Junior Chamber, FCSO Host Law Enforcement Day for Students, Parents
What does it take to maintain Flagler County’s low crime rate? We wanted to find out for ourselves.
Created with the goal of helping educate and connect local families with our law enforcement agencies, the 501(c)3 non-profit Junior Chamber of Commerce partnered with Sheriff Rick Staly and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) to host Law Enforcement Day on Monday, January 8, 2024. Below are photos and details from this free event:
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly met students and parents at Law Enforcement Day and shared his perspectives on why the FCSO has been successful at maintaining a low crime rate over the course of several years. It’s a combination of training, dedication to a career in law enforcement, wanting to serve your community, education, wanting to protect the public and so much more.
Students and parents then met with the FCSO Investigative Services leaders, which includes the CSI labs and all investigative techniques made famous by popular national television shows. Cold cases and technological upgrades that make finding criminals possible with new scientific tools and methods were discussed.
Next, attendees toured the FCSO Real Time Crime Center, which features video tools that help the FCSO find and track criminals. The technology, skills and coordination needed to make this effort successful is remarkable. Not every county in Florida has a Real Time Crime Center, which makes what’s happening at the Sheriff’s Operations Center in Bunnell, FL, even more impressive. FCSO leaders shared that our technology upgrades result in criminals purposely passing over Flagler County, opting to instead “visit” Volusia, St. Johns or other counties in Florida.
The S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) Team also visited with Law Enforcement Day attendees and wowed the students with their robot drones and vehicles. Below are photos of students and parents touring S.W.A.T. vehicles and speaking with S.W.A.T. team leaders.
Law Enforcement Day continued with a visit from four K9 deputies and their handlers. Students and parents were impressed by the performance of the K9 deputies and learned about how each dog had a different specialty. For example, one K9 deputy specialized in finding missing persons, another was a bomb dog, and two others were narcotics dogs. Attendees enjoyed the exhibition of the K9 deputies’ skills and especially liked petting the pups.
Both the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Junior Chamber of Commerce thank representatives from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, State Attorney’s Office and Flagler County Courthouse for helping make Law Enforcement Day 2024 a success for attendees. For more information on the Junior Chamber of Commerce, visit http://www.JCCFlorida.com.