Florida Police Chiefs Association Update–Week Ending March 23, 2012

Mar 23, 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 March 23, 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.




State Looks Into Sloppy Evidence-Keeping

Local Police Chief Asks For Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigation

Cash found stashed in a ceiling and in case file folders was just one reason why Ormond Beach’s current police chief asked Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers to look into his department’s evidence-keeping.


Florida cop car crash task force set to begin work

The law-enforcement officers who lead a new statewide task force on patrol-car crashes plan to spend months studying crash data, listening to experts and looking into possible reforms.


Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles:  Florida Highway Patrol to Ticket Aggressive Cars and Trucks

Cutting off a big truck could cost you a fine, if you survive.


Pill Mill Strike Force Results

Florida’s Drug Enforcement Strike Force Teams have put a dent in the out-of-control distribution and abuse of prescription drugs in Florida.


Hialeah police chief leaving to join Miami Beach force

‎After 28 years with the Hialeah Police Department, Chief Mark Overton is leaving for the beach.


Northwest Florida Regional Airport hires police chief, sergeant

‎Northwest Florida Regional Airport has hired a former St. Johns County sheriff’s deputy to run its new in-house police department.


Coral Springs Police promote one of their own

‎Coral Springs’ Deputy Police Chief Tony Pustizzi was promoted to the chief’s job and will be pinned with his new badge Friday at 9 a.m. at the Coral Springs Police Department.


Suspended Alabama Police Chief Arrested On Florida Kidnapping Charge

‎The suspended Flomaton police chief has been arrested on a kidnapping charge for allegedly making an unauthorized arrest across the state line in Century.


South Florida law enforcement officers, Hollywood Police Chief graduate FBI National Academy

‎John V. Gillies, special agent in charge of the FBI in Miami, announced the graduation of six South Florida law enforcement officers March 16 from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


New York State Set to Add All Convict DNA to Its Database

New York is poised to establish one of the most expansive DNA databases in the nation, requiring people convicted of everything from fare beating to first-degree murder to provide samples of their DNA to the state.





U.S. Department of Justice–The Future of Crime Prevention: Developmental and Situational Strategies

This paper addresses developmental and situational crime prevention.  Developmental prevention refers to interventions designed to prevent the development of criminal potential in individuals, especially those targeting risk and protective factors discovered in studies of human development.  Situational prevention refers to interventions designed to prevent the occurrence of crimes by reducing opportunities and increasing the risk and difficulty of offending.  The authors discuss what is known about the effectiveness of the two strategies, gaps in this knowledge, and research strategies to address those gaps.  To advance knowledge about the effectiveness of developmental prevention, the authors recommend a new generation of longitudinal-experimental studies.  In addition, more evaluations should be designed to test hypotheses rather than to test a multiple-component intervention technology.

U.S. Department of Justice–Report to the Nation, Fiscal Year 2011

This report highlights the National Institute of Correction’s accomplishments during Fiscal Year 2011.  During the reporting period, the Institute increased professional development and training opportunities for correctional leaders and staff, enhanced its communications efforts, and continued to provide technical assistance to practitioners in the field.  The Institute also developed and fostered an increasing number of partnerships with industry stakeholders

MDRC (Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation):  Transitional Jobs for Ex-Prisoners: Implementation, Two-Year Impacts, and Costs of the Center for Employment Opportunities Prisoner Reentry Program

This report presents interim results from an evaluation of the New York City-based Center for Employment Opportunities, a highly regarded employment program for ex-prisoners.  It found that the program operated smoothly during the study period, and most program group members received the core services.  More than 70 percent of the program group worked in a transitional job; the average length of that employment was about eight weeks.  In addition, the program generated a large but short-lived increase in employment, driven largely by the program’s transitional jobs.  By the end of the first year of the study period, the program and control groups were equally likely to be employed, and their earnings were similar.  The program reduced recidivism during both the first and the second year of the study period.

U.S. Department of Education:  Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2011

This report examines crime occurring in school, as well as on the way to and from school, and presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers and principals.  In 2010, students ages 12-18 suffered approximately 828,000 victimizations at school, including 470,000 thefts and 359,000 violent victimizations, 91,400 of which were serious violent victimizations.  A greater number of students ages 12-18 experienced victimizations (theft and violent crime) at school than away from school.  In 2010, 32 victimizations per 1,000 students occurred at school, and 26 victimizations per 1,000 students occurred away from school.  The total crime victimization rate of students ages 12-18 at school declined from 43 victimizations per 1,000 students in 2009 to 32 victimizations per 1,000 students in 2010.

