The Sheriff & the LET Fund

The Escambia County Sheriff is permitted the following categories of expenditures from the Law Enforcement Trust (LET) Fund.

Florida Statutes 932.7055 Disposition of liens and forfeited property (special law enforcement trust fund – see paragraph 5, subsection C)

“Such funds may be used only for school resource officer, crime prevention, safe neighborhood, drug abuse education, or drug prevention programs or such other law enforcement purposes as the board of county commissioners or governing body of the municipality deems appropriate.”

Suggesting the Sheriff is precluded from allocating money for school resource officers because he “can’t budget them” is only half right.

He cannot budget these as salaried positions — right.

He therefore can’t pay these school resource officers every year from this trust fund — wrong.

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