Floridians must prepare and be proactive to safely navigate this new and increasingly digital society.
Red Ribbon Week was first established in 1985 in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena. Camarena was abducted by five men and tortured to death. To honor his memory and commitment to fighting illegal drugs, Camarena's family, friends and neighbors began wearing badges of red ribbons. Parent-led coalitions across the country began to follow in Camarena’s community's footsteps in raising awareness on the devastation caused by drug abuse—adopting his belief that one person can make a difference and wearing red ribbons in his honor.
Moody also reminded individuals about the new statewide tip number that recently launched to help Floridians report crimes anonymously.
“Youth diversion” refers to programs and policies that steer children away from the traditional criminal justice process. In Florida, diversion can happen when a police officer gives a young person a warning or civil citation in lieu of an arrest, or when youth are referred to community-based diversion services rather than being detained or adjudicated.