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2018 2nd Qtr. LEL BOLO



Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018


The 2017 Holiday Season Impaired Driving Campaign enforce-
ment ran from De-
cember 13, through
December 31,
2017. The holidays
are known for be-
ing merry and
bright, but they’re
also known for be-
ing the deadliest
season when it
comes to drunk
driving. Every holi-
day season, lives
are lost due to
drunk drivers.
Agencies were encouraged to focus their efforts on drunk and
drugged driving enforcement and awareness during this cam-
paign period.

LEC Tim Roberts

Fellow Law Enforcement,

I wanted to thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to participate in the 2017-
2018 Holiday Impaired Driving Safety Campaigns.
I know the campaign wasn’t part of your normal traffic responsibilities, but your assis-
tance was invaluable in helping the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program Impaired
Driving Awareness Project by participating and reporting your agency activity in a very
timely manner. Your expertise and enthusiasm were both appreciated during the holiday
time which can be stressful enough!

We sincerely appreciate your efforts, and for sharing some of your awareness efforts with
the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program.
Best regards,

Tim Roberts
Law Enforcement Coordinator

The Coordinator of the Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) is responsible for operational planning and execution of the
program. The Coordinator supports the LEL team members, and local law enforcement, to help facilitate and pass
on traffic safety information such as crash data, traffic safety training opportunities, DUI checkpoints, saturation pa-
trols, and legal updates. The LEL team meets quarterly to plan, review, evaluate and produce the traffic safety
meetings, discuss local traffic safety issues within each team members coverage areas. This includes implementa-
tion of the Florida Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations traffic safe-
ty initiatives such as Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

LEL District 1 Tom was raised in Southeast Michigan and began his police career at the age of
Tom Arsenault 20 years old for Brownstown Township. After 3 years in the Patrol Division he be-

came a Traffic Homicide Investigator for the BPD Traffic Division for 12 years. His
last 15 years he was a Shift Commander and FTO Coordinator. During his career he found time
to complete his Master Degree from Eastern Michigan University. Tom also attended the EMU
Police Staff and Command 11-month course. The last 8 years of his career he taught Introduc-
tion to Criminal Justice at the local Community College.

When asked what is his most fond memory at BPD he tells the story of when he received a call
at home at 2:30 am of a dead body in the roadway. When he arrived, the only evidence was a
deceased body and a headlight assembly. With the help of engineers at Ford Motor Company
and a high media attention within 3 days Tom was able to locate the vehicle (with blood still on
it). The driver was arrested and did confess. But at the time Michigan did not have a Leave the
Scene of a Fatal Crash. The driver could only be charged with Leave the Scene of an Injury
Crash, a 90 day Misdemeanor. Tom and the parents of the deceased thought this was wrong,
and Tom wrote a letter to his local State Senator. The Senator agreed as did the Governor and
within 18 months there was a new law written making it a 15-year felony to leave the scene of a
fatal crash.

After over 29 years Tom retired and began to teach full time in Detroit. After 3 years of teaching
the call of police work was too strong to turn down. He became a Police Officer at Florida Gulf
Coast University.

After 2 years at FGCU Tom became the District 1 L.E.L.

Tom and his wife Jackie of 27 years have 2 adult children. In his spare time Tom enjoys spend-
ing time with family, golfing and pickleball.

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

LEL District 2
Juan Cardona

Bradford County Sheriff’s Office

The Teen Driver Challenge (TDC) was created in 2007 to address the primary factors affecting
teen drivers – speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, texting while driving and
distracted driving by the Florida Sheriff’s Association. The program is offered at no cost to teen
drivers in 34 counties across the state and led by sheriffs’ deputies licensed as commercial driv-
ing school instructors. The program is a defensive driving program that covers various topics
including Teen crash facts, Knowing your vehicle, Using your senses, Vehicle dynamics, Drug
and alcohol use, Aggressive driving and road rage, Figure 8, Threshold/Emergency Braking,
Backing, Cornering, Forward and reverse serpentine, Off-road recovery, Evasive maneuvers,
and Skid control. Upon completion, students receive a certificate.

Bradford County SO Teen Driver Challenge Bradford County SO deputies providing in-
car in motion. struction to a new driver.

The District 2 Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) is responsible for approximately 52 law enforcement agencies in Alachua County,
Baker County, Bradford County, Clay County, Columbia County, Dixie County, Duval County, Gilchrist County, Hamilton County,
Lafayette County, Levy County, Madison County, Nassau County, Putnam County, St. John's County, Suwannee County, Taylor
County and Union County. The District 2 LEL coordinates with members of local law enforcement to help facilitate and pass on
traffic safety information such as crash data, traffic safety training opportunities, DUI checkpoints, saturation patrols, and legal

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

LEL District 3
Andrew Johnson

District 3 consists of the 16 counties of the Florida Panhandle to include Bay, Calhoun, Es-
cambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa,
Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton and Washington Counties. Larger cities in District 3 include
Tallahassee, Panama City, and Pensacola. District 3 law
enforcement agencies are very active with the Florida LEL
Program with agencies throughout the panhandle con-
ducting extensive traffic enforcement and education ef-
forts in an attempt to make their commutes safer. Our law
enforcement agencies are very active with our “Click It or
Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiatives.

