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An Initiative of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office

2019 Overview


Table of Contents Letter from the Sheriff ........................................... 1 What is ALLin LEON ..............................................

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FDLE UCR Statistics ..............................................

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Prevention Worship with Me............................................. Back on Track................................................. Wake-up Call.................................................. Youth Surveys................................................

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Enforcement Deputies without Borders............................... Strike Force.................................................... Operations Safe Summer............................... Operations Statistics......................................

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Re-entry GED Program................................................. Re-entry Fairs................................................. Job Skills - TCC/Lively Partnership................ Mental Health/Substance Abuse Treatment...

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Community Involvement Peacemakers................................................. Cease Fire...................................................... Neighborhood Crime Watch........................... Nextdoor and Neighbors................................

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Goals and Objectives Prevention...................................................... Re-Entry......................................................... Law Enforcement........................................... Community Involvement.................................

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Partner Agencies Law Enforcement........................................... 14 Community Partners....................................... 14


SPIRIT community-wide.

As Sheriff, I am committed to ensuring the safety of citizens in Leon County. Our deputies are embracing enforcement strategies which continue to yield promising results, but we realize the fight against crime is not one we can win alone. As Leon County works to improve the overall safety of our community from problems such as street violence, mental health, a growing homeless population, formally incarcerated persons returning to our community, and families in crisis, we know it will take every citizen joining forces with us to make our community a safer place. Every citizen is a stakeholder and I believe wholeheartedly the Leon County Sheriff’s Office’s ALLin LEON initiative can be the catalyst to our success as a community. The cornerstone of this initiative is a comprehensive community wellness model, utilizing LCSO’s SPIRIT platform. Therefore, our Office seeks support to deploy

Currently, our community wellness models are often specialized groups functioning independently. The experience of our providers informs the need to break down barriers and reduce silos between healthcare, mental health, social service organizations, law-enforcement agencies, and public health agencies. The community model, if it is to function with the upmost efficiency and effectiveness, should allow for greater collaboration between all of the aforementioned partners for holistic community wellness. The ideal community model will result in improved healthcare and mental health outcomes, reduce crime, and coordination of social service organizations responses to critical issues. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office offers to engage our community in this comprehensive community wellness model, using the SPIRIT platform to encourage collaboration and comprehensive approaches to community wellness. A focus on the following key elements are critical to our overall success as a community: · Governance Structure · Fiscal Planning · Cross-Sector Prevention Effort · Data Sharing Strategies · Performance Measures and Evaluation Imagine a system where effective, local, wellness service providers communicate in a shared forum, utilizing referrals to help those in desperate need of services and making connections that link to the wholeness of care. SPIRIT is a proven model and already exists within the Sheriff’s Office. Its community wide expansion is very implementable with limited additional resources. LCSO’s ALLin LEON initiative is best described as a comprehensive model designed to propel our community efforts to the next level. I am committed to our efforts, but this strategy cannot succeed without the full support of citizens on every level and from all backgrounds. Businesses, we need you. Faith community, we need you. Service providers, we need you. Leon County, we need you. Together, we can, and will, make Leon County a safer place to live, work, and play. Sheriff Walt McNeil

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What is ALLin LEON? “ALLin LEON” is a comprehensive plan which seems to unify people, agencies, and organizations to work collaboratively to reduce crime in Leon County. It is a partnership which allows all stakeholders to work toward this common goal. “ALLin LEON” is comprised of four components: prevention, re-entry, enforcement, and community involvement. Each component seeks to use reliable data to implement proven strategies.

PREVENTION : The utilization of valuable insight from youth, as well as partnerships with community groups, such as faith-based organizations, are essential in the fight against crime. This component provides needed support to our community’s most vulnerable and susceptible citizens, our children. We know prevention is more effective and less costly than intervention. Therefore, prevention is a key focus of the “ALLin LEON” initiative.

ENFORCEMENT : Law enforcement officials realize there exists an ongoing nexus between

guns, drugs, and organized offenders. Our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners will work collaboratively with the State Attorney and US Attorney to maximize their investigative and prosecutorial authority and to identify repeat criminals who resist efforts to rehabilitate and continue to offend.

