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FCSO employees donate nearly $20,000 to Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

Also in Your Town: FBI session, hiring grant, FSA board
by: Brittany Kershaw Public Affairs Manager, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly presented the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches (FSYR) a check for $19,939 on Monday, July 27, at the Sheriffs Summer Conference in Bonita Springs. From January through June each year, the men and women of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office may choose to donate a portion of their paycheck to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

The FSYR is a 501(c)(3) residential child and family services organization founded by the Florida Sheriffs Association in 1957. FSYR mission is to prevent juvenile delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient, and productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to their communities for years to come.

“It was my honor to present this donation on behalf of the men and women of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Staly said. “This money will be used to continue the great work being done by the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches for our youth throughout Florida.”

Sheriff Staly serves on the Board of Directors for the FSYR. To learn more about the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Association, visit their website at


In other FCSO news:


Staly to attend FBI session

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly has been selected by the FBI to attend the 79th Session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. Only a very elite group is invited to participate. Just 45 national and seven international law enforcement executives were invited to attend the 2021 session. Only four other Florida police executives were invited to attend.

“I feel honored to be selected to join some of the top law enforcement leaders in the world at this program,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “I graduated from the 177th session of the FBI National Academy in 1994 and know first-hand the training received through the FBI’s leadership courses is top-notch. Since law enforcement is always evolving this is a great opportunity to not only increase my knowledge but to learn from other law enforcement leaders on what they are doing in their communities that we can use to best serve our community and lead the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office.”


$92,000 for recruitment, hiring

The Department of Justice recently announced $2.2 million in grant funding to law enforcement agencies through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). Those funds will be distributed to 29 agencies with amounts ranging from $15,090 to $100,000.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $92,501 to be used towards the Recruitment, Hiring and Retention project. The FCSO was selected 1 out of 4 nominations in the state of Florida and 1 out of 29 nominations nationally.

“We are always trying to bring taxpayer money back to Flagler County through grants,” Sheriff Rick Staly. “This grant will allow us to focus on ensuring that we attract, hire and retain a demographically diverse staff to serve and protect the residents and visitors of Flagler County.”

The funds will be distributed in October 2020 and FCSO will utilize them to expand the current manpower staffing study to obtain actionable research evidence to determine immediate and near future personnel needs for FCSO; develop a recruitment and retention plan to attract and retain capable, gifted and diverse employees; and, examine workloads of all areas of services provided and calls answered across all sections of the Agency.

Through the efforts of various divisions within the agency and FCSO Grants Specialist Laura Kruger, FCSO has received $636,891.51 in grants this fiscal year.

“The CPD Microgrants Program is a critical resource to advance innovative community policing projects across the country,” COPS Office Director Phil Keith said. “These strategic investments from the COPS Office pay huge dividends to state and local law enforcement agencies and the communities that they serve.”


Staly elected to join FSA Board of Directors

The Florida Sheriffs Association held its 2020 summer meeting of all sheriffs in Bonita Springs on July 27-28. During the conference, Florida Sheriffs voted for their new Board of Directors. Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly was elected to join the Board of Directors.

The FSA has been in existence since 1893 and is one of the oldest professional law enforcement associations in the country.

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