Florida Police Chiefs Association Update: Week Ending March 1, 2013

Mar 1, 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 March 1, 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.





Task force calls for keeping “stand your ground” law, with tweaks

The 44-page report says all persons have a right to feel safe and secure in Florida and have a fundamental right to defend themselves from attack with proportionate force.


Florida Hit Hard by Tax Identity Fraud

Bruce Parton was only a few weeks from retirement after 30 years as a mail carrier in sunny Florida.


Florida Posts 32 percent Drop in Youth Lock-Up Rate Since 1997

Declining juvenile crime rates and more emphasis on keeping teens out of the criminal justice system have resulted in a major drop in lock-up rates both in Florida and nationwide.


Bipartisan agreement on police and fire pensions passes first committee stop

A bipartisan compromise on a measure changing how cities can spend the insurance premium tax money that funds police and firefighter pensions cleared its first committee Thursday, but the measure still faces resistance from cities and unions.


License plate for fallen law officers

A bipartisan compromise on a measure changing how cities can spend the insurance premium tax money that funds police and firefighter pensions cleared its first committee Thursday, but the measure still faces resistance from cities and unions.


Police chief delivers dose of reality

It’s not very often that a bumptious United States senator has his tuchus so very publicly handed to him, especially in the midst of a congressional hearing. But when it does happen, it’s a thing of beauty.


Campaign to enforce safety belt law starts Friday

The University of Florida Police Department is joining other law enforcement agencies across the state in a “Click It or Ticket” campaign starting Friday through March 16.


Q&A:  New Sanford police chief says he’ll listen before making changes

When Cecil Smith takes over as Sanford police chief April 1, one of his top tasks will be to help the city heal from years of racial mistrust between officers and black residents.


Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa Taking Steps To Curb Crime

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa says he’s taking steps right now to curb crime after a violent week in the Miami area in which two 16-year-old boys have lost their lives to gunfire and two others have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds.


Lake City Police Department earns accreditation

The Lake City Police Department has earned accreditation from a state board that examines the standards, policies and procedures of law enforcement agencies.


University of Central Florida Police to Undergo Voluntary Accreditation Process; Public Able to Leave Comments

The University of Central Florida Police Department will undergo a review of its policies, procedures, management and operations by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation beginning March 11, UCF said in a recent statement.


Oakland Park Gets New Police Chief

Newly promoted Capt. Allan Hubrig is the city’s new chief of police, serving as district chief overseeing operations for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.


Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack has been on the job two years

As the casket of Lakeland police Officer Arnulfo Crispin is put into a hearse outside of the Victory Church in Lakeland, Police Chief Lisa Womack salutes.


Broadway appointed police chief of Clermont

Charles Broadway has been named the new police chief for the city of Clermont, effective December 11.


Cavanaugh elected president of the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association

John T. Cavanaugh Jr., chief of police for the Lee County Port Authority Police Department, has been elected president of the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association for 2013.


Man’s Best Friend is No Friend to the Fourth Amendment

The United States Supreme Court showed its bias toward academic degrees, and its predilection to undervalue the dictates of experience on the streets, when it unanimously ruled in mid-February that it did not matter that a drug-sniffing dog might perform abysmally in the field.





Florida Governor’s Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, Final Report

This report provides recommendations regarding Chapter 776, Florida Statutes and its implementation.  It includes a statement of support from the taskforce for the principle that all persons who are conducting themselves in a lawful manner have a fundamental right to stand their ground and defend themselves from attack with proportionate force in every place they have a lawful right to be.  Additionally, several recommendations for legislative review were proposed including review of the term “unlawful activity” in Chapter 776; review of applicable standards for recognized neighborhood watch groups; examination of the definition of “criminal prosecution” as defined in Section 776.032(1); legislative consideration whether the civil immunity provision should extend to innocent third-party victims; and review of Florida’s 10-20-Life law to eliminate any unintended consequences.


Urban Institute:  The Role of Screening and Assessment in Jail Reentry

A reentry system must be able to determine which people should be prioritized for intervention and what issues need addressing to enhance their chances of success and reduce their risk to the community. Assessing individual risk and need factors for this purpose is a crucial component of effective reentry work.  This brief presents the two-stage screening and assessment process to determine risk and need levels that is a core element of the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) model.  Further discussed is the role of screening and assessment in the TJC model and how to select and implement screening for risk of reoffending and assessment of criminogenic risk and need factors, as well as how to integrate risk and need information into comprehensive jail intervention strategies.





March 12

Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: March 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: Indian River State College, Criminal Justice Institute, 4600 Kirby Loop Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981.

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The Criminal Justice Professionalism Program announces a public meeting for a Probable Cause Determination to which all persons are invited to attend. The purpose is to determine if probable cause exists to proceed with possible disciplinary action against certain criminal justice officers.

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Lori Morea, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Professionalism Program, Bureau of Standards, Professional Compliance Section, P. O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302, (850)410-8625 or by email at lorimorea@fdle.state.fl.us.  For more information, you may contact: Training and Research Manager Stacy Lehman, FDLE Professional Compliance Section, at (850) 410-8645.



Final Adopted Rules (click on a hyperlink to access the complete Rule information)


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General Program Provisions



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Annual Salary Incentive Compensation Report



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Regional Training Areas



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Establishment of Regional Training Councils



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Officer Training Monies Budget and Expenditure Categories



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Courses and Requirements for Basic Recruit Training, Advanced, and Instructor Training Requiring Proficiency Demonstration



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Advanced Training Program



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Application and Award Procedures