Law Enforcement

We meet Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton. She’s the President of the Florida Sheriff’s Association and was recently appointed to the National Sheriff’s Association Board of Directors. 

Born in Miami, Benton has a Master’s degree from Troy State University and is a Certified Public Manager from FSU. She started as a PE teacher but has been a police officer since 1974. She’s also worked in the schools and as a DCF Foster Care Counselor. 

We’ll find out how one of only two women sheriff’s in Florida became the leader she is today.

Juvie Justice Plan Unveiled in Statewide Tour

Nov 19, 2012

Florida juvenile justice officials are starting a tour for feedback on their new plan to reduce the number of teens in lock-up. Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters presided at a packed house in Leon County Thursday - the first stop of a dozen.

On hand was Ruth Nettles, who said she now regrets reporting her daughter to law enforcement for taking the family car. 

For a short period, yesterday, the hunt was on in Pinellas County, Florida for a lady photographed riding a manatee.

The sheriff's department called a deadly serious press conference in which they asked the help of the public in identifying the perpetrator. The lady was wearing a white cap, red shorts and a black bikini top. Witnesses in the area, the sheriff said in a statement, took photographs and contacted police.

Mandatory child abuse reporting law starts Monday

Sep 28, 2012

As of October 1, anyone who witnesses child abuse in Florida is required by law to report it. Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said approximately a quarter of all children are sexually abused before they turn 18.

Law Enforcement Split Worries Over RNC, Isaac

Aug 23, 2012

Representatives of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are keeping a close eye on both last-minute preparations for the Republican National Convention and the path of Tropical Storm Isaac.

John Joyce, who leads the U.S. Secret Service's Tampa office, said the possibility of a hurricane has always been part of their planning for the Convention.

“But now that it’s actually out there spinning, it definitely gives you a little bit more of a pucker effect of ‘Okay, we might actually have to implement some of the planning that we discussed."