RE-ENTRY : The re-entry component provides incarcerated individuals re-entering our

community with the tools needed to be productive citizens upon their return. Based on the Sheriff’s vision, and a heightened commitment to building stronger, safer communities in which formerly incarcerated individuals will become productive and law-abiding citizens, the Leon County Detention Facility is building a comprehensive Re-Entry Program. The Re-Entry Program will reduce recidivism by providing trauma-informed, evidence-based, educational, and self-help programs to inspire effective change in the lives of those we serve. Sustaining and developing professional partnerships with the community for successful re-entry into society is critical to a successful re-entry initiative.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT : Strong relationships of mutual trust between law

enforcement and communities are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing. Law enforcement officials rely on the cooperation of community members to provide information about crime in their neighborhoods and to devise solutions to crime and disorder problems. 2


FDLE’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) system provides standardized statistical reports on crime from data gathered across the state. The reports are compiled for each county in the state semiannually. Leon County’s UCR from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018 is captured in the graph below.

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PREVENTION Worship with Me Worship with Me is an initiative to connect local, at-risk youth with places of worship to form a meaningful and impactful mentorship experience. This is a social-science and data-driven project. Data shows religion matters in the lives of our youth. Research has proven youth who attend at least one worship experience weekly significantly decrease their chances of illegal activity and significantly increase their chances of academic success. This program does not focus on a specific religion or a specific type of activity. Our goals are to reduce violence in Leon County through prevention, create a lasting bond between at-risk youth and places of worship, increase the probability of a successful future for at-risk youth, and inform the community of the positive impact just one hour of worship can have on youth in our community. Places of worship participating in the program should have the ability to: encourage attendance to worship at least one hour each week, establish a liaison(s) (background check approved) to work with the youth and their family, offer transportation assistance, if necessary, and provide counseling services, as needed. Seven local churches pledged to participate in the pilot version of Worship with Me from June to August. A full community launch will occur in September 2019. For more information, contact Shonda Knight, Executive Director of Community and Media Relations, at knights@ leoncountyfl.gov or (850) 606-3270.

Back on Track “Back on Track” is an intervention program designed to reach first or second time juvenile offenders who have been sentenced to probation. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the State Attorney’s Office, and the Juvenile Court Judge, requires attendance to this program as part of a juvenile’s sentencing agreement. Juveniles who attend the program receive community service hours for their participation. The “Back on Track” program is intended to bridge the gap between law enforcement officers and troubled youth within our community. The curriculum focuses on racial and ethnic disparities and disproportionate minority contact (RED/DMC) concerns and addresses these issues through building a connection, developing mutual respect, trust and willingness to continue dialogue beyond the program. The ultimate goals of the “Back on Track” program are to provide valuable training to all youth and law enforcement participants and identify unmet needs of the juveniles for further referrals, in order for them to get “Back On Track” and not return to the justice system. Analysis is conducted on a six month and an annual basis to evaluate the success of the program. Sessions are held once per month. Additionally, a prevention component focuses on middle school students identified as having the propensity to participate in adverse or criminal behaviors. 4


School Resource deputies meet with students monthly and provide mentorship and awareness sessions. Specific training objectives for law enforcement:

Specific training objectives for youth:

• Promote community relationships – Community Policing • Enhance communication skills with youth • Provide de-escalation techniques • Encourage understanding and empathy of youth’s needs • Enhance understanding of adolescent brain development and the impact of toxic stress • Establish alternatives to arrest • Promote the use of civil citations • Think beyond the arrest • When appropriate, seek a restorative model rather than punitive discipline

• Encourage respect for law enforcement • Enhance understanding of law enforcement roles and goals • Encourage relationship building with officers in their area • Promote trust and rapport with officers • Provide de-escalation techniques • Promote self-awareness and understanding of what drives their behavior • Explore the consequences of behavior • Promote anti-gang and anti-gun violence initiatives

For more information on the Back on Track program, contact Chief Audrey Smith at smithaudrey@ leoncountyfl.gov or Youth Services at (850) 606-3251.

Wake-up Call Wake-up Call is an interactive forum designed for youth in Leon County to be heard by community stakeholders and to have their concerns addressed. The primary objective is to hold biennial community forums allowing community leaders and stakeholders to listen to a diverse group of youth in the Leon County community. Additional sessions will be held in Leon County Schools as determined by school officials and hosting student organizations. The inaugural, June 2019 event was held in conjunction with Wear Orange Weekend, a national initiative to bring awareness and offer solutions to curtail gun violence. A second objective of Wake-up Call is for community leaders to provide feedback to youth, in an effort to bridge the communication gap. Community leaders will identify initiatives implemented as a result of recommendations and input.

