2020 Agenda

The Issues We Face

We are dedicated to protecting the safety and values of Floridian Families and Visitors for our Generation and Future Generations. Below you will find the issues that affect these rights and privileges.

Senior Fraud Protection

Florida is home to one of the largest percentages of senior citizens in the country. It has become a hunting ground for would be thieves and swindlers using advanced technologies to prey upon our most precious assets. Those who spent their lives making this country what it is today. This simply will not do!

The Florida Council for Safe Communities is working to educate and safeguard our senior citizens by creating identifiers that seniors can use to spot these scam artists, the methods they use and to report them to the proper authorities.

For more information about how to tell if a senior may be a victim of financial fraud and how to guard against senior scams, click here.

Immigration Reform

It's a fact that most company's promote from within yet the American Worker is threatened from Without. The fact of the matter is this, your community is in a war to protect American Workers from foreign workers through lax immigration laws and the soon to come "Open Borders" Policy which gives American Jobs to Foreign Workers.

If we are to truly recover from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic American Workers must come first! You must come first! Let's pull together as a community and let lawmakers know, "We Come First".

Drunk Driving

While significant progress has been made around the country to decrease drunk driving, there is more to do. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the average drunk driver has driven under the influence 80 times before his first arrest. Every two minutes in the United States, a person is injured in a drunk driving accident. This is unacceptable anywhere, but with our multiple high-population metropolitan areas, Floridians are at an even greater risk on the road. We want to build on the success of MADD and other groups to highlight the dangers of drunk driving as well as support policies to make it even tougher for those who foolishly choose to jeopardize their safety and the safety of others by getting behind the wheel while drunk.

Gangs

Gangs are a serious problem throughout Florida, often cultivating their loose structures and identities in jail or prisons when malefactors drift together based on shared geographic backgrounds or other unifying characteristics. The gangs in Florida may imitate larger, national groups that are known for violence. Most of the street gangs in some way sell or traffic drugs and can get caught up in war-like conflict with each other, causing disturbances throughout our communities. Better tools for law enforcement and community engagement can help reduce gang activity.

Bullying

Bullying has become a serious problem throughout the country and with today’s environment of students being always connected through mobile devices and social media, it is leading to deaths and tragedies. Many in Florida have rightly made ending bullying a priority. There is much left to be done. Bullying can be an indicator of behavior that turns into dangerous or learning to ride criminal behavior later in life, so cracking down now will lead to safe communities down the road.

Identity Theft

Florida is especially vulnerable to identity theft. Our large tourism economy provides a high volume of credit card transactions for bad operators to sift through. Our retiree population sometimes lacks technological acumen, which can be exploited by too-good-to-be-true online offerings or other complicated transactions. Where we once focused on neighborhood safety, we now have to consider that the bad guys can come into our homes through the Internet and steal enough information about one’s identity to ruin someone. We hope to encourage safe online communities in the same way that we want to have safe neighborhoods.

Sexual Predators

One of the most disturbing criminal activities we face as a society are sexual predators who prey on children. We have done much to raise awareness on this issue, though it remains one of the most difficult to ferret out, as the bad actors are skilled and use the internet to mask Welcome home!their identities while trying to lure their victims out of safety. One of the most important defenses is to build awareness with parents, so that they are monitoring their children’s online activity and maintaining safe boundaries in their social lives.

Human Trafficking

We are unfortunately seeing an increase in human trafficking: 27 million people are enslaved around the world, with victims subjected to sexual exploitation or forced labor. While many associate trafficking with underdeveloped nations, Floridians can fall victim to this horrific crime. Our children may be kidnapped. Online stalkers might lure unsuspecting victims into compromising situations. One of our charges is to help build awareness, with parents, teachers, emergency medicine personnel, employers, and any others who might witness the signs of human trafficking. The more we build our knowledge of this crime, the better we will be able to stop it.

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OUR GOAL

Our goal is to support public policies that would eradicate the most significant threats to community safety. We want to protect our citizens as well as the tourists on whom our economy depends.

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