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Secretary's Messages


  • On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to participate in the 65th Annual Florida Police Chiefs Association’s (FPCA) Summer Training Conference and Exposition in Miami.
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  • Circuit 20 Administrative Assistant Mary Jane Wright was recognized as the Circuit 20 Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2017 during a recent circuit management team meeting.
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  • DJJ Statewide Human Trafficking Director Bethany Gilot traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate on a panel on human trafficking to Florida’s Congressional Delegation.
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  • The Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF), the direct-support organization for the Department, hosted a fundraiser reception in West Palm Beach this past week.
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  • Congratulations to Rand Smith and Sharon Arnold for being recognized as the Information Technology (IT) Employees of the Month for May 2017.
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  • The Orange RJDC welcomed Operations Assistant Division Manager Tiffany Hiatt from theJuvenile Division of the Orange County Clerk of Courts to the facility on June 7 who gave our officers an in-depth training.
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  • Last week I had the honor of providing opening remarks at the National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community in Orlando.
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  • Last week, I along with Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann, members of the leadership team and DJJ staff participated in the Reform Specialist and Chief Probation Officer Summit in Ocala.
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  • On Wednesday Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann and I met with the current juvenile probation officer (JPO) class at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway.
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  • Last week, I attended the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network’s bi-annual meeting at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform in Washington, D.C.
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  • Last week in Port St. Lucie, DJJ completed its roll out in Circuit 19 of the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP) by initiating the case studies review process at the St. Lucie County Health Department.
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  • Director of Education Julie Orange and Northeast Education Specialist Renette Crosby served as judges during the inaugural Pinewood Car Challenge between the Marion Youth Academy and Challenge Youth Academy.
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  • Happy National Volunteer Week! This month, we’ve brought you stories that recognize the exceptional volunteer work of our staff and DJJ volunteers and we’re excited to close out the month recognizing National Volunteer Week.
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  • Happy National Volunteer Month! We are excited to recognize April as National Volunteer Month along with the designation of April 23-29 as Volunteer Week.
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  • Happy National Volunteer Month! We are excited to recognize April as National Volunteer Month along with the designation of April 23-29 as Volunteer Week.
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  • On Tuesday afternoon, I was honored to join my fellow Florida Children and Youth Cabinet members along with policy makers, business leaders, and child advocates from around the state to participate in the Children’s Week press conference on the steps of Florida’s Historic Capitol.
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  • Last Wednesday, I was honored to join stakeholders and PACE girls from around the state for the annual PACE Center for Girls Day at the Florida Capitol.
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  • Last Wednesday marked one of my favorite events in the calendar year as DJJ along with the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF), the Florida Juvenile Justice Association (FJJA), and our partners recognized the 2017 DJJ Youth Ambassadors during a reception at Florida’s Historic Capitol.
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  • Last Tuesday, the Florida Legislature convened the 2017 Legislative Session, the 119th Regular Session since Florida’s statehood in 1845. We look forward to a productive session and will work to educate and inform the state’s policy makers of our good work and the potential impacts of proposed legislation.
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  • Secretary Daly along with Chief Probation Officer David Kerr and Assistant Chief Probation Officer Dan Merrithew met with newly elected Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood in Port Orange this past week.
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