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25 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
60. Matt Griffin – The Journey to Midnight
In this episode, FSA speaks with Matt Griffin about the importance of deputy wellness. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and it is vital that first responders take the time to become more aware of their own mental health. Matt speaks about his own journey and how he almost lost his life to suicide. His book, The Journey to Midnight, is a roadmap that accurately describes the dangerous path of unattended trauma, but more importantly, the pathway to successful recovery.
35 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
59: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (SC)
In this episode, FSA shares the remarks U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina provided to sheriffs at their summer conference in Kissimmee. Sen. Scott received FSA’s National Legislative Champion Award for his work on sound public safety and police reform legislation during the 117th session of Congress. Sen. Scott talked to the sheriffs about his message of hope and opportunity for our nation, and he also fielded questions from sheriffs on the topics of accreditation, the current status of police reform legislation as well as immigration enforcement.
25 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
58: Dr. Charlie Scheer on Deputy Recruitment & Retention
In this episode, FSA speaks with Dr. Charlie Scheer during the 2022 Major County Sheriffs of America Summer Conference. Dr. Scheer is an assistant professor of criminal justice at The University of Southern Mississippi. His research focuses on police workforce management, training and police legitimacy. He has published research on police recruitment and retention strategies, and we discuss his recent findings on this important topic. Dr. Scheer also remains a part-time sheriff’s deputy in Mississippi.
30 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
57: Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis
In this episode, FSA speaks with the new president of the Florida Sheriffs Association, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis. Learn about what makes Hernando County great, why Sheriff Nienhuis began his career in law enforcement and public safety initiatives he has planned for the near future. We also take listener questions!
37 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
56. Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC) Sheriff Garry McFadden
In this episode, FSA speaks with Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC) Sheriff Garry McFadden during the 2022 Major County Sheriffs of America’s Summer Conference. Sheriff McFadden was elected to serve as the 45th sheriff of Mecklenburg County in 2018. Prior to being elected sheriff, Garry had a distinguished 36-year law enforcement career with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, where he served for over 20 years as a legendary homicide detective. Hear how Sheriff McFadden is using his life experiences to continually connect with people and how these connections are making the Queen City and the county a safer place to live.
27 minutes | Jul 5, 2022
55. Salt Lake County (Utah) Sheriff Rosie Rivera
In this episode, FSA speaks with Salt Lake County (Utah) Sheriff Rosie Rivera during the 2022 Major County Sheriffs of America’s Summer Conference. Sheriff Rivera was sworn in as the first elected female sheriff in the state of Utah in 2017. Hear why Sheriff Rivera is so passionate about finding alternatives to incarceration by supporting programs such as drug addiction treatment, mental health treatment and additional housing for the homeless. Also learn more about the unique role the sheriff plays as CEO over the United Police Department of Greater Salt Lake.
48 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
54: St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick
In this episode, FSA speaks with St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick about his first two years in office. Sheriff Hardwick was elected sheriff in 2020, and during his time in office he has made use of new technology to solve crimes at the forefront of his work. Learn more about the rich 200-year history of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office as well as why keeping the citizens of this county safe is such a unique and rewarding experience.
45 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
53: Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly
In this episode, FSA speaks with Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly. Currently the vice president of the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association, Sheriff Staly highlights the many ways in which the organization helps its 16,000 members every day. We discuss why Florida’s Truth in Sentencing law is so important to keep violent criminals behind bars and why the law is personal to him. Sheriff Staly also talks about some of the innovative programs he utilizes on the street and in his jail to keep his community safe.
0 minutes | May 25, 2022
52. Wakulla County Sheriff David F. Harvey (Retired)
In this episode, FSA speaks with retired Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey about his induction into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Sheriff Harvey was first elected sheriff of Wakulla County when he was only 26 years old and went on to serve nine terms as sheriff. Sheriff Harvey performed many important roles at FSA including chair of the Legislative Committee and president. After his retirement, he went on to work as the first executive director of the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund. We end the episode by hearing from Sheriff Harvey during his recent acceptance speech at the Hall of Fame ceremony at the State Capitol.
53 minutes | May 10, 2022
51. Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter
In this episode, FSA speaks with Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter. Sheriff Hunter is a past president of FSA, and we talk about the importance of FSA’s Commanders Academy and why he comes and instructs for every class. We also discuss improvements to the Florida Model Jail Standards Commission, the rich history of the Office of Sheriff in Florida and why implementation of Amendment 10 in Miami-Dade County is so important for the elected and independent Office of Sheriff.
