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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
February 1, 2016
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Florida Department of Corrections Ensures Public Safety and Receives Several Recognitions

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Corrections received high praise during recent weeks from peers thanking staff members for their commitment to public safety and their dedication to helping fellow citizens.

Secretary Julie Jones said, “The Department is proud of the many hard working men and women who deserve the highest commendation for their model behavior both on and off duty. Congratulations to those recently lauded by their peers.”

Here are the following admirable actions recently taken by Department staff:

  • The Hamilton Correctional Institution K-9 team assisted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office on two different occasions on Monday, January 18. The team assisted in the tracking and capture of three burglary suspects in White Springs and assisted in locating an 85 year-old blind male who went missing from an Assistant Living Home.
  • The North Miami Police Department thanked Probation Officer Tyrone Francis and his staff on Saturday, January 23 for their collaborative work in apprehending a violent robber along with four other subjects.
  • Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones recognized Probation Officer Jancie Vinson for her community involvement over the years. Officer Vinson helped the police department three years ago in spearheading a program to assist youthful offenders between the ages of 16-24. This program personally assisted one youthful offender who completed a degree from Santa Fe College and now is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. She also created a community group in helping with key issues in the City of Gainesville and the greater Alachua County area. Please see Police Chief Jones’ letter attached to this email.
  • The United States Army National Guard’s C Company, 2-124th Infantry Battalion who are currently stationed in Africa sent a thank you note to Dade Correctional Institution on Tuesday, January 19 for sending them care packages during the holiday season. Captain Daniel Arrant contacted the warden saying, “The guys looked like they had Christmas day all over again.”
  • Future Farmers of America advisor and DeSoto High School teacher Christi Pryor wrote a letter on Friday, January 22 thanking Officer Whitmore and his work squad for constructing the high school’s agriculture livestock facilities. She noted their great attention to detail and adherence to the school’s vision to create a spectacular yet safe working environment for the facilities.


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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