SafetyNet® Tracking Systems is a search and rescue system designed to find and rescue people at risk of wandering and becoming lost, including those with autism, Alzheimer's, Down syndrome, dementia and other cognitive disorders. Once a client is enrolled in the SafetyNet® Tracking Systems service, he or she is outfitted with a SafetyNet® Tracking Systems Bracelet on his or her wrist or ankle. Should the client wander or go missing, trained law enforcement and public safety agencies use digital SafetyNet® Tracking Systems Search and Rescue Receivers to track the Radio Frequency signal emitted from the SafetyNet® Tracking Systems Bracelet on the client's wrist or ankle, the client is found, rescued and returned to his or her loved ones.
I am currently in the process of bringing this lifesaving technology to the citizens of Hardee County. I have partnered with the University of South Florida in Tampa to fulfill grant requirements and I am excited to announce that we will have this technology available in the next few months.
I am currently developing a citizen volunteer based program to help keep our senior citizens safe and looked after on a daily basis. We will be partnering with our church community, the senior community and the different civic organizations to generate a volunteer list of citizens who will check on individuals who live alone.
This program will focus on those citizens of Hardee County that live alone and have no regular care-givers. This program will provide daily contact to these citizens and will create opportunities for Church and Civic groups to be involved with helping these citizens.
I will continue to ensure our schools safety a top priority. We currently have 7 dedicated School Resource Deputies who are continuously updating their training to keep up with new trends in school safety. I will assure they continue to receive top quality training, equipment, and the support of the administration to continue to effectively protect our children.
We have partnered with the School Board and FortifyFL so students, parents, or concerned citizens can submit tips through any smart device.
In cooperation with the various Hardee County Departments, I will form an inmate work squad to assist with maintenance and beautification of the county maintained roadways, parks, and other facilities. I believe part of paying your debit to society means contributing to our community. I have seen first hand when inmates are afforded the opportunity to complete useful tasks, they take great pride in their work and often helps them in life after incarceration.
The policies and procedures currently in use at the Hardee County Sheriff's Office already meet or exceed the standards set forth by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The Sheriff's Office staff has worked diligently in maintaining our policies, keeping them in line with new standards as laws and case law changes.
As your Sheriff, I will work towards establishing our accreditation, carefully considering the cost versus the benefits. As your Sheriff, I will be tasked with being a good stewart of the tax payer funded budget and I will utilize the budget in the most efficient manner while providing high quality protection and service to the citizens of Hardee County
In an effort to improve response time and community services regarding boating accidents, missing persons, and crimes on our waterways, The Sheriff's Office has purchased an air boat to compliment our fully certified dive team. The air boat will be operated by fully trained and certified staff and will be capable to operating in shallow waters and swampy areas to support our law enforcement missions. The program is being developed and implemented in cooperation with the Florida Wildlife Commission.