We all understand that traffic enforcement is only a part of
any agencies efforts to make their roadways safer. Mari-
anna Police Department is one such agency that has tak-
en great steps to educate the public on roadway safety.
Marianna is located in Jackson County, has a population
of roughly 9,000 and is known as “the City of Southern
Charm”. Marianna Police Department is very proactive in
their community, utilizing technics in their schools to help
educate young drivers and even future drivers.

Marianna PD used “Buckle Bear” to interact with children
to help improve safety habits of children and their families.
Buckle Bear is a transportation safety robot used for
teaching seat belt and safety car seat usage to children and adults alike. This fully ani-
mated Bear and car robot moves, speaks, listens, plays music, winks, and blinks all by re-
mote control. When Buckle Bear talks, his mouth moves in synchronization with his words.
This tool is great to interact with young children, proving its never too early to start road-
way safety efforts. At Marianna High School the Marianna Police Department conducts
annual teen driving education events to help educated new drivers to the dangers of the
road. This includes educating on the dangers of impaired driving, seatbelt usage, and dis-
tracted driving. Marianna PD also has a very proactive traffic enforcement program that
includes DUI checkpoints, dedicated traffic enforcement officers, and joint operations with
neighboring agencies in an effort to make their community as safe a possible.

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

What does the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program

LEL District 4 have in common with an aging fleet of Cuban Taxis?

Charles Kane Cuba is famous for an eclectic collection of cars manufactured in the late

fifties that are still in service today throughout Cuba. These cars have seen hundreds of

thousands of miles of wear and tear, yet they have been repaired and placed back into

service time and time again.

Every single one of your LELs has logged hundreds of thousands of miles of vehicle travel
since they began their careers in law enforcement up to and including their positions as

Your LELs have endured considerable wear and tear during their travels too. They like the
aging fleet of Cuban taxis must be repaired from time to time. Fortunately, we have mod-
ern medicine to thank, for keeping them in good running order.

Your LELs come from a diverse background and have a wide range of law enforcement
experience. They have over 230 years of law enforcement service between the eight of
them. The oldest LEL was manufactured in 1947 and the newest was manufactured in

Cuba’s taxis, beautiful old cars made in the fifties, have style. Your LEL team has style,
which comes in the form of varied experience and strength of skillset. I am always amazed
at the tasks that this team can accomplish because one or more LELs are always seeming
to have just the right skills to handle the task.

Your seven LELs and their Coordinator are known by their first names, Tim, Tom (two of
them), Shaun, Andy, Juan, Janice, and Charles. They are a team who work incredibly well
together, and I am proud to say they have been the strongest team I have ever worked

The LELs have had the pleasure of meeting with our law enforcement constituents in eve-
ry corner of the State of Florida and look forward to working with you in 2018.

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

LEL District 5
Thomas Banks

The City of Belle Isle is a relatively small city that is surrounded by four major thorough-
fares used by literally hundreds of commuters daily. Travelers traverse the City of Belle
Isle to travel throughout Orange County from the theme parks to the bustling business are-
as in downtown Orlando. Due to the high volume of traffic, the Belle Isle Police Depart-
ment has made the reduction of traffic crashes and improvement of traffic safety on their
roadways through enforcement a top priority. The City of Belle Isle is in Orange County
which places in the top 25% in every crash category on the 2019 Highway Safety Matrix.
Despite that fact, the City of Belle Isle is not high in any crash category on the 2019 City
Matrix for cities of comparable size. The refurbishment of the department's speed trailer is
now deployed throughout the city on a weekly basis to focus on identified problem are-
as. The Belle Isle Police Department has worked for hand in hand with their Charter
School and public elementary school to develop a safe and efficient traffic safety
plan. The agency collaborates with city staff on traffic studies to ensure the quality of their
roadways. The agency participates in countywide DUI operations, citywide saturation pa-
trols, and seat belt operations during the National Click-it-or-Ticket initiative. The depart-
ment also sends their officers to advanced traffic safety training, and their National Child
Passenger Safety Technician instructs classes to the public. Finally, the City of Belle Isle
Police Department utilizes Facebook and email, and issues multiple local traffic-related
press releases to their citizens throughout the year.

