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From left, back row: Lt. Scott Matthews, Sgt. George Martin, Lt. James Wentz, Lt. Kurt Romanosky, Lt. Hardy Taliaferro, Sgt. Bryan Leach, Sgt. Robert Serrano, Lt. Jeffrey Perrigo
Front row: Sgt. Gregory Danzig, Lt. Traci Reid, Major Lora McFee, Sgt. Emily Deleuze, Sgt. Jake Popkowski

Of the 13 members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office that Sheriff Bob Gualtieri promoted Wednesday, six were St. Petersburg College alumni.

At the promotion ceremony, held Nov. 19, family members and friends pinned new badges on their fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, who had just been promoted. Be sure to congratulate them on Facebook.

They included:

Promoted to Sergeant
Gregory Danzig, SPC alumnus
Emily Deleuze
Bryan Leach, SPC alumnus
George Martin
Jake Popkowski, SPC alumnus
Robert Serrano

Promoted to Lieutenant
Scott Matthews
Jeffrey Perrigo, SPC alumnus
Traci Reid, SPC alumna
Kurt Romanosky, SPC alumnus
Hardy Taliaferro
James Wentz

Promoted to Major
Lora McFee

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St. Petersburg College’s Center for Public Safety Innovation announces the launch of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Executive Session on Police Leadership website at www.bjaexecutivesessiononpoliceleadership.org. This collaborative effort between SPC and BJA, the multi-year Executive Session (2010-2014), focused on the role of policing and police leaders in the changing environment of 21st century public safety.

The Executive Session on Police Leadership assembled leaders from policing, local government, national associations and academics for a series of meetings to discuss the critical issues facing leaders in the coming decades. Over the course of the four-year project, these leaders directed working groups that examined specific topics in depth. Those topics ranged from trust and collaboration to problem solving and the law to leadership development in a new age of learning.

“The work of the Executive Session will make a timely contribution to national discussions on the changing nature of public safety and the role of police leaders in guiding their organizations and developing the next generation of leaders,” said Denise E. O’Donnell, director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance. “We join with St. Petersburg College, the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum in celebrating the release of this website.”

The multimedia web site offers a mix of downloadable video, audio pieces, long and short papers and discussion tools that examine police leadership from many angles. Highlights of the website include an eight-part video series that addresses, among other subjects, the relevance of Peel’s Principles today.  Current leaders can use the site to become more effective in their own work and in their ability to prepare new leaders for the future. The material can also be used as a teaching resource for individuals involved in leadership development.

“It is wonderful to see St. Petersburg College championing a project that can truly impact how executives lead today and into the future,” said Darrel W. Stephens, co-director of the Executive Session project, executive director of Major Cities Chiefs and former City of St. Petersburg Police Chief. “Agencies from coast to coast and the communities they serve will be impacted by the work being released this month.”

ABOUT CPSI: The Center for Public Safety Innovation is based at St. Petersburg College’s Allstate Center and develops and delivers high quality training for emergency and first responders, military personnel, and the general public using state-of-the-art technology and best practices in education and training.

ABOUT SPC: St. Petersburg College was Florida’s first two-year college (founded in 1927) as well as the state’s first community college to offer bachelor’s degrees (2002). Today, SPC is one of 28 state colleges, and with 11 learning sites, serves as a model for incorporating bachelor’s degree programs into traditional two-year institutions.

ABOUT BJA: The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office.

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Public-Safety-Summer-Camp-is-a-Huge-Hit-with-Middle-School-Youth---logoMore than three dozen Pinellas County middle school students attended the 2014 Public Safety Summer Camp hosted by the Center for Public Safety Innovation at SPC’s Allstate Center June 16-20.

Campers got a broad and diverse taste of the public safety profession and learned:

  • lifesaving techniques of CPR
  • how K-9 dogs are used to fight crime
  • how criminal investigations are conducted, including fingerprinting, evidence collection and preservation techniques
  • the importance of internet safety
Students participate in a rock wall climbing exercise to better understand the physical challenges faced by law enforcement.

Students participate in a rock wall climbing exercise to better understand the physical challenges faced by law enforcement.

Students got to spend time with SPC Law Enforcement Academy recruits and learned firsthand what it is like to train as a law enforcement officer. Students learned about the physical requirements for a career in public safety and how to overcome challenges through a rock wall climbing experience.

Speakers at the camp included St. Petersburg Police Chief David DeKay, Director of Urban Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg Nikki Gaskin-Capehart and Executive Director of SPC’s Center for Public Safety Innovation Eileen LaHaie. The three discussed the importance public safety plays in the community and how campers would interact with public safety professionals during the summer camp.

The camp also included several field trips to the:

  • St. Petersburg Police Department
  • Pinellas County Justice Center
  • St. Petersburg Fire Department

“I loved the field trips,” said camper Anthony Massa, 12. “We got to see some interesting places and see what those jobs were like.”

The week-long camp culminated in a graduation ceremony where campers received certificates of completion. All of the parents surveyed indicated that the summer camp was a great experience for their children and 96 percent of the students would recommend the camp to their friends.

Several agencies were contributed to this year’s summer camp:

  • Pinellas County Campus Police
  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Petersburg Police
  • St. Petersburg Fire Department

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J.C. Brock celebrates being named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs' Association on June 25.

J.C. Brock celebrates being named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs’ Association on June 25.

J.C. Brock, retired Chief Executive Officer at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center, was named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs’ Association on June 25.

PCFCA President Chief Bert Polk, along with fellow fire chiefs, county staff and SPC Fire Training Center staff, met with Brock to recognize his contributions to fire service education and the fire academy over the years.

Brock retired as the Allstate Center’s Campus Executive Officer on June 30.

View the SPC Facebook gallery to view more photos from the event.

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The Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College will present a seminar on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the Castle Doctrine and the legal responsibilities of using a firearm.

The half-day seminar, from noon to 4 p.m. or from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 9, is open to the public, law enforcement officers and others who carry a gun. It will be at the Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.

The training will examine Florida law, case law and the importance of knowing licensing requirements when carrying a concealed firearm.

The seminar presenter, Attorney Chip Purcell, will share his knowledge and expertise of these laws. He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, College of Law. He is a practicing attorney in the State of Oklahoma and the State of Florida. He is a member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Western District of Oklahoma and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Purcell is a former prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Tampa and has lectured on constitutional law, criminal trial procedure and construction lien laws in Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association. He has served as a board member for state and local charities.

The seminar cost is $59. To register online, sign in or create a profile, then select the class under the category Public Safety, Criminal Justice In-service. Questions: Contact Mary Weingart at weingart.mary@spcollege.edu or 727-341-4500.

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The Tampa Bay Times reported on a pilot program at St. Petersburg College that provides new firefighters with intensive training and help getting their first jobs.

Program participants, in addition to classroom training, intern with four departments in Pinellas County, the article stated. It enables them to experience firsthand what life as a firefighter is all about. Thought to be the only of its kind in Florida, the program took about a year to create. The first students have just entered it.

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Daniel Barto, Director, Collegewide Security Services

Daniel Barto, Director, Collegewide Security Services

SPC’s Director of Collegewide Security Services Daniel Barto was part of the discussion about college campus safety in Tallahassee Wednesday.

Barto co-presented to the Senate Education Appropriations Committee on the issue. The group heard testimony from campus police chiefs.

Florida’s lawmakers are working on school safety plans at the college level, according to news reports. The campus police chiefs talked with lawmakers about the need for more money to cover the cost of more officers and updated equipment and additional training to identify students with mental health issues. They also said they wanted to work toward better communication between campus police and local law enforcement.

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