Students enrolled in the Criminal Justice Academy at Pinellas Park High School want to honor and remember officers who lost their lives while protecting the public. The Academy organized the group Operation 10-24 which created a specialty license plate and brought the idea to Senator Latvala.
On Wednesday, the students, along with lawmakers unveiled the proposed specialty license plate.
“The idea for this specialty tag came from students in the Criminal Justice Academy where they are training our future law enforcement officers. This is truly a fine way to honor our law enforcement officers who have given their lives while serving their community,” Senator Latvala stated in a press release.
Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) and Representative Dwight Dudley (D-St. Petersburg) have filed a bill to be considered during the 2013 Legislative Session, which will create a specialty license plate to honor law enforcement officers that are killed in the line of duty.
Senate bill 712 and House bill 911 will provide for proceeds from the annual fee of $25 per tag to benefit the Police and Kids Foundation, Inc. which is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity.
Seventy percent of the funds from the tag fee will go toward training and equipment for law enforcement officer safety and 30% will go toward education. This could include high school programs that have a law enforcement education focus or a scholarship for a student in the police academy.
“I admire the efforts of the students and the intended use for the funds, which will help our current and future law enforcement officers,” added Senator Latvala.
Rep. Dudley stated in a press release, ”This is the least that we can do to honor the brave men and women who protect us. They risk their lives on a daily basis, so that we may live ours in peace. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice for those that they serve, and I am glad to do whatever I can to serve them in kind.”
St. Pete Patch attached a photo of the proposed license plate. Officials say it will be revised with the word "hero" replacing the word "man."
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