You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

"Reality Check with LCSO" and the BLAST Program Bring Law Enforcement and Students Together

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida will join the Leon County Sheriff’s Office tomorrow to present a BLAST (“Building Lasting Relationships Between Police and Community”) Program as part of the three-day “Reality Check with LCSO” event.

Event: Reality Check with LCSO, featuring the BLAST Program

Location:

Leon County Sheriff’s Office
2825 Municipal Way
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Media Availability:

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Time: 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Press: Please RSVP to Shonda Knight at knight@leoncountyfl.gov or Amy Alexander at amy.alexander@usdoj.gov if you plan to attend.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office’s Reality Check programs offer teens an opportunity to spend three days with LCSO deputies, learning about law enforcement and the consequences of illegal actions.  The program includes a tour of the Detention Facility and culminates with a roundtable discussion on the final day.

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.

Wednesday’s 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:

  • Leon County Sheriff’s Office
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida
  • FAMU Police Department
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Drug Enforcement Administration

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 http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

Topic(s): 
Community Outreach
Contact: 
For more information, contact: Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer amy.alexander@usdoj.gov
Updated July 24, 2018