Florida Police Chiefs Association Update: Week Ending September 21, 2012

Sep 21, 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 September 21, 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.




Stuart Police Chief Edward Morley to retire; assistant chief to take over

Stewart Police Chief Edward M. Morley has announced he will retire, effective September 30, the Stuart police announced today. 


How to Let Florida Police Know How to Contact Your Loved Ones

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Julie L. Jones, executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, are teaming up to encourage Floridians to register their emergency contact information.


Video voyeurs face tougher penalties with new Florida law

Bryan Thomas Drey, a video-voyeurism suspect, told Leesburg police last month that he used two cameras the size of cigarette lighters to film a 26-year-old woman in a Target store fitting room as she changed into a bikini.


Blue Alert System Gathering Support

The founder of an alert system for endangered, missing or shot law enforcement has seemed to find some common political ground.


Shakedown or public service? Mug shot websites spread

Janet LaBarba drank two glasses of wine during dinner at an upscale Dallas restaurant the night she broke up with her boyfriend.


Temple Terrace officer receives state recognition

Temple Terrace Police Officer Adam Lebovitz recently was named a recipient of the “2011 Lee McGehee Police Officer of the Year” award by the Florida Police Chiefs Association.


Sarasota officer fired for excessive force gets job back     

Police officer Christopher Childers got his job back Thursday, nearly three years after he was fired for excessive force and violating department policies.             


Should they stay or should they go? Tampa City Council ponders RNC surveillance cameras  

Tampa officials have to figure out what to do with the more than 100 security cameras they purchased with grant money from the Republican National Convention. City council members grappled over security and privacy concerns amid frustration that they may have signed on for more than they bargained for.


Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Likely To Remain

A panel in Florida tasked with examining the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law is unlikely to suggest that any major changes are needed.


Businesses, public to help choose new design for Ocala Police Department cruisers                           

During a casual conversation over lunch, Ocala police chief Greg Graham mentioned to John Duggan, organizer of the Ocala Pumpkin Run car shows, an idea about redesigning the look of the Ocala Police Department’s patrol vehicles.


Massage therapist suspensions tied to human trafficking                              

The state today suspended the licenses of 81 massage therapists with fraudulent Florida licenses in what officials from Gov. Rick Scott on down are billing as a fight against human trafficking.


Attorney General Pam Bondi Joins The Medicine Abuse Project

The launch of The Medicine Abuse Project, which is from Sept. 24 to Sept. 29, will culminate with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29.





U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics:   Prevalence of Violent Crime among Households with Children, 1993-2010

In 2010, an estimated 2.8 million children age 17 or younger lived in a household in which at least one member age 12 or older experienced violent crime.  This represents 3.9% of all children age 17 or younger living in U.S. households.  Roughly, 1.6 million children ages 0 to 11 and 1.2 million children ages 12 to 17 lived in a household in which at least one member age 12 or older was the victim of violent crime during the year.  Violent crime was greatest among households with children that had an annual income of less than $15,000 (7.0%) and in urban areas (4.5%).


U.S. Department of Justice National Institute of Justice:  A Primer on Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement 

The field deployment of body-worn camera systems (BWCs) by law enforcement practitioners (e.g., patrol, corrections, SWAT and other tactical responders) offers significant advantages in keeping officers safe, enabling situational awareness, and providing evidence for trial.  A major issue with the use of BWCs is a lack of technical and operational standards for protocols and procedures.  Without such standards in place, law enforcement practitioners lack adequate information to select the proper system that meets their requirements.  This report provides an introduction to BWCs and highlights issues and factors that law enforcement organizations should consider prior to and during implementation.


U.S. Government Accountability Office:   Better Implementation of Controls for Mobile Devices Should Be Encouraged

Threats to the security of mobile devices and the information they store and process have been increasing significantly. For example, the number of variants of malicious software, known as “malware,” aimed at mobile devices has reportedly risen from about 14,000 to 40,000 or about 185 percent in less than a year (see figure).





September 25

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Region XIV Trust Fund Advisory Council public meeting on Region XIV reports and other Region XIV business matters; 10:00 a.m.  Miami-Dade College, North Campus, Room 9118, Miami, Florida.


Additional law enforcement meetings and contact information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

September 25-27, 2012

Effective Budgeting for Criminal Justice Agencies

Miami, FL

Sheila Smith

October 1-2, 2012

Developing and Managing Complex Investigations (RICO)

Tallahassee, FL

Sheila Smith

October 16-18, 2012

Ethics, Discipline, and Internal Affairs Investigations

Cape Coral, FL

Sheila Smith

October 29-November 1, 2012

Officer Discipline

Sarasota, FL

Sheila Smith

October 30-31, 2012

Leadership Skills for Professional Development

Sarasota, FL

Sheila Smith