Florida Council on crime and delinquency

Fostering interagency collaboration of all criminal justice entities, providing relevant training, and encouraging community service throughout the State of Florida.

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Greetings from the President....

Greetings FCCD members and friends,

Here we are weeks away from the 92nd  Annual Training Institute. Did you get that? 92nd ! Our FCCD family has presented 91 Training Institutes! How awesome is that. Just imagine all the training, fellowship, comradery, networking, and community service that’s been accomplished. And yet, my friends, I believe in my heart the best is yet to come. We are at a turning point in our organization’s history that’s going to lead to an even better, more progressive, and more productive organization that will positively impact our membership, our criminal justice partners, and our communities.

In April, FCCD Chapter 2, hosted a Meet and Greet Event in Tallahassee to welcome and congratulate FDC Secretary Ricky Dixon and DJJ Secretary Eric Hall as they assume their new positions. This event was well attended and gave us an opportunity to interact with fellow criminal justice professionals.

In May, I met with FDC Secretary Ricky Dixon. Secretary Dixon and I have the same vision for FCCD and its relationship with FDC. We both believe that we have mutual goals that tie us together in a very special relationship. Our mission to foster interagency collaboration of all criminal justice entities, provide relevant training, and encourage community service throughout our beautiful state, fits into his vision for the Florida Department of Corrections, his employees, and their families. Then in June, I was fortunate enough to meet with DJJ Secretary Hall and FCOR Chairman Melinda Coonrod. And I was so extremely impressed and pleased with the sincere interest they took in learning more about FCCD and what we, as a group, are all about. While DJJ and FCOR have been supporters of FCCD for several years, I believe that we are now moving into a time where FCCD will make a larger impact on their organizations, by assisting them in the areas of training and community service. What perfect partnerships we have in these three agencies! And as we grow, we can pursue brining in more agency partners, at the state, county and local community levels. The Criminal Justice system works best when all of us find common ground to communicate, learn, and provide service to our communities together.

So, the 92 nd Annual Training Institute will be one you will not want to miss. Our beautiful host hotel, The Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort is awaiting our arrival. The agenda is packed full of wonderful training, fun events, and opportunities to network with others in our profession. You really do not want to miss this exciting time in our FCCD history. I am so looking forward to seeing you all there!

And finally, as we enter these last few weeks, I want to say how very proud I am to be a member of this outstanding organization and to have had the honor of being State President. I am grateful for all of you and your dedication to your chosen profession. I encourage each of you to continue to grow, learn and to be proud of your accomplishments. WE do matter, we do make an impact on our families and our communities, we do make a difference. Be assured your choice to be part of the criminal justice community and involved in a life of service was the right decision! God bless. See you soon.

Carol Starling

State President

Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency

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