Florida Sheriffs Association Presents
Legislative Champion Award to Senator Jack Latvala
Tallahassee, Fla. (July 29, 2014) – Each year, the Florida Sheriffs Association recognizes state legislators who have made significant contributions to criminal justice and public safety through their leadership. During the 2014 legislative session, there were a number of key legislators who the sheriffs counted on to ensure a successful session. The Florida Sheriffs Association presented Senator Latvala (R-20) with the Legislator of the Year award this week during the FSA 2014 Summer Conference in St Johns County.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said, “Senator Latvala demonstrates an unconditional commitment to the sheriffs, which has made him an effective advocate and allows FSA to rely on him to make the right decisions that will keep Floridians safe. I am proud to have worked with the senator this session.”
Senator Latvala has an open door policy, and his support of the Florida Retirement System and law enforcement make Senator Latvala an ideal advocate for nearly every issue important to sheriffs.
“I am honored to receive the Legislator of the Year Award from the Florida Sheriffs Association,” said Senator Latvala. “As a legislator, I believe it is important to work with law enforcement officials not only in my district, but throughout the State of Florida to keep our citizens safe. In Pinellas County, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, a number of Police Chiefs and other elected officials on legislation that remains in the best interest of our community and the state, and will continue to do so.”
The Florida Sheriffs Association has identified Florida legislators who gave critical support to Florida’s Sheriffs for bills we supported, as well as who worked through bills of concern and helped us to defeat those bills that were just were not good for Florida.
“The Florida Sheriffs Association is honored to recognize Senator Latvala for his tireless work to support Florida’s sheriffs and all law enforcement across the state,” said Polk County Sheriff and FSA President Grady Judd. “FSA applauds our partners in the Capitol for their continued support in protecting all Floridians.”
The Florida Sheriffs Association will continue to work with our state representatives and senators on legislation geared toward keeping the state’s citizens and visitors safe. To learn more about our legislative priorities for the 2014 legislative session, please visit http://www.flsheriffs.org/legislative/.
The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of Florida’s Sheriffs, approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state. Founded in 1893, FSA has quietly served the citizens of Florida by supporting the needs of the state’s law-enforcement community. Through the Florida Sheriffs Association, Sheriffs are given a forum to address lawmakers to push for positive changes in Florida’s public safety arena. FSA also provides Sheriffs’ Offices much-needed programs such as affordable training, special task forces and legislative and legal services. Dedicated to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the development of lawful, productive citizens, FSA has established and continues to support the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, which manages facilities and programs throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams, and prepare boys and girls for the future. The Florida Sheriffs Association has grown to be one of the largest and most successful state law enforcement associations in the nation. For more information on the Florida Sheriffs Association, visit www.flsheriffs.org.
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Nanette Schimpf, APR, CPRC