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Secretary's Messages


  • Last week in Circuit 16 (Key West), the Department rolled out the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP) through a series of three meetings. Many thanks go to our hosts at the Harvey Government Center and the Freeman Justice Center–Key West Courthouse.
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  • Last week, Governor Rick Scott joined Florida Department of Transportation crews, members of the Florida National Guard, various veterans’ groups and agency leadership and staff to assist with debris removal in Tallahassee in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine.
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  • Last Monday, I was pleased to join youth, DJJ staff, Miami Bridge Board members and other dignitaries for a site visit of the Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Center.
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  • It is my great pleasure to recognize Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor (JPOS) Yvette Isaac as our DJJ Statewide Employee of the Month!
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  • On Monday, I was honored to give a presentation at the 2016 National Forum on Criminal Justice in Philadelphia
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  • Last weekend, I was honored to attend the Florida Police Chief Association’s (FPCA) 64th annual Summer Training Conference and Exposition in Bonita Springs.
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  • On Wednesday I made a trip out to the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway to meet with the current juvenile probation officer and juvenile detention officer classes.
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  • On Monday, I was honored to be one of several speakers to address the Florida Association of School Resource Officers (FASRO) 2016 Annual Training Conference in Naples.
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  • On Thursday, I was excited to meet with kids and chaperones from Estella’s Brilliant Bus for a tour of the Capitol.
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  • Sergeant William Joseph Durden passed away on Thursday, July 7th, 2016. Sergeant Durden served in the United States Navy prior to joining the Department of Juvenile Justice at St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center in 1986, then the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.
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  • Last Wednesday, I had the honor and privilege to join Governor Rick Scott for a bill signing ceremony at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orlando.
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  • Over Memorial Day, GOC II Tiffany Baylor from the Bureau of Contract Management attended the 22nd Annual National Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) event in Washington, D.C.
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  • Last week, the winners of the 2016 Prudential Productivity Awards were announced during a ceremony at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
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  • I am deeply saddened by the horrific terrorist event which took place over the weekend in Orlando. It is my hope that each of you will keep the victims, their families, those touched by this tragedy, and the community of Orlando in your thoughts during this time of grief and recovery.
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  • It is my great pleasure to recognize Senior Juvenile Probation Officer Robert Scott as our DJJ Employee of the Month!
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  • Last week, I attended the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services Annual Meeting in Orlando where it was my honor to give remarks to the attendees as well as host a Q&A session.
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  • Last Monday, Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann and I traveled to Pinellas County to meet with local law enforcement and probation staff.
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  • On Friday, Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann and Assistant Secretary for Probation Paul Hatcher met with Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO) Class 67 at the Florida Public Safety Institute.
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  • On Wednesday, I traveled to Sarasota for the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Quarterly meeting at the State College of Florida Lakewood Ranch.
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  • Last week I was in our nation’s capital to take part in the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network’s biannual meeting at Georgetown University.
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