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Frequently Asked Questions - Resource Services Section 
 
1. What are the requirements concerning the Child Restraint Law?
2. What is the law concerning funeral escorts?
3. Does the Sheriff’s Office accept donated dogs to be used in their Canine Unit?
4. Will the Sheriff’s Office furlough an In-mate to attend a funeral?
5. Can I hire an off-duty deputy to provide security at a party?
6. I would like to hire a deputy to escort a wide load and I have obtained a State Permit. What else do I need?
7. Will the Sheriff’s Office provide an off duty deputy to work an event inside the city limits?
8. Who do I contact if my son/daughter is not being treated fairly at school by a teacher or administrator?
9. My son/daughter is having trouble at the bus stop with other students. Who do I contact?
10. Can a School Resource Deputy interview my son/daughter at school without notifying the parent or guardian in advance?
 
Answers
 
1. What are the requirements concerning the Child Restraint Law?

Answer: s.s. 316.613 The vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state shall provide protection of a child 5 years of age or younger by using a crash tested, federally approved child restraint. For children aged through three years, such device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or seat belt may be used.

2. What is the law concerning funeral escorts?

Answer: s.s. 316.1974 Operators of vehicles in a funeral procession shall have the right-of-way at intersections. When the lead vehicle lawfully enters the intersection regardless of the traffic control device or at the direction of law enforcement personnel, the remaining vehicles may follow. The lead vehicle may be a non-law enforcement vehicle. It must be equipped with one lighted circulation lamp, amber light, visible under normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of 500 feet from the lead vehicle.

3. Does the Sheriff’s Office accept donated dogs to be used in their Canine Unit?

Answer: No. The Sheriff’s Office has found it is more cost effective to purchase a dog that has received primary Canine Training. These dogs are guaranteed and if they the dog does not pass certification; it will be replaced at no additional costs.

4. Will the Sheriff’s Office furlough an In-mate to attend a funeral?

Answer: No. The Sheriff’s Office will transport an in-mate to a funeral for the death of the immediate family, such as mother, father, brother, sister, spouse or their children. We will transport for grandparents in extreme circumstances. The in-mate must qualify as outlined in General Orders, and the family is responsible to pay the expense to have off-duty deputy’s transport.

5. Can I hire an off-duty deputy to provide security at a party?

Answer: No. Deputies may not be hired to work off duty as a security guard. The deputy cannot work a detail when the primary reason for the request is due to alcohol being served and consumed.

6. I would like to hire a deputy to escort a wide load and I have obtained a State Permit. What else do I need?

Answer: If the route includes a County Road, you will also need a County Permit. This may be obtained by calling Mrs. Murphy at the County Administrative Building. Her number is 534-4020. When you have the permits, you must also FAX a copy to CSX Police Communication Center when the escort will travel through a railroad crossing. The FAX Number is 1-800-232-0144. Once this has been done the Special Detail Lieutenant will review the request and determine how many deputies will be required to do the escort.

7. Will the Sheriff’s Office provide an off duty deputy to work an event inside the city limits?

Answer: A vendor must contact the police agency having jurisdiction where the detail is located. If that agency cannot provide the off duty officer, they must contact the Sheriff’s Office Detail Coordinator and request assistance.

8. Who do I contact if my son/daughter is not being treated fairly at school by a teacher or administrator?

Answer: The deputies are assigned to the schools to provide security on the grounds during school hours. They are assigned to enforce Florida State Statutes, not the School Code of Conduct. If the problem is with the facility, you need to need contact Mr. Fred Murphy’s Office and request to talk with Mr. McDonald. The phone number is 534-7309. If it is a problem with discipline, you need to contact Mr. Greg Bondurant at 499-2728.

9. My son/daughter is having trouble at the bus stop with other students. Who do I contact?

Answer: There are several ways to address this problem. If the bus stop is located inside a city limits, you can contact that police agency with jurisdiction. If it occurs outside a municipality, you may contact the Sheriff’s Office and a deputy will be dispatched. The student may also report it to the School Resource Deputy when they arrive at school.

10. Can a School Resource Deputy interview my son/daughter at school without notifying the parent or guardian in advance?

Answer: Yes. Florida Law does not require a School Resource Deputy or Police Officer to notify you in advance. It only requires the deputy or police officer to notify you as soon as possible when the student is arrested.