Florida Police Chiefs Association endorses Pam Bondi for AG

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The Florida Police Chiefs Association is endorsing Attorney General Pam Bondi in her re-election bid.

In a statement announcing the FPCA endorsement, leadership cited Bondi’s support for the state’s law enforcement and public safety and specifically her efforts to combat human trafficking and illegal drugs.

Bondi was also recognized for her work on funding the Prescription Drugs Monitoring Database, which collects controlled prescription medication information as a tool to reduce drug diversion and abuse. She has also aggressively targeted pill mills and prescription drug abuse, working with Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature to close legal loopholes allowing illegitimate doctors and pharmacies to overprescribe and dispense prescription

“Thanks to her efforts,” said the release, “Florida’s pill mill epidemic is lessening and lives are undoubtedly being saved.”

“Attorney General Pam Bondi has always demonstrated her commitment to law enforcement and the safety of our citizens,” said FPCA President Frank Kitzerow,“We look forward to her continued leadership and support.”

In her campaign to make Florida a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, the group noted that Bondi formed partnerships with law enforcement agencies to raise awareness about human trafficking. She was also instrumental in launching a public awareness campaign to educate Floridians on how to recognize human trafficking victims.

“Based on her record, Attorney General Pam Bondi is the clear choice for re-election as Florida’s top law enforcement officer,” said FPCA Executive Director Amy Mercer.”The Florida Police Chiefs are proud to support her.”

The FPCA is the fourth largest state police chiefs association in the U.S., composed of more than 750 of the state’s top law enforcement executives with members representing every region of the state. FPCA represents municipal police departments, airport police, college and university police, private business and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies.

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