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A LL P OINTS B ULLETIN VOLUME 21 • NUMBER 2 • SUMMER 2011 FLORIDA SHERIFFS 2011 Executive Leadership Conference Equips, Inspires Attendees The Florida Sheriffs Association’s 2011 Executive Leadership Confer-ence for Law Enforcement, Correc-tions and Administrative Personnel, formerly known as the Administrative Management and Jail Conference, pro-vided attendees with a unique opportunity to participate in an event designed spe-cifically for them. “This is training law-enforcement executives typically do not get from other sources or events because the topics are very specific to law enforcement,” said Peggy Goff, FSA Assistant Execu-tive Director of Administration. “The leadership training is more technical and detailed, touching on hot-button issues such as pill mills, internet cafes and other timely topics.” The conference also offers great networking opportunities, Goff said. “With leaders attending from so many Sheriffs’ Offices, they get a perspective they can’t get anywhere else, including chances to network that create unique opportunities to help each other.” The conference included four training tracks on topics and issues including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Jails and Com-mand Staff. Participants could stick with one track or customize the experience by choosing from any of the four training tracks to make up a personalized curriculum. At left, FSA Governmental Consultant Frank Messersmith updates attendees on the outcome of a very busy legisla-tive session. The conference provided training on many topics specific to law enforcement. Inside this issue: Leadership in Transition . . . page 2 Law Enforcement Officers, Supporters Gather at Spring Events . . . page 4 2011 Legislative Recap What Passed and What Didn’t . . . page 6 Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Celebrates Excellence at 2011 Law Day . . . page 11 The Florida Sheriffs Association Distance Learning Project . . . page 15 The program was created with the assistance of committees for each of the tracks, according to Goff. “Each committee made suggestions for topics that they believed were important issues that should be addressed,” she said. “They are a very important component to the success of the program.” The effort to offer the best possi-ble program was met with great ap-preciation, according to Seminole County Chief Deputy Steve Harriet. “This conference is one of the key opportunities that we in the Sher-iffs’ Office family have to come to-gether and work together,” he said. “This is for command staff and operational people, HR and finance Continued on page 5 ALL POINTS BULLETIN H SUMMER 2011 1

2011 Executive Leadership Conference Equips, Inspires Attendees

The Florida Sheriffs Association’s 2011 Executive Leadership Conference for Law Enforcement, Corrections and Administrative Personnel, formerly known as the Administrative Management and Jail Conference, provided attendees with a unique opportunity to participate in an event designed specifically for them.<br /> <br /> “This is training law-enforcement executives typically do not get from other sources or events because the topics are very specific to law enforcement,” said Peggy Goff, FSA Assistant Executive Director of Administration. “The leadership training is more technical and detailed, touching on hot-button issues such as pill mills, internet cafes and other timely topics.”<br /> <br /> The conference also offers great networking opportunities, Goff said.“With leaders attending from so many Sheriffs’ Offices, they get a perspective they can’t get anywhere else, including chances to network that create unique opportunities to help each other.”<br /> <br /> The conference included four training tracks on topics and issues including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Jails and Command Staff. Participants could stick with one track or customize the experience by choosing from any of the four training tracks to make up a personalized curriculum.<br /> <br /> The program was created with the assistance of committees for each of the tracks, according to Goff. “Each committee made suggestions for topics that they believed were important issues that should be addressed,” she said. “They are a very important component to the success of the program.”<br /> <br /> The effort to offer the best possible program was met with great appreciation, according to Seminole County Chief Deputy Steve Harriet.“This conference is one of the key opportunities that we in the Sheriffs’ Office family have to come together and work together,” he said.“This is for command staff and operational people, HR and finance and jail managers -- all in one place. We take back useful information to improve the efficiency in our organizations. We also make great contacts and compare initiatives and efforts so we can learn from each other.”<br /> <br /> Perhaps the highlight of the conference was the keynote address from Col. Danny McKnight,U.S. Army (Ret.), whose story inspired the movie Black Hawk Down. Colonel McKnight, through his presentation, provided a better understanding of the unparalleled commitment and leadership required to be successful when executing operations in the most difficult and severe situations. His real-world experiences associated with his involvement in Mogadishu, Somalia, inspired attendees to apply those values to their lawenforcement efforts.<br /> <br /> The Executive Leadership Conference is an important annual event, according to Harriet -- one worth coming back for. “We work in an ever-changing environment, and it is essential as law enforcement executives to take every opportunity to keep up with trends and issues to protect the quality of life of the people we serve,” he said.“A great example is the legislative update because what happens at the Capitol impacts the way we deliver services, and we need to be apprised of our efforts and the current situations.”<br /> <br /> The success of this year’s event already has organizers thinking about next year. “We are already looking toward next year and are building on our success,” Goff said. “We are always looking for ways to improve and build on previous years.”

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