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June 6, 2001

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Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris has been appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the "Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council." Sheriff Morris fills a position formerly occupied by Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder.

Morris joins Miami-Dade County's Carlos Alvarez as one of two Sheriffs on the 14 member panel. Both Sheriffs are serving two year terms, expiring in 2003.

The council is charged with advising the Director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on grant programs to help local agencies combat violent crime and drug abuse. Other priorities for the group include expanding the use of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), and creating a criminal justice research and behavioral science center.

The governor also appoints two chiefs of police, one Medical Examiner, and one State Attorney. The other eight members of the Council represent Florida's Attorney General, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Department of Corrections, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida's Commissioner of Education, and the Florida Network of Victim/Witness Services.

Sheriff Morris is the only member of the Violent Crime and Drug Control Council from northwest Florida.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer
(850) 651-7420

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