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Amid LEO Assassinations, Leaders Asked to be More Vocal – Video Shows Do’s and Don’ts

REGIONAL – With the recent unjustified public executions of law enforcement officers around the country, agencies are taking steps to better protect the men and women who don the gun and badge and are sworn to serve and protect.

In response to the cowardice assassinations, The Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Police Chiefs Association is calling for all elected officials, business leaders, religious organizations, and citizens to become more vocal in supporting Law Enforcement Officers.

Officials provided the following in a statement last month: Law enforcement officers are the peacekeepers and protectors of our American homeland.  The senseless killing of a police officer is devastating for their families, colleagues, and the communities in which they live and serve.

We stand in solidarity with the brave men and women in law enforcement who are charged with enforcing laws in a fair and impartial manner and who do so every day without regard to a person’s race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, or creed. Law enforcement officers handle the vast majority of their responses to calls for service without the use of any physical force. Research proves that suspects are rarely injured or killed while in police custody. But there has been a false narrative propagated by some in the media and others who have self-serving interests that law enforcement officers across the nation have developed patterns of excessive use of force.

The Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association call on all elected officials and community leaders to end the negative rhetoric that drives a wedge between the police and citizens. The Sheriffs and Police Chiefs of Florida will work diligently to build strong relationships with our communities to ensure that all interactions are safe for both the citizens and law enforcement.

We ask Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis for his thoughts on the issue; he said “Fortunately, we have found widespread and deep support for law enforcement here in Hernando County.  That being said, it is disappointing that some people and organizations in our country are encouraging the public to form opinions with limited or inaccurate information.

It is important, therefore, for everyone to strongly encourage others to support the people in law enforcement and their mission.  This, of course, can be done at the polls, through advertisers, or via social media.”

Recently, the Sheriff’s Office agreed to participate in the production of a mock traffic stop video with RNRF, in an effort to provide tips on the do’s and don’ts of a routine traffic stop.

Sgt. Scott Reak heads the Sheriff’s Office’ Traffic Division and he agreed to participate in the making of our video. Sgt. Reak provides several tips to help make interacting with law enforcement officers during a traffic stop safe for everyone involved.


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  • @Studying the universe….yes because they get scared. So try to calm them down. Even law abiding persons and elderly kill cops sir. Its not about rules…its about common sense. If you reach for a gun at a traffic stop or elsewhere while dealing with cops, you might get shot./killed. All the rest is secondary…

    Thursday, 4 August 2016, 10:37 am
  • Even if u tell some of the deputies wat ur going for they get gun happy . everyone aren’t crinals . some follow the rules to the im speaking for the elderly.Ease up some . I understand the mention but sooner or later its gonna cause a lot lawsuits.harassment. inappropriate ruff ness unlawful stops

    Thursday, 4 August 2016, 4:33 am
  • I’m new to the area and was wondering if HCSO has a citizen academy. These CA’s give a lot of good information and can also be a lot of fun as well as educational. I’d be happy to help get one going if there isn’t one.

    Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 7:10 am
  • nice article and video. Tom can you look into doing a video/article on the county 9-1-1 system, how it works what a caller should do and say, i watched a very informative video of a 9-1-1 center introduction on you tube. i think this would benefit our county residents knowing how the system works.

    Monday, 1 August 2016, 10:44 pm
  • @Silly wille…actually the gangster, cafeteria worker, in/out of jail scumbag with 55 traffic offenses (if thats who you are referring to) was shot to death AFTER he was told not to reach for a gun. However, if you listen to the liberal media and his lying pos girlfriend (who calmly and collectively recorded half the incident on her obama phone) they will tell you he was shot “fo no reason” as “he had his hands up” while reaching for his license (which i cant imagine he even had) which happend to be next to his gun. If you have firearm, let Law Enforcement know asap after being pulled over.

    Monday, 1 August 2016, 8:40 pm
  • The deputy is supposed to touch the trunk of the car upon approach. Prints, “I was there,” just in case.
    I wish they’d enforce more of those ‘too dark’ tint laws. I like to see who or what is at the light beside me and especially 4-Way Stops – What are you going to do? Acknowledgment, head nod, I see you, etc.
    Attitude can have a lot to do with whether or not you get a ticket. Be nice.
    Good article.

    Monday, 1 August 2016, 7:34 pm
  • A lot of people keep their license and registration in the glove box or center console.So you can’t reach for it? Lets clear this up because a guy was shot to death in the last 2 weeks for doing just that.

    Monday, 1 August 2016, 5:53 pm
    • You tell the officer where it is and wait for him/her to tell you to remove it. He/she will probably ask if you also have a weapon in there.

      Tuesday, 2 August 2016, 7:08 am
  • Nevermind, I found it.

    Monday, 1 August 2016, 5:50 pm
  • Very well made. One question. Why was Scott Reak demoted from his previous position 1 1/2 years ago to Traffic?

    Monday, 1 August 2016, 5:37 pm

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