From the Field

FDSA Continues to Serve its Members Through the Most Challenging Times

It has been a rough couple of months for law enforcement in Florida with the loss of three deputies in three weeks and a report of another line-of-duty death this morning as I am writing this column. It is a stark and challenging reminder of what it means to be a deputy and put on the star every day. There are no guarantees in this line of work, except that no matter what happens to you or your family, there are thousands of men and women who have your back – ready to step in and step up to do whatever is necessary.

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.

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