Youth Surveys Youth Community Needs Assessment - In partnership with Leon County Schools, we will survey youth, grades 8 and 10, to determine their needs based on geographical areas of the county. Using the results of the surveys, we can determine which programs and services might best suit youth in their respective communities. This needs assessment is a prevention strategy, conducted biannually, and is consistently updated to enhance the services provided to our youth. Youth participating in the Youth Leadership Advisory Council will collaborate with law enforcement and service providers to ensure programs are developed based on the needs assessments. 5


ENFORCEMENT Deputies without Borders In an effort to reduce crime, Sheriffs of the Big Bend region capitalized on a unique opportunity to enhance agencies’ crime response capabilities by creating a joint partnership. The urban and rural criminal influences which occur in counties in our region are invariably interrelated. A concentrated focus by Sheriffs and partner agencies from state and federal levels are united in an effort to deny the movement of drugs and stolen property in our region. This collaboration birthed “Deputies Without Borders” which serves to allow inter-agency support for each of the following objectives: • Curtail the flow of illegal drugs into communities through our roadways. • Aggressively identify and apprehend violent criminals and drug dealers. • Assertively share information and intelligence in an effort to ensure all partners are aware of the pattern and movement of our most chronic, habitual and violent offenders. • Utilize shared information in an effort to enhance the closure and successful prosecution of criminals.

Strike Force “Strike Force” is a multi-phase, coordinated effort, led by the US Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force. Strike Force seeks to apprehend violent offenders living within areas of Tallahassee/ Leon County who are associated with high levels of criminal activity such as narcotics and use of firearms in the commission of crimes.

Operation Safe Summer “Operation Safe Summer” is an initiative of the Tallahassee Police Department in conjunction with ALLin LEON. The mission of the operation is to create a safer environment for the citizens of Tallahassee and Leon County. In collaboration with partner agencies, officers take proactive measures, utilizing intelligence and data to attempt to curtail gun violence incidents. A data-driven precision policing model is used to identify areas and individuals who are involved in crimes of violence. The proactive, data-driven approach to TPD’s enhanced staffing response is centered around non-call driven specialty squads such as, C.O.P.P.S. (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-solving Squad) and V.C.R.T. (Violent Crime Reduction Team), who will utilize support units as needed. The methodology focuses police resources on chronic hot-spot areas, repeat victimization, and repeat criminal behavior. Members understand, although there are hot-spots of criminal activity and violence in certain areas, not everyone in those areas are involved in violent crime. Therefore, precision policing is used to work on specific offenders in residential hot-spot areas. 6


2019 Multi-Operation ALLin LEON Stats

2019 stats from LCSO S.P.I.D.E.R. Unit (Special Projects Investigations Detection Enforcement Response)

SPIDER is deployed to crime hotspots throughout Leon County that require a more focused, data-driven effort than patrol deputies can devote to the area.

Deputies without Borders

Strike Force Operation

Narcotics ...........................................5,675.48 g

Narcotics ...........................................1,198.92 g

Weapons .................................................................... 5

Weapons .................................................................... 8

Arrests

Arrests .......................................................................73

Cannabis .................................................................. 5,524.6 g Cocaine ....................................................................... 46.58 g Methamphetamine ..................................................... 33.5 g Miscellaneous*.............................................................70.8 g

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*Fentanyl, Prescription, Synthetic

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Cannabis ..................................................................... 448.6 g Cocaine ..................................................................... 223.82 g Methamphetamine .........................................................11 g Miscellaneous*...........................................................515.5 g

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RE-ENTRY GED Program Adult GED Classes (General Education Diploma) Adult GED classes are provided to assist inmates with improving reading, writing, and math skills to pass the GEDÂŽ test and earn a State of Florida high school diploma equivalency. In addition, students receive encouragement, understanding, and support to make progress toward their academic goals. This course is sponsored by Leon County Adult and Community Education program and available to male and female inmates. Juvenile GED Classes Juvenile inmates are afforded the opportunity to further their education and professional development. Provided by Leon County Schools, all juveniles housed in the Leon County Detention Facility are mandated to attend GED classes Monday-Friday. Additionally, an exceptional student education (ESE) instructor is provided four days per week for those students with learning disabilities who require specialized instruction.

Re-entry Fairs “Re-entry Fairs� provide information to the inmates and familiarize them with employment possibilities, community resources, social services, housing opportunities, food, clothing, and other services available in the community. Vendors have the opportunity to present their resources to the offenders for the first two hours and the final hour is used to tour the facility for those who are interested. Vendors take into consideration inmates may potentially be released to different counties throughout the state. Therefore, general information concerning services are vital to the inmates as they return to society.