24 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
50. St. Charles Parish (La.) Sheriff Greg Champagne
In this episode, FSA speaks with St. Charles Parish (La.) Sheriff Greg Champagne. Located about 20 miles upriver from New Orleans, St. Charles Parish was recently hit by Hurricane Ida. Sheriff Champagne attended FSA’s winter conference to address all the sheriffs, but specially to thank and recognize the five Florida sheriffs' offices that sent deputies to support his parish in the aftermath of the hurricane. Learn more about the rich history of Louisiana and about sheriffs helping each other, not just in the state, but when sheriffs call for help out of state as well.
20 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
49. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno
In this episode, FSA speaks with Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno. First appointed sheriff in 2018, Sheriff Marceno was subsequently elected in 2020. Sheriff Marceno has been at the forefront on community engagement and finding ways to keep his citizens safe. He has hit the ground running after becoming sheriff by implementing several modern policing initiatives and even has a podcast aimed at solving cold cases.
24 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
48: NSA President Sheriff Vernon Stanforth
In this episode, FSA speaks with the current president of the National Sheriff Association, Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. First elected Sheriff of Fayette County, Ohio in 1996, Sheriff Stanforth talks about how his role as sheriff has changed over the years in protecting the citizens of his rural southwestern Ohio county. Sheriff Stanforth was also a past president of the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association and has served on the National Sheriffs Association Board of Directors since 2007.
56 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
47: Legislative Recap – Sine Die Edition
In this episode, we wrap up the 2022 legislative session and talk with Representative Mike Giallombardo about his recently passed cybersecurity bill (HB 7055). We also discuss his legislation that will further expand support for first responders and correctional officers diagnosed with PTSD (HB 689). We conclude with a discussion on a successful session for public safety and sheriffs with our contracted lobbyists, Jennifer Green and Tim Parson of Liberty Partners.
32 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
46. Week 8 Legislative Recap
In this episode, FSA provides a Week 8 legislative recap. We discuss the status of the FSA’s top priorities and this year’s comprehensive school safety bill that is now on its way to the governor’s desk. We also chat with Representative Stan McClain about his district and what’s ahead for the last week of the 2022 legislative session.
18 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
45. Week 7 Legislative Recap
In this episode, FSA provides a Week 7 legislative recap. We discuss the status of one of FSA’s top priorities (SB 7040/HB 7029), which will allow, not require, judges to hold juveniles in secure detention, or be placed on supervised release (home detention), for more than the current 21 day maximum when juveniles have committed serious crimes. We also chat with FSA lobbyist Angela Drzewiecki of GrayRobinson about all the legislative work that still needs to get done with less than two weeks to go.
28 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
44. Week 6 Legislative Recap
In this episode, FSA provides a Week 6 legislative recap. HB 3 passes the full House and sheriffs' office employees were recognized as Law Enforcement Officer of the Day in consecutive days in the House, and one of them was Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook! We also sit down with one of FSA’s lobbyists, Jennifer Green of Liberty Partners, to find out where all the big policy issues are with less than three weeks to go in the 2022 session.
23 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
43. Week 5 Legislative Recap
In this episode, FSA provides a Week 5 legislative recap that includes an overview of a bill that would prohibit a person from protesting in front of someone’s residence. Listen to Orange County Sheriff John Mina testify in support of this bill in committee. We also sit down with Erin Rock of The Southern Group to talk about the state budget. This year’s budget will surpass $100 billion, and we review what will be in the House and Senate budgets.
14 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
42. Week 4 Legislative Recap
In this episode, FSA provides a Week 4 legislative recap. We hear from Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson and Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil on their work in supporting HB 3, a great public safety bill that will improve the recruitment, retention and training for law enforcement officers. We conclude the episode with comments from House Speaker Chris Sprowls on the importance of protecting crime victims.
23 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
41. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio
In this episode, FSA shares the remarks U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio provided to sheriffs at their winter conference in Jacksonville. First elected to the Senate in 2010, Senator Rubio has set an important objective for himself while in office: to help bring the American Dream back into reach of those who feel it is slipping away. Senator Rubio talks about his support for the sheriffs’ public safety mission as well as sharing his insights into the steps necessary to improve the lives of all Floridians.
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