The Florida Police Chiefs Association was originally organized in 1952 to promote legislation that would enhance public security by providing superior police protection for the residents of Florida as well as our many visitors.

For more than sixty years, the Association has maintained a strong presence in Tallahassee and regularly testifies on legislative issues of a public safety nature. FPCA members are frequently recognized by the legislative leaders to provide insight into public safety issues and problems facing the criminal justice system.

The Legislative Committee studies and evaluates proposed legislation that may favorably or adversley affect the Association, public safety, law enforcement or the welfare of police officers on a state or national basis. The Committee regularly reports its findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors, who determine the legislative agenda.

The full text of bills can be retrieved on the internet via the Florida’s Government Online Sunshine Page. To get the bill in its final form, retrieve the enrolled version – the bill number will be followed by the letters “er.” Bills can also be obtained by calling the Legislature at (850) 488-4371.

2020 Legislative Initiatives

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING TRUST FUND:  The FPCA supports the increase of funding for vital training for law enforcement officers statewide.

OFFICERS BILL OF RIGHTS:  The FPCA supports statutory revisions of Florida State Statute 112.533 to permit outside agencies, at the request of the agency CEO, to conduct internal investigations of sworn members facing disciplinary action.

2020 Legislative Position Statements

SUPPPORT

DRONES: The FPCA supports the expansion of law enforcement’s use of drones to better manage natural and human disasters, traffic crash reconstruction, and to improve officer safety in high danger situations.

DNA SEARCH WARRANTS: The FPCA supports an amendment to FS 933.05, to allow for open-ended dates for service of DNA Search Warrants for known suspects who may be mobile; allowing for entry of said warrant into the NCIC/FCIC System to provide notification to law enforcement nationwide, thus allowing for collection of Buccal Swabs by any law enforcement, anywhere in the country, when the Suspect is encountered.

ENHANCED PENALTIES: The FPCA supports penalty enhancements for criminals that assault, battery or kill a law enforcement officer

FDLE SERVICES:  The FPCA supports and encourages the Legislature to recognize the vital importance the services from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are to law enforcement across the state at all levels, and to support FDLE’s proposed budgetary request enhancements.

FIREARMS:  The FPCA supports consideration of Officer Safety in all aspects of regulation of firearm carry and usage.

FLORIDA RETIREMENT SYSTEM:  The FPCA supports a revision to the Florida Retirement System to allow criminal justice training centers to reemploy a retiree without the 12-month limitation if he or she is employed on a part-time basis. Additionally, the FPCA supports a revision to the Florida Retirement System to allow for the rehire of employees that have retired under FRS to be hired by another entity that pays into FRS as longs as the rehired employee is separated for at least 30 days and does not re-enter the FRS plan.

EXPOSURE OF SEXUAL ORGANS:  The FPCA supports a revision to 901.15 to provide the authority for a law enforcement officer to make a warrantless arrest on probable cause for a violation of Florida State Statute 800.03 when the offense was not committed in the presence of the officer.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SAFETY ACT:  The FPCA supports an amendment that would prohibit any person from denying a law enforcement officer access to any premises that are open to the public when the denial is based solely on the fact that the police officer is in possession of a firearm.

RESTRICTING HOAs FROM REGULATING MARKED POLICE VEHICLES:  FPCA supports legislation that restricts a homeowners’ association from creating restrictions on a homeowner from legally parking a marked police vehicle or other marked government vehicle on the homeowner’s property.

MARSY’S LAW:  The FPCA supports clarifying the ambiguity in Marsy’s Law, relating to a Victim’s right to privacy, regarding Chapter 119 of Florida Statute.

PENSIONS:  The FPCA supports a study of the financial impact and necessary funding required to lift the suspension of the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) in FRS.

SAW PALMETTO BERRY HARVESTING: The FPCA supports legislation that will protect landowners from crimes committed by saw palmetto berry harvesters.

VIDEO VOYEURISM:  The FPCA supports and encourages the Legislature to amend FS 810.145 and associated penalty statutes to increase the punishment level in sentencing guidelines and to consider adding certain voyeurism offenses to the Sex Offender category.

OPPOSE

TRUTH IN SENTENCING:  The FPCA opposes any downward departure in the truth in sentencing law that compromises public safety. 

BODY-WORN CAMERAS:  The FPCA opposes any mandatory requirement to use body-worn cameras.  We believe that decisions on what technology and/or equipment used by any police officer should be made by individual Chiefs, in conjunction with their local governmental leaders and community partners.

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE:  The FPCA opposes any legislation that abolishes or unreasonably restricts a law enforcement agency from implementing a properly managed civil asset forfeiture program.

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS:  Recognizing that the safety and security of all citizens, including confidential informants, is a priority of law enforcement, the FPCA opposes any legislation that unreasonably restricts the engagement of confidential informants by law enforcement agencies.

CUSTODIAL INTERROGATIONS:  The FPCA opposes any unfunded legislative mandate to require the recording of custodial interrogations and legislation that limits or requires the introduction into a court of law any evidence that is already able to be introduced by the prosecutorial authority or by the council of/or defendant.

EMPLOYEE-EMPLOYER RELATIONS:  The FPCA opposes, at both the State and Federal level, any legislative attempt to further restrict the local conduct of employee/employer relations issues.  This would include further mandating of collective bargaining by local governments.

JUVENILE CIVIL CITATIONS: The FPCA strongly believes that law enforcement needs to have the discretion in every situation whether to issue a juvenile civil citation or make an arrest.  The FPCA opposes mandating that law enforcement issue a juvenile civil citation.

RED LIGHT CAMERAS:  The FPCA opposes any attempt to modify or repeal the statutes governing Red Light Cameras.  These tools are vital to public safety.

For additional information, please contact FPCA Executive Director Amy Mercer: amercer@fpca.com
FPCA Office: (850) 219-3631
FPCA Lobbyist Tim Stanfield: stanfieldt@gtlaw.com