Florida Police Chiefs Association Update: Week Ending November 30, 2012

Nov 30, 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 November 30, 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.





Study:  Florida Leads States in Ticketing Speeding Drivers

Speeding drivers are more likely to get ticketed in the Sunshine State than in any other state, according to a new study from CarInsuranceQuotes.com, an auto insurance services provider.


New York Times:  Another Shooting May Test Florida Law

In what could become another test of Florida’s broad self-defense law, a software developer charged with killing a Jacksonville teenager said he reached for his gun and fired eight rounds only after he was threatened with a shotgun.


Goal of New Florida Project on Accountable Justice:  Less Crime for Less Money

Florida State University announced Tuesday the formation of a new bipartisan think tank devoted to assisting policymakers in reforming the Sunshine State’s criminal justice system.


Sarasota’s ACLU claims police target homeless

The ACLU claims the City of Sarasota is at war with the homeless. ACLU attorney Michael Barfield claims there is a culture of contempt and abuse of Sarasota’s homeless by the police department.


Captain Paul Sutton to serve as acting Sarasota police chief

Captain Paul Sutton will serve as Acting Police Chief for one month effective tomorrow Saturday, December 1.


Sanford city leaders consider hiring consultant for police department

Last month, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation reviewed the police department’s policies and procedures and gave it stellar remarks.


St. Petersburg gets new assistant police chief, promotes several others

The city got a new assistant police chief on Friday, part of batch of promotions at the agency.


Melbourne OKs union deal with police

Melbourne leaders approved changes to the city’s police pension plan that will reduce the cost to taxpayers by about $400,000 for the retirement benefits.


Oviedo police up for accredidation

The accreditation status of the Oviedo Police Department is up for renewal and the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation is asking for the public’s input to help them assess the police department.


St. Augustine Beach residents meet police chief applicants

About 40 Beach residents turned out Monday night to meet and greet the five law enforcement officers who made the cut from 200 applicants who want to be the city’s new chief of police.


Jacksonville police, fire retirees to get end-of-year bonus

The 2,000 or so retirees in Jacksonville’s Police and Fire Pension Fund will receive an end-of-year bonus, paid for with state money designated for extra benefits.


Town Hall on juvenile justice is well-attended

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice held a town hall-style meeting on Tuesday night to get feedback from the community about its newest initiative.


Boynton Police Department reaches out with social media

The Police Department that is no stranger to bad press is using social media to help rebrand its image.


Blog:  Florida’s Love Affair With the Second Amendment

The shooting death of 13-year-old Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus on a school bus is so sad that it defies description.


Column:  Liability issues may complicate Neighborhood Watch choices

Q:  I would like to know if a “Neighborhood Watch” program is normally considered a separate entity from that of the association board’s jurisdiction?





U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs:  Correctional Populations in the United States, 2011

There were 6.98 million offenders under the supervision of the adult correctional systems at yearend 2011, a decrease of more than 98,900 offenders during the year (figure 1).  The adult correctional systems supervise offenders in the community under the authority of probation or parole agencies and those held in the custody of state and federal prisons or local jails.  The 1.4 percent decline in the correctional population during 2011 was the third consecutive year of decline and by yearend, the population dropped below the level observed in 2004 (6,995,900).  At year-end 2011, about 1 in every 34 adult residents in the U.S. was under some form of correctional supervision, down from 1 in 31 in 2007.


U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs:  Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2010

From 1994 to 2010, the overall rate of intimate partner violence in the United States declined by 64%, from 9.8 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older to 3.6 per 1,000 (figure 1; table 1).  The number of intimate partner victimizations also declined, from approximately 2.1 million victimizations in 1994 to around 907,000 in 2010-a decline of about 1.2 million victimizations over the 18-year data collection period.  From 1994 to 2000, similar declines were observed for overall violent crime (down 47%) and intimate partner violence (down 48%).  However, during the more recent 10-year period from 2001 to 2010, the decline in the overall intimate partner violence rate slowed and stabilized while the overall violent crime rate continued to decline.


Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability:  The Protected Innocence Challenge

This report presents an evaluation and review of existing state laws designed to reduce domestic minor sex trafficking.  A “report card” is presented for every state that grades the state on 40 key legislative components that must be addressed in state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor sex trafficking.  In addition, each state receives a complete analysis of this 41-component review and practical recommendations for improvement.  Florida was 1 of 7 states that received high grades for legislative actions to reduce domestic minor sex trafficking.


