Attorney General's Weekly Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 5 • March 4, 2011

I am so grateful to our law enforcement officers, who keep our communities safe. This week was a poignant reminder of just how much our law enforcement officers sacrifice for our safety and how dedicated they are to their responsibilities.

On Tuesday, I attended the memorial service of St. Petersburg Police Officer David Crawford, who was killed in the line of duty last week. I was deeply moved by the outpouring of love and adoration shown in remembrance of Officer Crawford. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.

Particularly in light of this tragic event, I was honored this week to join Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll for an awards ceremony to celebrate law enforcement officers. On Thursday, I participated in the State Law Enforcement Chiefs' Association awards ceremony. The association represents the interests of law enforcement supervisors employed by the State of Florida. The distinguished award recipients were lauded for the commendable service they provide for the citizens of the Sunshine State, including risking their own safety for others.

We are truly fortunate to have such exceptional law enforcement officers dedicated to Florida's communities.

In the News
St. Petersburg Times - Florida sheriffs support Pam Bondi's stance on civil rights restoration
WCTV Tallahassee - Ladies First: A Look at Women Who Have Shattered Glass Ceilings
Palm Beach Post - Scott, Bondi persuade BP claims czar to improve Florida cases
St. Petersburg Times - Oil spill claims czar takes heat over concerns for transparency, efficiency

Protecting Floridians

On Thursday, Attorney General Bondi and Special Counsel Dave Aronberg met with White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske to discuss Florida’s pill mill crisis. In February, Attorney General Bondi launched a comprehensive approach to combat pill mills, including a call for enhanced criminal and civil penalties cracking down on pill mill operators. Thursday’s meeting was a great opportunity to work alongside our federal partner to address an issue that faces not only Florida, but also our nation.


Events

State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association’s
2010 Investigator of the Year

Special Agent Derrell Jones
State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association’s
2010 Officer of the Year

Officer W. Garrett Creamer



Other Topics of Interest

On Wednesday, Attorney General Bondi was pleased to meet with Howard Simon, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Dale Landry, President of the Tallahassee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. They discussed Attorney General Bondi’s belief that every convicted felon must actively apply for the restoration of his or her civil rights and that there should be a mandatory waiting period before applying. While their opinions varied, both parties agreed on the importance of helping felons obtain occupational licenses and find employment while maintaining a commitment to public safety. It was positive meeting with a great exchange of ideas.