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Crime Down 20% in Two Years, Jail Population Isn’t: Sheriff Strains to Explain Paradox

| April 23, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre touted Flagler County as one of the safest places in Florida and said the fact should be marketed to prospective businesses, but was less clear about the relationship between falling crime and a still-high jail population, or the county’s need for nearly tripling its jail beds.

Sheriff’s Awards Go To Deputy Pedersen, Detention Deputy Ward and Volunteer Ramos

| April 14, 2015

Deputy Erik Pedersen was recognized for going beyond the call of duty in helping a 94-year-old woman reconnect to the world, and Detention Deputy Ronald Ward stopped an inmate from committing suicide.

Last Patrol: Undersheriff Rick Staly Looks Back On 40 Years as a “Cop’s Cop,” and Forward

| April 14, 2015

Undersheriff Rick Staly, who retires this week, took his last road patrol last Friday, an unusually quiet evening he spent driving and reflecting on his career and how law enforcement has changed since his first days as a cop in 1974.

Sheriff’s Deputy Under Investigation After He’s Found at “Young Adults” Drinking Party

| April 13, 2015

The deputy, Jonathan Kuleski, 22, was in the company of about 15 people in a wooded area behind houses along Wood Aspen Drive and Wood Acre Lane in Palm Coast.

Police Badge More Than “Just a Trinket Or Souvenir”: Sheriff and Bunnell Deny Ex-Cop

| April 13, 2015

When David Barbee, who’d worked with the Flagler sheriff’s office and the Bunnell Police Department for a badge and retirement ID–though he did not retire from either agency–he was denied from both agencies. He is protesting the decision to the Bunnell commission tonight.

As Sheriff Defends Cops’ Body Cams, Public Defender Warns Of Untenable New Work Load

| April 8, 2015

Public Defender James Purdy agrees with Sheriff Manfre that cops’ body cams are a valuable addition, but he says neither his nor the state attorney’s office have the manpower required to review the data being generated by the cameras, and the Legislature isntt about to provide more money or attorneys to help.

Florida Senate Calls For Police Policies on Body Cameras, Addressing Privacy and Data

| April 7, 2015

Body cams are worn by deputies at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Jim Manfre instituted the practice when he took office in 2013 and has been an ardent defender of the cameras.

From One Second To The Next: Sheriff Joins Awareness Campaign Against Distracted Driving

| April 6, 2015

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and Flagler Sheriff’s Police Athletic League are promoting awareness about distracted driving in April, which is Distracted Driviong Awareness Month, with a focus on Florida’s Move Over Law.

Ahead of Political Season, Sheriff’s PIO Chief Weber Is Latest on Growing List of Departures

| April 2, 2015

Bob Weber’s departure means that none of the top staff Sheriff Jim Manfre introduced a day before his inauguration will be in the sheriff’s office by the end of April as significant turnover continues.

Sheriff Names Jeff Hoffman Chief Deputy, Eliminating Undersheriff Position

| March 26, 2015

The promotion follows the recent announcement that Undersheriff Rick Staly will retire next month. The sheriff also announced the promotions of Jason Neat and Jon Welker to Sergeant.

Undersheriff Rick Staly Resigns,
Fueling Speculation About 2016

| March 17, 2015

The resignation, framed as a retirement, is likely to fuel speculation that Staly–a registered Republican–may be preparing a run for the sheriff’s office in less than two years.

Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit Shifts From Harleys To BMWs For $115,000

| March 7, 2015

The 110-horesepower, 1200-cc motorcycle is a model especially modified for police use. Residents and visitors can expect to see the BMW motorcycles throughout Flagler County beginning this weekend.

Sheriff Manfre Agrees to $183,000 Settlement Over Wage Dispute With 155 Deputies

| February 18, 2015

The settlement will award an average of $487 in back pay to 104 current and former road deputies, and an average of $1,670 to current and former corrections deputies, ending one of three major legal matters burdening the sheriff’s office.

For Flagler Cop Sam Bell, Stopping
Bad Guys Didn’t End With Desk Duty

| February 7, 2015

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Sam Bell was sidelined from regular duty after a drunk driver caused his knee injury, but twice in the past three weeks he helped lead to the arrest of two suspects.

Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Pedersen Reconnects 94-Year-Old Mondex Woman To the World

| February 3, 2015

When Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Erik Pedersen discovered that 94-year-old Ann Parker was without a phone in her Mondex home, he bought her one and refused payment.