Journal of Police Studies–Technological Innovations in Crime Prevention and Policing: A Review of the Research on Implementation and Impact

New technological innovations have been developed to prevent crime and to improve the performance of the police.  This article examines a range of new technological innovations that have applications in the areas of crime prevention generally and crime control by police in particular.  It provides a description of recent technological innovations, summarizes the available research on the extent of adoption in the United States, and reviews the available research on the impact – both intended and unintended – of each form of new technology on crime prevention and police performance.  The article also discusses three issues – militarization of crime prevention and policing, coercive versus non-coercive technology, and public versus private sector control over crime prevention and policing – raised by both proponents and opponents of what has come to be known as the second technology revolution.

Government Accountability Office Report GAO-12-509T:  Preliminary Observations on Department of Homeland Security’s Efforts to Improve Employee Morale

Government Accountability Office Report GAO-12-303Department of Homeland Security Needs Better Project Information and Coordination among Four Overlapping Grant Programs

Government Accountability Office Report GAO-12-464T:  Actions Needed to Reduce Overlap and Potential Unnecessary Duplication, Achieve Cost Savings, and Strengthen Department of Homeland Security Mission Functions

Government Accountability Office Report GAO-12-322 on State and Local Government Pension Plans:  Economic Downturn Spurs Efforts to Address Costs and Sustainability

Government Accountability Office Report GAO-12-507T on CybersecurityChallenges in Securing the Modernized Electricity Grid

Government Accountability Office Report GAO-12-324 on Defined Benefit Pension PlansRecent Developments Highlight Challenges of Hedge Fund and Private Equity Investing

Florida Legislature’s Office of Public Information: Personal Injury Protection





Criminal Justice


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Governmental Oversight and Accountability


Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security






Notice of Development of Rulemaking

If requested, the Florida Department of Transportation will schedule a Rule Development Workshop to clarify the regulatory process for permitting the temporary closure of state roads.  The proposed Rules would address the procedures local governments must follow in order to temporarily close state roads for special events.  Filming on state roads would also be addressed. A new Rule is being promulgated to set forth criteria for filming and special events on limited access facilities. If the Workshop is scheduled, the following Rules would be considered:



Scope, Exceptions, and Definitions


Temporary Closing of State Roads Other Than Limited Access Facilities


Temporary Closing and Special Use of Interstate and Other Limited Access Facilities


Procedures for Special Use of State Roads Including Limited Access Facilities


Special Events and Filming on Limited Access Faciliti

Contact:  Deanna R. Hurt, Assistant General Counsel and Clerk of Agency Proceedings, Florida Department of Transportation, Office of the General Counsel, 605 Suwannee Street, Mail Station 58, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0458, deanna.hurt@dot.state.fl.us


Florida Department of Law Enforcement Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing

The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.

DATE AND TIME:  Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Florida Criminal Justice Educators Association Meeting, 8:30 a.m.; Training Center Director Board Meeting, 1:00 p.m.; Training Center Director Basic Recruit Committee, 2:00 p.m.; Training Center Director Physical Fitness Committee, 2:00 p.m.; Training Center Director Advanced Training Committee, 3:00 p.m.; Training Center Director Rules Committee, 3:00 p.m.; Training Center Director Technology Committee, 3:00 p.m.; Training Center Director Open Forum, 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Training Center Directors Association Business Meeting, 8:30 a.m.; Probable Cause Determination Hearings, 10:00 a.m.; Regional Criminal Justice Selection Center Directors Association, 1:00 p.m.; Commission Workshop on Florida CMS Correctional Officer Basic Recruit Training Program, 2:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 10, 2012, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Business Agenda, 8:00 a.m.; Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Officer Disciplinary Hearings, 9:30 a.m.

PLACE: Hilton Naples Florida Hotel, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, Florida 34103, (239)430-4900 or 1(800)445-8667. Group Name: FDLE 2012, Group Code: FDL. Guestroom Rate: $97.00 each night for Single/Double from 5/6/12 – 5/11/12; Reservation Deadline: April 20, 2012. Check-in 3:00 p.m. or after and Check-out 12:00 Noon

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 can be viewed or downloaded after April 23, 2012, at: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/getdoc/91a75023-5a74-40ef-814d-8e7e5b622d4d/CJSTC-Home-Page.aspx

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Donna Hunt at (850) 410-8615 or e-mail: 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: lorimorea@fdle.state.fl.us.  If you have questions about hotel accommodations, contact: Cheryl Taylor at (850) 410-8657 or e-mail: cheryltaylor@fdle.state.fl.us.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Donna Hunt at (850)410-8615 or e-mail: donnahunt@fdle.state.fl.us.  If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).