Date: August 29, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Consumer Alert:  Organization with No Ties to the Florida 
Sheriff’s Association Making Telephone Solicitation Calls

Recently, the Florida Sheriff’s Association advised me and the other Florida Sheriffs that there  is a group called “The Florida Sheriffs Deputies Association” or “FSDA” making telephone solicitation calls to raise money.  People receiving such phone calls have reported feeling intimidated and even pressured to donate money to this organization, partly because they mistakenly think the caller is from the Florida Sheriff’s Association.

I urge the public to be advised that the Florida Sheriff’s Association is in no way affiliated with the Florida Sheriffs Deputies Association—the “FSDA” is, however, affiliated with a labor union.  Upon closer inspection of the “FSDA” website (located at, that web address is actually the official website of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.

Incidentally, The Florida Sheriff’s Association is a not-for-profit corporation made up of all 67 Sheriffs of Florida, approximately 3,500 business leaders and 85,000 citizens throughout the state. If you have any questions about the Florida Sheriff’s Association, please visit their website ( to learn more about them, or contact the Florida Sheriff’s Association at (850) 877-2165.  The Florida Sheriff's Association and Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches NEVER solicit by phone.  Both the FSA and FSYR use direct mail to inform the public about their activities and to invite their support.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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