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Job Skills TCC / Lively Partnership Obtaining sustainable employability continues to be a significant barrier for individuals released from custody after having served time for criminal convictions. The Leon County Detention Facility is making tremendous strides in offering increased programs with the ultimate goal to reduce recidivism in Leon County. While education and self-help programs will greatly aid in transitioning our population, enhancing employability opportunities is key to our re-entry efforts. To this end, we are partnering with external stakeholders such as Tallahassee Community College, Lively Technical College, Career Source, Aramark, and others to create new employment opportunities. Essential job skills training is taught to inmates. Training includes, but is not limited to interviewing skills, resume writing, appropriate grooming, proper speech, and job search strategies. Additionally, vocational skills training is being introduced into the Leon County Detention Facility. Inmates have an opportunity to participate in programs to provide essential skills that translate to jobs upon re-entering our community. This offering provides another opportunity for re-entry success.

Mental Health / Substance Abuse Treatment “Mental Health Services� at the Leon County Detention Facility include but are not limited to Individual Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Substance Abuse Counseling, Psychiatric Services, Coping, Communication & Life Skills Development as well as Anger Management Skills Development. The Mental Health Department encourages inmates to develop and utilize skills such as journaling, physical exercise, counseling, and medication management if needed, to obtain, improve and maintain overall positive mental health status. Another key to a successful transition back into the community is effective treatment of substance abuse. Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, promote sobriety and healthy lifestyles and provide ongoing self-help meetings for those who desire support in remaining free from chemical substances. The program is facilitated by approved volunteers and offers a support group to the male and female inmate population. The Substance Abuse Education Course educates inmates on the effects of drugs on the body. The educational course covers substance abuse, the consequences of abuse, and the benefits of recovery. The course is designed as a 9-week open-ended educational program exploring addiction, relapse, recovery, and treatment. 9


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Tallahassee Peacemakers The Tallahassee Peacemakers Initiative (TPI) is an intergenerational grassroots network of community activists, street advocates, and ex-offenders who share a goal is to eliminate violence through economic opportunity and outreach, solicit information, and intervene to de-escalate, and redirect violent behaviors of youth and young adults. As a vehicle of service for those on probation or just seeking to give back, TPI promotes and encourages “productive citizenship” by providing opportunities for impactful service, gainful employment, and anti-violence advocacy within Tallahassee’s urban sectors. TPI enlists and provides a platform for mature ex-offenders to invest their knowledge and experience, both positive and negative, to share their stories at local schools, community-based events, and organizationally hosted closed community listening sessions within highcrime or at-risk areas in the Tallahassee community. Ultimately, TPI’s objective is to build relationships, gather information, and mediate gang and other conflicts to prevent violence.

Cease Fire The Leon County Sheriff’s Office and partners in the ALLin LEON initiative are committed to reducing crime, specifically gun violence. A critical component of ALLin LEON is to reduce violent crime by removing firearms from the hands of offenders. In collaboration with Big Bend Crime Stoppers, “Cease Fire” is a new initiative offering monetary incentives for individuals who provide tips which lead to the seizure of unlawfully used guns and lead to the arrest of those persons in possession of the weapons. Tipsters can remain anonymous and receive a $1,000 reward. Cease Fire is modeled after successful programs from various communities across the country. These communities rely on businesses and private donors to fund their gun bounty programs. We hope you view “Cease Fire” as a worthy and impactful investment in our community and the safety of our citizens. We know a reduction in crime contributes to a healthy and vibrant business climate as well. Therefore, we seek donations from businesses and donors to fund “Cease Fire”. With a commitment of $2,000 or more, your business will be listed as an official partner in the ALLin LEON Cease Fire initiative. This includes the display of your logo on various promotional materials. Let us send a strong message to those individuals in our community who resort to violence and illegal activity. We invite you to join our efforts. For more information or to make a contribution, contact Shonda Knight, Executive Director of Community and Media Relations, at knights@leoncountyfl.gov or (850) 606-3270.

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Neighborhood Crime Watch Be a part of the original social network! “Neighborhood Crime Watches” are a joint effort between private citizens and local law enforcement. The goal is to help residents get to know their neighbors better and work with them to reduce crime, develop a more united community, provide an avenue of communication between police and citizens, establish on-going crime prevention techniques in neighborhoods, and renew citizen interest in community activity. Through cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, some of the things you will learn: • What to do in an emergency • How to best identify a suspicious person • How to identify a vehicle being used in a suspected criminal activity • Signs to watch out for before entering a house or apartment that may be in the process of being burglarized

• What to do in case of injury • What to do about suspicious people loitering on your street • How to identify stolen merchandise • How to recognize auto theft in progress • How to recognize a burglary in progress • How to protect yourself and family – and much more

To get started, contact your neighbors and arrange a date, place, and time for the first meeting. Hold the meetings at your home or the home of a neighbor. Plan a time that is convenient to most of your neighbors – preferably in the evening. Contact the Leon County Sheriff ’s Office and schedule a deputy to meet with you and your neighbors and provide an informal lecture and free literature. For more information, contact Sergeant Terry Howard at (850) 606-3331 or howardt@leoncountyfl.gov.

