Spring 2017

A Message from the President Membership, Chief Albert “Butch” Arenal Coconut Creek Police Department ing our brand.

We’re only a few short months into 2017 and already this year has seen its share of challenges for law enforcement throughout the state and the nation. In just three months, there have been 36 officer fatalities, including two of our own - Lieutenant Debra Clayton with the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Deputy First Class Norman Lewis. Officers have been targeted, ambushed and challenged on a daily basis. But… we’ve also seen wonderful examples of officers stepping up and doing the right thing, and of communities coming together to support their own men and women in blue. Let’s keep up the positive effort!

The legislative session is in full swing in Tallahassee and there are a number of bills that will have a direct impact on our profession if they are passed and signed into law. Some, like House Bill 57 and Senate Bill 70 enhance penalties for crimes committed against law enforcement officers and are extremely positive. Others, like the proposal to mandate civil citations for juvenile offenders that would strip our officers of their discretion and their best judgment, could have long-lasting negative implications. The FPCA staff and our Board of Directors greatly appreciates everyone who has traveled to Tallahassee to meet with legislators or testify, who has responded to questions and who has supported our efforts at the Capitol to protect our officers and our profession. Also, it’s important to recognize our fantastic legislative committee as they work their way through each of the proposed bills, provide feedback, assist in developing strategies, and work to protect the interests of our association and Florida law enforcement. We are fighting for you!

As we continue our commitment to this year’s theme, Honoring our Past, Forging our Future in 2017, our Membership Drive is also making exceptional progress toward our goal of adding 180 new members. As of the end of March, we have added 148 new members! This has been an incredible group effort, from staff to our membership ambassadors throughout the state. Right now, here’s the leaderboard for membership ambassadors:

Marshal Bill Berger – 5

Director Stephan Dembinsky – 3 Major Jon Askins – 3 Chief Butch Arenal – 2

Major Skip Washa—1

Chief Argatha Gilmore—2 Chief Drew Whitman—1 Chief Michelle Morris—1

Remember, whoever achieves the highest percentage of his or her goal will not only receive their Mid-Winter Conference registra- tion for free, but will also receive a Glock 43 9mm pistol, donated by Ted Easterbrook with St. Pete Police Supply. It’s perfect for concealed carry and it’s our way of saying thank you for making this membership drive a huge success. BUT - the winner is still up in the air, so keep up the good work!

If you haven’t already registered for the FPCA’s 65th Annual Summer Training Conference & Exposition, please do so as soon as possible. You won’t want to miss the exceptional speakers or the opportunity to enjoy Trump National Doral from July 8th through July 12th. If you need anything in the meantime, I’m just a phone call away!

As always, I am immensely proud to represent you, the finest collection of law enforcement leaders in the country. Thank you for all you do to protect the citizens of Florida, and for helping to make our state the #1 destination in the country!


On behalf of the Florida Police Chiefs Association staff and board of directors, I am proud to present you with this inaugural edition of the new FPCA digital magazine. As we continue to update and refine our member services we are very excited to evolve this important communication hub for FPCA members into a digital format for law enforcement’s busiest leaders. We look forward to filling the pages of this magazine with important news, legislative updates, member updates, and articles from our best subject matter experts…you! A special thank you goes out to our Executive Di- rector Amy Mercer and her amazing staff for once again raising the bar and enhanc-

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