Flagler Commission Approves $18 Million Jail Expansion, Tripling Capacity to 404 Beds

| February 2, 2015

The expansion of the jail will cost the sheriff and the county more to run. Those annual costs, drawn from property tax revenue, have not yet been provided.

Glitches Fixed, Flagler’s Upgraded 911 System Readies For Launch, With Text-to-911 Next

| January 30, 2015

The $266,000 upgrade enables dispatchers to more quickly and accurately zero in on cell callers’ location. In the near future, text-to-911 capabilities will make it easier for the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired to use 911.

Sheriff Manfre Will Ask For 5% Pay Raise For Ranks, First Substantial Increase in 6 Years

| January 29, 2015

Flagler Sheriff’s deputies finally got a 1 percent raise promised them since October but embargoed for disputed reasons as Sheriff Jim Manfre on Thursday said he’d move forward with a request for the first substantial raises in six years come budget season.

11 Deputies, Several of Them Military Veterans, Join Flagler Sheriff’s Office

| January 23, 2015

The 10 men and one woman, all starting at $33,012 a year, include a retired police chief, four veterans of the U.S. military, and several deputies with college degrees.

Flagler Deputies Now Equipped With Bean-Bag Firing Shotguns For Less Lethal Encounters

| January 15, 2015

As debates about police tactics in violent encounters with individuals continue, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has converted 30 shotguns from its existing stock to use as less lethal weapons in such potentially perilous situations.

As Compliance Replaces Controversy, Sheriff Cautions of 2 DUI Checkpoints in Palm Coast

| December 18, 2014

The checkpoints, which must follow strict guidelines, will be located at Palm Coast Pkwy NW and Frontage Road as well as State Road 100, East of Old Kings Road.

Ethics Commission Rejects Settlement With Sheriff Manfre, Reopening Case on All Charges

| December 16, 2014

Manfre’s practices and claims of innocence until cautioned otherwise came under withering criticism by several members of the commission, who voted 7-2 to further investigate all charges originally brought against him.

Yes, We’re Cops. And We’re Human Beings. But We Won’t Be Your Victims.

| December 12, 2014

In an impassioned response to acute criticism leveled at police after events in Ferguson and Staten Island, Jonathan Dopp, a sheriff’s deputy in Flagler County, presents law enforcement’s unapologetic perspective.

Flagler Sheriff’s Deputy Byrne Injured During DUI Investigation of Bunnell Suspect

| December 5, 2014

Kevin Byrne, an eight-year veteran and a corporal with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, was struck in the leg by a suspect’s car, which the suspect had left unsecured during a DUI investigation near Los Amigos on Nov. 30.

Sgt. Larry Jones, One of Flagler Sheriff’s First Black Deputies, Retires After 30 Years

| December 4, 2014

Jones’s career has straddled the best and worst of the county’s history. When he was hired in October 1984, Jones was only the fifth African-American deputy hired in Flagler County, which only a few years earlier had been the last county to desegregate its schools in Florida.

New Sheriff’s HQ Square Footage Grows By a Third Even as Construction Cost Falls to $4.2 Million

| December 2, 2014

Instead of a $6.2 million demolition and construction project, the lowest bid for the sheriff’s HQ came in at $4.2 million, with the sheriff gaining 9,000 more square feet in the bargain, for a total of 35,000 square feet.

Sheriff Jim Manfre Faces $1,500 Fine in Ethics Violation as Report Details Travel, Gift and Spending Lapses

| November 25, 2014

The Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that Sheriff Jim Manfre violated ethics laws on three counts, but in an agreement, Manfre conceded to one violation and got two other charges dismissed.

Even As Lawsuit Gets in the Way, Sheriff and Union Agree that “Substantial” Raises Are Due

| November 19, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies and other employees have been without a serious raise in five years and the sheriff and union are at a negotiating impasse, but both sides are attempting to reach agreement on a small prize: a 1 percent raise the county commission pledged employees this year.

Sheriff Manfre Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Unpaid Wages, Jeopardizing Raise for Troops

| November 8, 2014

Four ex-deputies have sued Sheriff Jim Manfre in federal court over briefings they were forced to attend without being paid, causing the Sheriff to shelve a 1 percent raise previously due the agency’s employees.

Two Deputies Save a Deer That May Have Been Hanging From a Fence for Hours

| November 3, 2014

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Agricultural and Ranch Deputy Steve Williams and Sergeant Mike Lutz saved a deer hanging by its hind leg on a 6-foot fence at 26 Winchester Road.

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