U.S. Government Accountability Office:  Selected Cases of Commercial Drivers with Potentially Disqualifying Impairments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), part of the Department of Transportation (DOT), has established a number of key controls designed to prevent commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders from operating commercial vehicles while impaired.  First, drivers are required to undergo regular medical exams by a certified medical examiner.  Second, employers are responsible for drug testing employees at various points of employment.  Third, state and federal roadside-inspection programs are in place to identify impaired drivers and perform other safety checks.  If these key controls are operating effectively, they will help identify commercial drivers who are not capable of driving safely.  However, the GAO’s prior work has found that these controls were vulnerable to abuse or manipulation.  The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, enacted in July 2012, will require additional measures to ensure that disqualified drivers do not operate commercial vehicles, and could help address some of these vulnerabilities.  For example, the law requires DOT to implement a national clearinghouse of commercial-driver controlled-substance and alcohol test results by July 2014.


U.S. Government Accountability Office:   U.S. Customs and Border Protection Needs to Conduct Regular Assessments of Its Cargo Targeting System

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), employs a risk-based approach that uses the Automated Targeting System (ATS) and other tools to identify (target) maritime cargo shipments for further examination.  ATS is a web-based enforcement and decision support system that includes a set of rules to assess the risk level for each arriving cargo shipment.  This set of rules is referred to as the maritime national security weight set (weight set) because each rule in the set has a specific weighted value assigned to it.  CBP classifies the risk scores from the weight set as low, medium, or high risk.  CBP policy states that a shipment’s risk score is to determine, in part, actions taken by CBP officers (targeters) at the ports.



Regulatory Update

(Click on the hyperlinks below to access each entry)

Notice/Adopted Section Description ID Publish/Date
View Text Workshop
Agency 11B
The Criminal Justice Standards and Training Officer Discipline Penalty Guidelines Task Force will discuss revisions to the officer discipline ….
  Thursday, January 17, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
  Seminole State College Criminal Justice Institute, Sanford/Lake ….
12310481 11/21/2012
Vol. 38/76
View Text Development
Defines Automated Training Management System (ATMS) Global Profile Report; Requires use of the new ATMS Global Profile Reporting system to access officer/instructor records information; Clarifies the guidelines for retroactive …. 12299423 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
Permits training center directors to appoint or approval fiscal agents to maintain, who are record keepers for Trust fund Officer Training Monies, to meet the operational needs of the regions; Clarifies that a college …. 12294864 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
Updates the Instructor Certification form CJSTC-71 to revise the requirements for reporting instructor affiliation to a training school; Updates the Instructor Competency Checklist form CJSTC-81 to remove the requirement …. 12296610 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
Revises the training school recertification date to correspond with rule language in Rule 11B-21.002(5)(a), F.A.C.; Repeals duplicate rule language for obtaining CJSTC forms; Updates the following forms to revise the …. 12298453 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
Repeals Section 817.567, F.S., regarding “making false claims of academic degree or title,” from the list of misdemeanor or criminal offenses pursuant to new legislation effective 7/1/2011; Revises the oath on the Affidavit …. 12298744 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
11B-30.0062(1): Clarifies the assignment and retake eligibility requirements; 11B-30.0062(1)(a)1.-3.: Deletes redundant rule language because the retired Traditional Law Enforcement basic recruit training program and …. 12298938 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
11B-35.001(1)(c): Makes grammatical revisions in to clarify the sentence regarding post basic and in-service training; 11B-35.001(9)(b): Adds a topic title to the rule paragraph for the definition of “successful completion …. 12299326 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
Rule 11C-4.003, F.A.C.: deletes a reference to the submission of the state identification number (FDLE number) which is not used by FDLE; adds a requirement that arrest charges be submitted using a Florida Statute chapter, …. 12300490 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
Repeals duplicate rule language for completing a user agreement as already outlined in s. 943.0542(2)(a), Florida Statutes by removing the reference to the VECHS User Agreement – Volunteer & Employee Criminal History System …. 12300684 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
11D-6.001(5): Adds the definition of “Labels” to clarify the term “labels” with the implementation of Rapid ID to determine if a sample is needed to be collected from an offender and clarify the ambiguity of the term “labels.” …. 12300781 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75
View Text Development
11D-9.001(8): Deletes obsolete rule references and adds new rule references. 11D-9.001(14): Adds new definition to correspond with the acronym used in Rule 11D-9.006. 11D-9.005(2)(c): Implements procedures for the web-based …. 12300878 11/20/2012
Vol. 38/75