against Police officers in the arrests of 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters last year on the Brooklyn Bridge, but he dismissed the city and its top officials from liability.





    • The Florida Department of Legal Affairs Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs has proposed amendments to Rule 2A-8.005, entitled “Adjustments to Reflect Consumer Price Index” which are intended to reflect changes to law enforcement officer death benefits with regard to the recent changes in the Consumer Price Index.  To view the notice and proposed Rule text, click here.
    • The Florida Department of Corrections has proposed amendments to Rule 33-602.210 entitled “Use of Force,” which establishes guidelines governing the use of force and/or restraints to protect persons or property, prevent escape, restore order, maintain custody and control, and to enforce Department of Corrections Rules.  The changes are primarily organizational in nature and certain technical terminology is updated.  Correctional staff continues to be directed to use the least amount of force necessary to control a disturbance and to cease the escalation of use of force upon gaining offender compliance.  Use of force must be supervised (whenever possible), fully documented, and only administered by properly trained staff.  Additionally, officers at work camps are permitted to carry an MK-9 sized OC dispenser.  A process is established whereby the Office of Inspector General can refer an investigation to the warden.  The amount of time a warden has to forward use of force reports and relevant tapes to the Inspector General is lengthened from 5 to 11 days.  To view the text of the proposed Rule, click here.
    • The Florida Deparment of Corrections has proposed amendments to Rule 33-208.001, entitled “Personnel – General” in order to update organizational chart titles for community corrections staff.  To view the notice and proposed Rule text, click here.




    June 26

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission announces a public meeting on June 26, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. to determine whether or not probable cause exists to pursue disciplinary action against the certification of sworn correctional, law enforcement or correctional probation officers.  Location:  Florida Department of Law Enforcement Headquarters, 2331 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32308.  Telephone: (850) 410-8600.  To view the meeting notice, click here.


    July 8 – 11

    60th Annual Florida Police Chiefs Association’s Summer Training Conference & ExpositionHarbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


    July 10-12

    2012 Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Annual Training SymposiumSawgrass Marriott, 1000 PGA TOUR Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida  32082.  Toll-Free: 1-800-457-4653


    August 20 – 24

    Advanced Law Enforcement Executives Seminar:  Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista, 8100 Lake Street, Orlando, Florida.