“Nextdoor” is a social networking platform designed for local communities and neighborhoods. The mission is to “provide a trusted platform where neighbors work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world.” With the Nextdoor app, users can interact with their immediate neighbors, discuss community news, share safety concerns, and even alert each other of suspicious activity as well as, share and receive information from law enforcement partners.

“Neighbors” offers a new-age approach to neighborhood watch. Users can receive real-time crime and safety alerts from their neighbors and local law enforcement. The app brings neighbors together by sharing information and creating a sense of community. It allows citizens to know when and where crime has occurred in our community. The app allows us to share updates to keep you and our community safe. 11


GOALS & OBJECTIVES PREVENTION GOAL: Through intervention programs and initiatives, reduce abhorrent behaviors, juvenile crime, and recidivism by 20% over a two-year period beginning June 1, 2019. Objective 1: Partner 50 churches with 100 at-risk youth through the Worship with Me Initiative by May 31, 2020. Objective 2: Pair 100% of LCSO’s deputies and correctional officers with youth referred to the Back on Track Program by year 2022 to reduce law enforcement/youth conflicts, create harmonious working relationships, and provide youth with tools for success. Objective 3: In partnership with Leon County Schools, survey a sampling of 8th and 10th grade Leon County School students bi-annually before October 1 to determine the needs of youth in various geographical areas of Leon County and use survey results to structure programs for youth. Objective 4: Host interactive listening sessions between youth and community leaders/stakeholders twice annually.

RE-ENTRY GOAL: Reduce inmate recidivism by providing all inmates assigned to the Re-entry Program with trauma-informed, evidence-based, educational and self-help programs prior to returning into Leon County. Objective 1: Using SPIRIT Solutions, implement a re-entry portal comprised of a needs assessment and referral component to connect inmates to community resources by September 30, 2019. Objective 2: Establish and equip re-entry pods within the Leon County Detention Facility to provide pre-release services to inmates by January 1, 2020. Objective 3: Partner with at least 25 area businesses to sign Pledge of Support to hire formerly incarcerated inmates by June 30, 2020. 12


GOALS & OBJECTIVES LAW ENFORCEMENT GOAL: Through collaborative law enforcement partnerships, reduce criminal activity in Tallahassee/ Leon County by 25% by December 2020. Objective 1: Positively identify, apprehend, and prosecute the top 10% of adult and juvenile offenders involved in criminal activity, namely gun violence and property crimes. Objective 2: Using the Group Violence Reduction Strategy, deter criminal activity by offering high risk individuals opportunities for education, training, employment, and prosocial bonds and relationships. Objective 3: Increase utilization of heat maps, License Plate Recognition Systems (LPR), video assets, and Real-time Crime Center (RTCC) to direct proactive patrol and investigative efforts by 40%. Objective 4: Seek Project Safe Neighborhood Grant by October 1 to fund the enhanced, multi-agency enforcement efforts between January-December 2020.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT GOAL: Increase community involvement in crime prevention initiatives by 20% in order to reduce gun violence and criminal activity in Leon County. Objective 1: Reduce gun violence and gun-related offenses by 15% using the CeaseFIRE program as a prevention tool. Objective 2: Expand Leon County’s community involvement by 20% through social media communication and traditional crime prevention programming by 2021. Objective 3: Support grassroots and community-led crime prevention efforts by attending monthly community meetings and events. 13


Partner Agencies Law Enforcement Partners: Florida Department of Law Enforcement Florida Highway Patrol Tallahassee Police Department Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Florida State University Police Department Florida A&M University Police Department Tallahassee Community College Police Department Deputies without Borders (Big Bend Area) State Attorney’s Office United States Attorney’s Office

Community Partners: Leon County Schools RED/DMC Leon Committee Livingstones International Tallahassee Peacemakers Community Connections Whole Child Leon TEMPO (Tallahassee Engaged in Meaningful Productivity for Opportunity Youth) Disc Village Moms Demanding Action Department of Juvenile Justice Big Bend Crime Stoppers Local religious institutions

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2019 overview of ALLin LEON initiative presented by the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

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