From the Field

Advocacy in Full Swing During 2018 Session

As I write this column, the Florida Legislature is meeting in Tallahassee discussing everything from hurricane relief for farmers to social media and, of course, agreeing on a state budget. There are also dozens of bills being considered, including two that are of specific interest to the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association and our members. As I mentioned in this space last year, FDSA would be more active in 2018 regarding advocacy for our members, especially in the areas that relate to their safety and the protection of their families. As anticipated, there are three items on which we are concentrating our efforts – two pieces of legislation and a proposition that is being heard by the Constitution Revision Commission.

Use-of-Force Incidents

It can happen to you. The dreaded moment when you must use deadly force. Most law enforcement officers finish their entire career without having to do so, yet in today’s world the risk continues to grow. If this happens to you… what is the process, and what should you do? Immediately after a use-of-force incident, once the scene is secure, you will be pulled aside and driven to a different location, usually the main sheriff’s office. At the S.O., usually agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are called in. They will photograph you in your current attire, and will examine your service weapon, etc. Following their investigation at the scene, FDLE will request to interview you and any other party involved.

Crowdfunding Campaign Takes Lend a Hand Program to New Heights

The Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association has raised a record amount in donations for the family of a fallen Lee County deputy, and the number is still growing. Through FDSA’s Lend a Hand program and an ongoing GoFundMe campaign, friends and colleagues of Florida’s law enforcement community have displayed an unprecedented outpouring of financial and emotional support for the family of fallen Lee County Deputy Dean Bardes.

FDSA Board Spotlight: VCSO Chief Deputy John Creamer

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Creamer comes from a long lineage of first responders and public servants. His father was a 30-year firefighter for the City of Tallahassee and his mother worked for Florida State University for more than 30 years. His grandfather worked as a firefighter and police officer during World War II and his uncle served as deputy chief for the Tallahassee Police Department. One could say that Chief Creamer was destined for a life of public service and helping Florida’s citizens.

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