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Sheriffs Present Legislative Award
Thursday, August 15, 2013

MEDIA RELEASE
August 15, 2013

Sheriffs Sadie Darnell, Rick Beseler, and Gordon Smith Present Legislative Champion Award to Senator Rob Bradley

Melrose, FL (August 15, 2013) – 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 2013 legislative session, there were a number of key legislators who the Sheriffs counted on to ensure a successful session.

The Alachua, Bradford, and Clay County Sheriffs’ Offices will present Senator Rob Bradley with the Legislative Champion Award at a ceremony held today at 2pm at Gallery 26 in Melrose, Florida. Gallery 26 is located at 301 SR 26. (http://gallery26melrose.com/home.html)

Senator Bradley was a great advocate to the Florida Sheriffs Association this past session. He sponsored SB 1162, Mandatory Reports of Child Abuse, a priority bill of the Florida Sheriffs Association, and sponsored other important criminal justice legislation, such as SB 294, which put into statute the Attorney General’s emergency scheduling of new synthetic drugs. "As a former prosecutor I have had the privilege to work with law enforcement in the state of Florida for many years. I now have the distinct honor of working with organizations like the Florida Sheriffs Association again in my capacity as Chair to the Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee. The men and women of law enforcement are vital to the safety and success of our state. It is a pleasure to work with the FSA directly," responded Senator Bradley.

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. “Senator Bradley is a champion and fighter for the rights of citizens in the great state of Florida,” said Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith. “Senator Bradley has actively sought the input from Florida Sheriffs on issues affecting public safety and has moved several key pieces of legislation forward with his leadership,” said Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler. “He is keenly aware that the core function of government is to provide for public safety and we recognize his efforts in that regard.” “Senator Bradley puts the safety and well-being of our citizens first. He is a well-respected and true friend of law enforcement,” said Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell. “The Florida Sheriffs Association is honored to recognize Senator Bradley 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.”

Alachua, Bradford, and Clay County Sheriffs’ Offices and 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 see the 2013 legislative report from the Florida Sheriffs Association, please visit https://www.flsheriffs.org/uploads/Final%20FSA%20Legislative%20Report%202013.pdf
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