Florida Police Chiefs Association Update: Week Ending March 8, 2013
Mar 11, 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 8, 2013. Click on the hyperlinks in bold type to access all information.
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With DNA evidence clearing an increasing number of inmates convicted through eyewitness identifications, law enforcement agencies across the country are changing how they have witnesses pick out suspects from photo lineups.
The police chief of Bal Harbour was fired from the force Friday following an ongoing federal investigation that alleges the longtime law enforcer mismanaged millions of dollars in seized drug money.
Condemned inmates could spend fewer years on death row and have less time for appeals under a bill being championed by state Sen. Joe Negron, which aims to speed up the death penalty appellate process.
More than 150 people have applied to become New Smyrna Beach’s next chief of police, including the current interim chief.
Oviedo police officers may not be in school, but they have earned their credit. Boasting another reaccreditation from state assessors, the department is all systems go for another three years.
The UCF Police Department will undergo a review of its policies, procedures and management this week as part of a rigorous accreditation process, which is expected to further professionalize the agency.
Summerdale’s Police Chief is recovering from surgery in Thomas Hospital. Chief Eddie Ingram, suffered a torn knee ligament and a fractured femur in his left leg while apprehending a suspect.
Pasco City Manager Gary Crutchfield remembers a night early in his tenure when then-Police Chief Don Francis took Crutchfield and several council members on a tour of some downtown bars to show them just how bad the crime was in Pasco in the late 1980s.
The Point Comfort City Council interviewed four finalists for the position of police chief Tuesday night and decided to offer the job to the most experienced candidate.
An investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has cleared Longwood Police Chief Troy Hickson.
Last September, Police Chief Tony Taylor inherited a department mired in scandal and divided in its loyalties.
Internal investigations often yield resignations, demotions
Local police officials say they take the same level of care and concern when they investigate their own officers as they do when they investigate members of the public.
From March 5 to March 7, 2013, local, county, state, and federal agencies will be engaged in a terrorism based training exercise called Chimera. The field training exercise permits specialized teams to work together and test their respective response plans.
The chief of a small-town police department in Tennessee says racists aren’t going to want to be on his force once they find out they can’t get hired without taking a polygraph.
Researchers at Northeastern University and the Urban Institute conducted a 12-site study, including in-depth interviews with 166 stakeholders, to examine the challenges facing state and local criminal justice systems when investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases. The researchers also analyzed data from 140 closed human trafficking case files to determine the characteristics of the cases that attract local law enforcement’s attention and predict adjudicatory outcomes. The researchers found that difficulties arise from several factors, from prosecutors’ unfamiliarity with trafficking laws to a lack of victim trust in law enforcement and poor officer training.
Criminologists from the University of Pennsylvania and officials with Philadelphia’s Adult Probation and Parole Department teamed up to create a computerized system to identify probationers likely to violently reoffend within two years and helps the probation department tailor its officers’ caseloads to probationers’ risk levels. Used for four years, the tool is unique in that it uses “random forest modeling,” a sophisticated statistical approach that does not require a user to know in advance what data will be useful in predicting behavior. This article discusses considerations for other jurisdictions that might be interested in developing a similar tool. The data and the outcomes will be unique to each location, and computer and statistical experts must work hand-in-hand with stakeholders to develop something that meets local needs.
From 1995 to 2010, the estimated annual rate of female rape or sexual assault victimizations declined 58%, from 5.0 victimizations per 1,000 females age 12 or older to 2.1 per 1,000. Females who were age 34 or younger, who lived in lower income households, and who lived in rural areas experienced some of the highest rates of sexual violence. The offender was armed with a gun, knife, or other weapon in 11% of rape or sexual assault victimizations. From 2005 to 2010, 78% of sexual violence involved an offender who was a family member, intimate partner, friend, or acquaintance.
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Police Board announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday May 2, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: An emergency meeting was held by the FDLE Criminal Justice Professionalism Program’s Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute (FCJEI) Policy Board to discuss tuition increases for FCJEI courses, to aid in increasing the revenue for the diminishing funds (due to the economy) in the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Trust Fund, which is the major funding source for the Criminal Justice Professionalism Program. In addition, the FCJEI held election of a new chairperson of the policy board, provided updates to FCJEI Policy Board members on all FCJEI courses, discussed creating a consistent instructor fee structure to include online training initiatives, and provided an update on the status of the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Trust Fund.
The FCJEI agreed to increase the tuition fees for the FCJEI leadership courses; however, the policy board decided to discuss the tuition increases with Florida Sheriff’s Association and Florida Police Chief’s Association prior to moving forward with the fee increases. The FCJEI Policy Board advised that further assessment of instructor fees would be conducted prior to making a final decision. The FCJEI Policy Board elected Punta Gorda, Chief of Police Albert “Butch” Arenal, Chairperson of the Police Board and approved the meeting minutes from June 10, 2010, FCJEI Policy Board Meeting.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Kristi Gordon, Bureau Chief, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2331 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32308, (850)410-7373, email: email@example.com. For more information, you may contact: Kristi Gordon, Bureau Chief, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 2331 Phillips Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32308, (850)410-7373 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Adopted Rules (click on a hyperlink to access the complete Rule information)