The month is dedicated to remembering and honoring fallen officers and recognizing and supporting the service and sacrifice of those who serve to protect. The resolution was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the Florida Cabinet and presented to representatives of the Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Police Chiefs Association at today’s Cabinet meeting.
The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) announced on Tuesday that they are designating the month of September to honor the service and sacrifice of Florida law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2020, including those who have succumbed to COVID-19 while protecting our communities, and raise awareness of the specific ongoing threat to officers from the COVID-19 virus.
The operation targets those who drive impaired and otherwise jeopardize public safety by disobeying the traffic laws in Florida. This involves a three-day operation in all 67 Florida counties that includes identifying traffic violators and visible signs of impairment, enhancing overall safety, raising community awareness, and more.
A recent analysis examined the criminal history of the 10,917 inmates in FDC custody as of October 2019, who were convicted of a drug-related crime. These inmates accounted for a total of 394,019 prior criminal charges, or an average of 36 charges per inmate, prior to their current incarceration,” the groups added.
Chief Kenneth Albano of the Temple Terrace Police Department was installed as the new president of the FPCA. He announced his plans as president to focus on officer health, safety, and wellness, particularly in light of the rising incidence of police officer suicides.
The FPCA is the latest law enforcement group to endorse DeSantis, joining the Police Benevolent Association, the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association and most sheriffs in the state in backing the Republican.
Caldwell faces Democrat Nikki Fried, an attorney and lobbyist, in next month’s general election.