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Law Enforcement Officers Join Students for a Day of Learning

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida
BLAST (Building Lasting Relationships Between Police and Community) Program Brings Law Enforcement and Communities Together

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida, the Pensacola Police Department, and West Florida High School will present a BLAST Program event on Wednesday to approximately 50 students.

Event: BLAST Program

Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center
913 South I Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Time: 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT

  • 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rotating Group Breakouts (40 minutes each)
  • 12:10 – 12:30 p.m. “Returning from Prison” Presentation
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

Press: Please RSVP to Amy Alexander at if you plan to attend.

The BLAST Program offers students an opportunity to meet representatives of the criminal justice community and ask them questions, share their perceptions of law enforcement, and interact with law enforcement officers in a familiar setting.  Law enforcement officers also provide students with their perspective on responding to dangerous or uncertain circumstances and the importance of remaining calm and following the officers’ directions in these situations.

The schedule will include the following discussion sessions, during which students will have a chance to participate in role play with law enforcement officers.  (Students have media permissions.)

Criminal Justice Overview: Students will learn about each phase of a federal criminal case, including investigation, prosecution, and sentencing.  This session is open to the media, and videography and photography is permitted.

Domestic Violence: Students will participate in a scenario in which law enforcement officers respond to a domestic disturbance.  Discussion includes the challenges officers face, rights of witnesses and suspects, and benefits of providing information to law enforcement.  This session is open to the media, and videography and photography is permitted.

Traffic Stop Simulation: Participants and officers alternate playing the roles of civilians and officers in a traffic stop.  Discussion includes de-escalation and the uncertainty officers and vehicle occupants face during a traffic stop.  This session is open to the media, and videography and photography is permitted.

Use of Force: Facilitators and students will discuss when law enforcement officers may use force and an officer’s reaction time when confronted with a life-threatening situation.  This session is closed to the media.  Reporters may try the simulator equipment after the event ends.

Participating agencies include:

  • United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida
  • Pensacola Police Department
  • FAMU Police Department
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit


Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer

Updated April 1, 2019

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