Florida Police Chiefs Association Update: Week Ending May 17, 2013
May 21, 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 May 17, 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.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey joined Police Chiefs and Sheriffs following the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association meeting in Ft. Myers to announce the 2012 Annual Uniform Crime Report. The report shows Florida’s crime rate dropped 6.5 percent compared with 2011.
- Florida’s crime rate dropped 6.5 percent in 2012
- Florida Crime Rate Tumbles to 42-Year Low
- Florida Crime Rate Down, Yet Murder Up
- Miami-Dade Crime Down 5.2 Percent In 2012
- Escambia’s Crime Up, Highest Overall Rate In Florida
- Florida crime down, but news not all good in Lee, Collier counties
- Manatee County crime plunges 15.7 percent
In the past, investigations would take months because computers had to be sent away to be analyzed, but FDLE has a mobile forensics lab plus indoor labs that help them turn cases around in about two weeks, officials said.
In the past month, seven people have been shot by law-enforcement officers in Central Florida – some fatally.
The Palm Beach sheriff’s office in Florida has reported a series of malfunctions with their Glock service pistols. The official report cites a “Firing Pin Issue” that was causing misfires.
Investigators announced charges Thursday against 33 people they said were involved in staging accidents for insurance fraud — the latest hit in a three-year investigation that identified about $20 million in fraudulently obtained payouts from insurers.
Two former death row inmates, Seth Penalver and Herman Lindsey, are protesting the progress of the “Timely Justice Act,” a bill that, if passed, would limit the appeals course for those convicted of capital crimes and expedite the process of state executions in Florida.
When Rooter Rush visited the Sebring Police Department decades ago as a teenager it wasn’t his choice back then. He recalled Wednesday he got in trouble for mischief involving sprinklers and minor alcohol law violations.
Jay Romine took over this week as the new director of Manatee Technical Institute’s Law Enforcement Academy. The recommendation to appoint him to the position was approved at Monday’s Manatee School Board meeting. The recently-retired Chief of Police for the City of Holmes Beach brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.
The first competitor in a line of Kevlar-clad men and women stepped forward and pulled the trigger, aiming at a photo of a man holding a gun to a child’s head. After the target was hit, he ran on to the next station ready to take aim again.
With a little bit of exhaustion and feet tired from exploring the nation’s capital, the group of Brevard County Sheriff’s staff that attended National Police Week here is headed for home.
With no shortage of human-on-human misdeeds, criminologists haven’t typically concerned themselves with crimes against wildlife and the environment. But with poaching raging out of control in several areas of the world