Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is recommending that $95,000 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LET) be distributed to nine organizations.
The ECSO has reviewed the allocations and deemed they meet the requirements of Florida Statute 932.7055(5).
The statute says the sheriff’s office can use LET funds for “school resource officer, crime prevention, safe neighborhood, drug abuse education and prevention programs, or for other law enforcement purposes, which include defraying the cost of protracted or complex investigations, providing additional equipment or expertise, purchasing automated external defibrillators for use in law enforcement vehicles, and providing matching funds to obtain federal grants.”
The funds can be allocated to outside agencies “only for school resource officer, crime prevention, safe neighborhood, drug abuse education, or drug prevention programs or such other law enforcement purposes as the board of county commissioners or governing body of the municipality deems appropriate.”
How would you rank and prioritize these requests? We have given you on how the applications say the funds will be used but left off the names of the applicants.
You don’t have to do all nine – Pick your top five that you believe best meet the statute.
A. Drug Prevention/Drug Education: VIP sponsorship of cultural organization’s gala. The proceeds benefit the organization’s education and outreach programs.
B. Crime Prevention: Support a weekend event that brings together cyber experts and local students to witness and participate in real-world cyber operations, cyber defense methods and cybercrime prevention.
C. Crime Prevention/Drug Prevention: Tee signs for a golf tournament.
D. Crime Prevention/Drug Prevention/Safe Neighborhoods: Advertise and promote a community-wide celebration of science that will invite over 500 students in grades 5-8 to engage in hands-on science exploration.
E. Safe Neighborhoods: Underwrite the costs of a summer performance that involves children.
F. Crime Prevention/Drug Prevention/Drug Education/Safe Neighborhood: Sponsorship of golf tournament. Proceeds distributed to local nonprofits that help children and families.
G. Crime Prevention: Pooled with donations from other law enforcement agencies to sponsor a national conference held in Florida on preventing crime in black neighborhoods.
H. Crime Prevention: Pay for training of law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, probation officers, and others who work with domestic violence crime and crime victim.
I. Crime Prevention/Drug Prevention/Drug Education/Safe Neighborhood: Sponsor a faith-based family event on the beach.