Thousands of hours go into training deputies, command level staff and administrative personnel to assure that the community receives the most professional services available today. However, with the rapid growth in crime and changes in the criminal justice system, individual agencies can't do it alone. That's when they turn to the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA). By offering affordable training, providing legal services, and much more -- the Florida Sheriffs Association is making a difference in every community throughout the state.
The Florida Sheriffs Association is a charitable corporation, organized exclusively to enhance law enforcement through educational and charitable purposes by:
• Fostering effective law enforcement through crime prevention, apprehension of criminals and the protection of life and property of the citizens of Florida.
• Conducting training and educational seminars that provide opportunities to exchange information, thereby increasing the knowledge, expertise and performance of law enforcement officers.
• Informing the public of new developments and trends in law enforcement, crime prevention and public safety.
• Working in partnership with state and local government to develop and implement public policies that will ensure a safer Florida for our citizens and visitors.
• Promoting public support of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and its mission.
• Reducing the burden of government on taxpayers by providing essential services to law enforcement that would otherwise be unavailable or require funding at the state or local level.
The Florida Sheriff's Association (FSA), founded in 1893, serves the citizens of Florida as a not-for-profit corporation promoting the interests of Florida's law enforcement community. Headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, the FSA provides an ever-expanding range of administrative and operational services, including law enforcement operations and jail services, to those involved in Florida's law enforcement. The Florida Sheriff's Association garners national recognition and serves as a model for other Sheriff's associations throughout the nation.
The FSA advocates strongly on legislative matters concerning Florida's public safety and criminal justice. The Florida Sheriff's Association furnishes both legislative and legal services to those involved in Florida's law enforcement. Click here to learn about current legislative matters of interest to the FSA.
The Florida Sheriff's Association is strongly committed to education and provides training opportunities on a variety of law enforcement topics to members and nonmembers alike. Visit the FSA training calendar to view upcoming training courses and workshops.
Throughout the year, members of the Florida Sheriff's Association participate in local and national conferences. Visit the events calendar of the FSA for information on current and future events of interest to Florida Sheriff's Association members.
The Florida Sheriff's Association offers programs that allow law enforcement dollars to be spent wisely. The FSA Bid Program works to provide economically priced vehicles that meet the specific needs of Florida's law enforcement and local government agencies. The FSA 1122 Program manages the procurement of equipment necessary for emergency management, homeland security, and counter-drug related activities in a cost-effective manner.
The Florida Sheriff's Association is pleased to recognize outstanding members of Florida's law enforcement with the following honors:
• Deputy Sheriff of the Year
• Corrections Officer of the Year
• TRIAD—a three-way partnership between sheriffs, police officers, and older or retired leaders in Florida communities
Proudly sponsored by the Florida Sheriff's Association, the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches program provides a valuable resource in steering troubled youth away from delinquency and into productive lives. Click here to learn more about this highly successful program.
In order to promote interest in law enforcement as a career, the FSA had developed the Sheriff's Explorers Youth Program. This worthy Florida Sheriff's Association project pairs local law enforcement mentors with area youths.
The FSA is pleased to offer six annual $1000 scholarships to college-bound students who are Youth Ranch residents, Sheriff's Explorers Youth Program members, or children of full-time Florida Sheriff's Office employees. Visit the Florida Sheriff's Association scholarship application page for details on how to apply.
The FSA features several publications:
• The Sheriff's Star magazine
• The Rancher magazine
• All Points Bulletin newsletter
• Sheriffs Manual (3 parts)
• President: Sheriff William O. "Bill" Farmer, Jr., Sumter County
• Vice President: Sheriff Harrell Reid, Hamilton County
• Secretary: Sheriff Ben Johnson, Volusia County
• Treasurer: Sheriff Susan Benton, Highlands County
• Immediate Past President: Sheriff Joey B. Dobson, Baker County
Ex-Officio Board Members
• Chaplain: Sheriff Ed Dean, Marion County
• Sgt. at Arms: Sheriff Wendell Hall, Santa Rosa County
• Executive Director: Steve Casey, Florida Sheriffs Association
District 1: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
• Sheriff Morris A. Young, Gadsden County
• Sheriff David Hobbs, Jefferson County
• Sheriff Bobby Haddock, Washington County
District 2: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union
• Sheriff Sadie Darnell, Alachua County
• Sheriff Tommy Seagraves, Nassau County
• Sheriff David Shoar, St. Johns County (Vice-Chairman of the Board)
District 3: Brevard, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Levy, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia
• Sheriff David Gee, Hillsborough County
• Sheriff Johnny Smith, Levy County
• Sheriff Grady Judd, Polk County (Chairman of the Board)
District 4: Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Miami-Dade, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Sarasota
• Sheriff Stuart Whiddon, Glades County
• Sheriff Mike Scott, Lee County
• Sheriff Paul May, Okeechobee County
Individuals are invited to join the Florida Sheriff's Association as honorary members, and businesses are welcome to join as FSA business members. Visit the Florida Sheriff's Association membership page to discover the benefits of FSA membership and to download an application form.