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Secretary's Messages


  • In recognition of January 11th as Human Trafficking Awareness Day, DJJ hosted a training opportunity on human trafficking.
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  • As we recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and January 11th as Human Trafficking Awareness Day, it is important to remember the significant impact this horrific crime has on our state and nation.
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  • As the month of December came to close, DJJ wrapped up our Festive Fridays with some fun events. On December 14, DJJ held a “Bowl of Winter Warmth” cookoff where we asked each region and circuit to participate.
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  • For the month of December, we invited all DJJ staff members to participate in Festive Fridays, as a way to have some fun during the holiday season. Every Friday hosted a different theme and on December 7, we kicked off Festive Fridays in style with our “Ugly Winter Sweater/Shirt Day.”
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  • The Juvenile Justice Probation Officer (JPO) Class 87 from the Florida Public Safety Institute prepared care packages as a part of their community service project for juvenile probation officers in Circuit 14 that were affected by Hurricane Michael.
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  • Congratulations to Circuit 17 Secretary Specialist Tricia Almestica who was recently recognized by the Dan Marino Foundation for her dedication and assistance with two of the youth in the program.
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  • Thanksgiving is a time of appreciation and thanks for all the blessings and good fortune bestowed upon us. It allows us to take a moment and reflect on the people we hold most dear and to appreciate the impact they have on our lives.
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  • Congratulations to Sergeant Felisia Paul from the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) for winning the Orange Biggest Loser Competition!
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  • We would like to send best wishes to Operations and Management Consultant Christella Moore from the Bureau of General Services who retired from the agency after twenty-four years of dedicated service.
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  • Please join us in wishing Director of Program Accountability Amy Johnson the very best as she will be leaving the Department to become the new chief operating officer of the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services.
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  • Congratulations to Fred Lyles and Darron Toston for being recognized as the Information Technology (IT) Employees of the Month for September 2018.
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  • Congratulations to Circuit 19 Administrative Assistant Diana Lariosa who was recently named the South Region Employee of the Year by the Office of Probation.
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  • DJJ is proud to announce that Deputy Regional Supervisor Maryann Sanders in the Bureau of Monitoring and Quality Improvement has been chosen as the recipient of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Distinguished Service Award for Juvenile Justice.
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  • Congratulations to Captain Rodney Goss from the Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) who recently graduated from the Certified Public Manager (CPM) course.
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  • We have now approached the peak of hurricane season, which is expected to run to late October. While the Carolinas are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the tropics remain very active and we are still keeping an eye on any potential storms.
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  • Congratulations to Fred Schuknecht who was recently honored with the Louie L. Wainwright Award from the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency (FCCD).
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  • Congratulations to Superintendent Dennis Driscoll, Support Worker Kiera McManness and Food Service Worker Juandal Huggins from the Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) who were recognized by the Office of Detention Services in the South Region for their outstanding service to the agency.
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  • As my time as secretary draws to a close, I would like to again thank each and every one of you for the commitment you have made to bettering the lives of Florida’s youth and families.
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  • Congratulations to Circuit 2 OPS File Clerk Sydney Campagna who was named the circuit’s Employee of the Month for July. Ms. Campagna is very driven and passionate about her position with the agency as she works to help turn around the lives of our youth on probation.
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  • Friends, family, co-workers and colleagues of Delinquency Prevention Specialist Marie Boswell came together in Miami to celebrate her retirement after an impressive 47 years of dedicated service to the state of Florida and the Department.
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