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

LEL District 6
Shaun VanBeber

A quick look at the FDOT LEL District 6 crash results from 2017 shows a significant reduction
in all crash categories from 2016. The data provided by FIRES (Florida's Integrated Report
Exchange System) is preliminary but shows how dedicated efforts from all 40 law enforce-
ment agencies in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties can make a difference in saving lives.
Through these agencies participate in the National Click It or Ticket Campaign in May, Labor
Day DUI Campaign in August, and the Holiday DUI Campaign in December, District 6 has
shown a significant improvement in the reduction crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

During the winter months, district seven host surplus of activities which at-
LEL District 7 tracts visitors from all over the country. In addition to our famous theme
Janice Martinez parks and beautiful beaches, visitors come to Tampa Bay for our extra special

events. Some of our highlighted events over the winter season are the multiple
football bowl games, which bring in over 100,000 visitors during New Year’s week. As these
visitors eat, drink and play in our area, they also add an extra workload to our traffic units dur-
ing the bowl game season.

As part of a multi-agency combined traffic safety initiative, all of our bay area police depart-
ments work hand in hand to ensure all of our residents and visitors Arrive Alive. With the mul-
tiple high visibility enforcement details combined with DUI saturation patrols and specific po-
lice escorted details, Tampa Police Department leads the pack with these specialized enforce-
ment efforts.

As we move forward into our warmer months, Tampa PD is gearing up for the popular in-
vasion of the pirates, Gasparilla. Gasparilla is a multi-week celebration of Tampa rich history
of the pirate invasion. Our Tampa PD Officers add a several traffic safety components to this
event to include: a free Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Rodeo where everyone can learn how to
bicycle safely with traffic. Kids are also fitted with a free, brand new bicycle helmet which then
can then wear while riding through a fun course which teaches skills that may one day save
their lives. As always, Tampa PD’s DUI Enforcement Wolfpack Squad will be extra vigilant
during the Gasparilla events.

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

What is FIRES?
The FIRES website is developed and maintained by LexisNexis, Inc. on behalf of the Florida
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. It serves as a portal into the State of Flori-
da's repository for traffic crash reports completed by Florida law enforcement agencies.
The integrity of FIRES data is dependent upon both the accuracy and frequency with which
the data is updated and user's interpretation.
Therefore, no warranty, either expressed or implied, is given to the accuracy, completeness,
reliability, or suitability for any particular purpose of the information contained in FIRES.

FIRES online services provided by LexisNexis, Inc. are for the exclusive use of law enforce-
ment, approved agencies, and other authorized users in the state of Florida. User agreements
are required. Unauthorized access to this site is prohibited.

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (16

March 1-2, 2018 Jacksonville
March 1-2, 2018 Tampa
March 29-30, 2018
April 5-6, 2018 Davie
May 10-11, 2018 Daytona Beach
June 7-8, 2018 Lake Worth
June 7-8, 2018 Jacksonville

DRE Recertification Training (8 hours)

May 25, 2018 Orlando
August 3, 2018 Jacksonville

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

(SFST) Instructor Update (8 hours)

May 25, 2018 Orlando

May 7, 2018 (SFST) Refresher (4 hours)
May 25, 2018
June 4, 2018 Tallahassee
June 5, 2018 Orlando
Panama City

Marijuana Impaired Driving Detection for

Law Enforcement (8 hours)

March 15, 2018 Largo
April 11, 2018 Tampa
April 12, 2018 Daytona Beach
April 13, 2018 Jacksonville
May 25, 2018 Orlando
June 29, 2018 Tallahassee

Medical Foundations of Visual Systems Testing

(24 hours)

June 27-29, 2018 Jacksonville

Police Motorcycle Instructor (80 hours)

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

Event Data Recorder Use in Traffic Crash Reconstruction

Level I (40 hours)

March 12-16, 2018 Jacksonville
April 16-20, 2018 Tampa
June 4-8, 2018

Human Factors in Traffic Crash Reconstruction (40 hours)

June 4-8, 2018 Lake Worth

Investigation of Motorcycle Crashes* (40 hours)

April 23-27, 2018 Davie

Pedestrian/Bicycle Crash Investigation - Level I
(40 hours)

March 5-9, 2018 Altamonte Springs
April 9-13, 2018 Jacksonville

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018


New to the LEL BOLO, is the Solve This Problem. Solve the problem be-
low and email your answer to [email protected] and you will be en-
tered into a drawing for a great prize and will be recognized in the next
issue of BOLO.
One person per LEL District will be selected from submissions. The Dis-
trict LEL will meet with you to provide the recognition item.

Solve This Question #1
Skill Level: Beginner

A measured skid distance is 45 feet & the road surface with a
drag factor of .7.
What was the speed of the vehicle?
_________ MPH
_________ FPS

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018


• National Distracted Driving
• Alcohol Awareness


• National Youth Traffic Safety
• Motorcycle Safety Awareness
• National Bicycle Safety
• May 9 Bike to School Day
• May 13 to 19 National Police Week
• May 21 Border 2 Border 4 hour Campaign
• May 21 to June 4 Click It or Ticket National Campaign


• June 6 Secure Your Load Day
• June 18 Ride to Word Day

Visit for additional campaign materials.

Florida Law Enforcement Liaison News 2nd Qtr. 2018

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