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May 14, 2019
WSO Program Keeps Criminal, Illegal Immigrants Off County Streets

Joint Press Conference with ICE - May 6, 2019

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office hosted an agreement signing ceremony with ICE on May 6th that will help keep people safe from those who are illegally committing crimes in our country. The agreement will allow jails to hold criminal illegals for ICE so that it can properly deport them back to their countries of origin.  

Present at the press conference and signing were Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñez, National Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Jonathan Thompson, ICE Deputy Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations David Marin, and several Florida sheriffs. 

The event marked the beginning of the Warrant Service Officer (WSO) program, which allows deputies within the Pinellas County Jail, and jails across Florida, to serve arrest warrants on behalf of ICE, and to transport criminal illegals to ICE after they have served their county jail sentence.  

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the training for the WSO program will last one day, and the sheriff's office plans to have about 40 deputies at the jail who can serve these warrants. Officers from other counties will also participate in the program and attend the training. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is officially the first jurisdiction to formally become a WSO participant. 

"People in our country illegally who commit crimes must not be released back into our communities where they harm others," Sheriff Gualtieri said. "The Warrant Service Officer program allows sheriffs to lawfully help ICE keep criminal, illegal aliens in jail and off the street by serving ICE arrest warrants. The WSO program helps enforce the rule of law and keeps our communities safe."

Click the video above to watch the entire press conference and agreement signing ceremony.

30th Annual Memorial Ceremony Honors Fallen Officers

"No matter which shield or star we wear, we all share a common goal, and that is to promote and protect the safety of our community no matter the cost," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said at the 30th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial on May 8th. "Today is a day we pause and remember those brave public servants who have gone before us."

Family members, friends, and fellow officers gathered at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office memorial in Largo to show respect, honor, and love for the officers throughout Pinellas County who have died in service to the community. 

Florida State Representative Chris Sprowls was the guest speaker this year and shared stories about how he tells his children of the heroes--the knights of Pinellas County--who put on armor and carry a shield every day to protect people.

"We live in difficult political times, which too often makes it difficult to do what we do," State Representative Chris Sprowls said. "Many days will go by without anyone ever saying thank you. So let us say it today--thank you. It is incumbent upon us to teach our children, like my dad taught me, about how to value those who put something above themselves."

Representative Sprowls ended his speech with, "We are grateful for you, we are grateful for your service, we are honored by your commitment, and we will teach our children to do the same." 

The memorial service included a flyover from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Flight Unit, a 21-gun salute, Posting of Colors, bagpipe performance of "Amazing Grace", "Taps", and a moment of silence recognizing the 25 fallen officers. 

Torch Run Raises Money for the Special Olympics

Every year, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies and staff participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics and carry a flaming torch for the disabled men and women who in some cases can't run on their own. Law enforcement agencies and police departments all over the nation have been supporting the Special Olympics through the Torch Run for more than 30 years. 

The running and biking event started at 8:15 a.m. at the St. Petersburg Police Department and ended at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional School in Clearwater where students welcomed the participants at the finish line.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office leg of the event lasted for 4.2 miles out of the total 21.6 miles.

Corporal Chris Giles, who works in the Field Training Unit, biked about 17 miles of the event this year and said it was a very rewarding experience. "The best part of my experience was interacting with everyone. I will never forget some of the hugs and high fives I received from the kids at the school, and the smiles they all had. Being able to ride along with young adults with disabilities, and giving them continued opportunities to develop physical fitness is a great feeling!"

Register for the 7th Annual Explorer Academy

The 7th Annual Explorer Academy is coming up! The two-week training from June 4-7, and June 11-14 covers defensive tactics, ethics, officer survival, and first aid to name a few. Young men and women between the ages of 14 and 17 can apply by filling out a registration form and submitting it by May 15th.

Team Pinellas Sheriff's Office Completes Police Unity Tour

Corporal Dean Welshans, Deputy Tyler Reidy, Deputy Kara Geigle, and Deputy Jacek Szymanski completed their "ride for those who died" on the Police Unity Tour. They flew up to Portsmouth, Virginia, on May 8th and rode their bikes for 250 miles to Washington D.C. The biking event culminated in an evening candlelight vigil where our deputies dressed in uniform and escorted the family members of the officers who died in the line of duty in 2018 to the memorial. 

Law enforcement officers from around the country have been participating in the Police Unity Tour since its inception in 1997. The rides raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum. Team Pinellas Sheriff's Office has raised more than $4,500. Click below to help them reach their goal of raising $10,000. 

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