At 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Fort Meade Substation, located at 15 NW 1st Street, Sheriff Grady Judd and Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton presented the Florida Sheriffs Association Legislative Champion Award to Senator Denise Grimsley of Sebring. Senator Grimsley represents citizens in Okeechobee County, and parts of Highlands, Martin, Osceola, Polk, and St. Lucie counties in Senate District 21.
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 2014 legislative session, there were a number of key legislators the Sheriffs counted on to ensure a successful session regarding important public safety issues.
Senator Grimsley demonstrated her innate concern to protect vulnerable populations through her sponsorship of legislation that enhanced local control over sexually violent predators. Local law enforcement can now consult with the team that reviews these predators for civil commitment and state attorneys can refer sexually violent offenders who are sentenced to the county jail for civil commitment. This is a tremendous step in the right direction for law enforcement and public safety. Additionally, as the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Senator Grimsley was a leader in ensuring an equitable funding formula was implemented for sheriff's offices that provide child protection investigations.
“In law enforcement, we see men and women stand in the gap between good and evil every day,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “These men and women are silent champions – working daily to keep their communities safe. And it is leaders like Senator Grimsley who are our champions working each day to support law enforcement and focus on key issues we need to do our jobs to the best of our ability.”
“Senator Grimsley has proven to be a law enforcement advocate who is willing to tackle tough issues and has demonstrated an unconditional commitment to Florida’s sheriffs and to the safety of Florida’s citizens.” Sheriff Susan Benton
"I appreciate this recognition. Our Florida sheriffs and their deputies are not only making us safe every day, they are making us proud. Professional law officers are the first line of defense for our families and communities. I'm proud to work in partnership with them in Tallahassee." Senator Denise Grimsley
“The Florida Sheriffs Association is honored to recognize these legislators for their tireless work to support Florida’s Sheriffs and all law enforcement across the state,” said St Johns County Sheriff and FSA President David Shoar. “FSA applauds our partners in the Capitol for their continued support in protecting all Floridians.”
For more information on the legislative priorities of the Florida Sheriffs Association, please visit http://www.flsheriffs.org/legislative.