Spring 2017

From the Desk of The Executive Director Dear Members,

Welcome to the first digital issue of The Florida Police Chief magazine, part of our continuing effort to bring quality information in a timely and cost effective manner. We hope you enjoy the new design and layout.

Those of you who joined us at the 2017 Mid-Winter Training Conference and Exposi- tion know it was a success in the number of attendees, the excellent vendor pres- ence and the exceptional quality of the training. Yet we were all shaken by the senseless and tragic death of Orlando Police Department’s Lt. Debra Clayton which occurred just before Opening Ceremonies, followed by the death of Orange County Deputy First Class Norman Lewis. I know I speak for our entire membership when I say we will never forget their sacrifice and the danger our officers face every single day.

Amy Mercer Executive Director

The 2017 Legislative Session opened on March 7, and we are actively tracking a number of bills which you’ll see in our weekly Legislative Bulletin. Our legislative team, including visiting Chiefs, have been meeting with legislators and attending committee meetings on a regular basis. Our top legislative initiative is opposing a bill to mandate juvenile civil citations, which infringes on our officer’s judgment and discretion in the field. We also applaud the recent passage and signing of a bill to return the death penalty back to Florida’s justice system as a deterrent against ex- tremely violent crime.

Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for July 8-12 to join us as we celebrate our 65th Anniversary during our annual summer training conference and exposition. We’ll be at the Trump National Doral – a beautiful setting for this event. Make plans to attend now by registering and reserving your hotel room. I hope to see you there!

As always, it is an honor to serve you. Regards,

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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