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Secretary's Messages


  • Congratulations to Sharon G. Washington, a supervisor in the Background Screening Unit, who recently graduated from the Florida Leadership Academy (FLA) in Pensacola. The FLA program is a vital part of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, located within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Bureau of Professional Development.
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  • Congratulations to Corporal Pierre Casseus who was recently presented with the South Region Employee of the Quarter award from Major Dennis Driscoll. Corporal Casseus has been working for the state of Florida since 2005 and began working for DJJ in 2007. As a veteran staff member, Corporal Casseus has welcomed and taken many new staff members under his wing. Corporal Casseus does not miss work and can be counted on to complete all of his duties in a timely manner. He also has an award-winning smile for each person he comes across and has a great rapport with his co-workers, parents and youth.
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  • Congratulations to Charlene Wilcox for being named Hillsborough Juvenile Detention Center Employee of the Month. Ms. Wilcox received this honor for her dedicated service to the youth and fellow staff at the detention center. Superintendent Marcus Wilson presented her with her certificate.
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  • Congratulations to Senior Juvenile Probation Officer (SJPO ) Maritza Hernandez from Unit 110 in Hillsborough County for being recognized as the Central Region Probation and Community Intervention Employee of the Quarter!
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  • DJJ has hosted several graduations over the past few months and we would like to honor all of our recent juvenile justice probation and detention officers for all they have accomplished. These officers will work with our youth either in the community or in our detention centers around the state. Congratulations to all who have made the commitment to serve Florida’s youth and families, we are proud to have you as part of the DJJ team!
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  • Last week, Secretary Simone Marstiller joined PACE Center for Girls staff, board members, and PACE girls from around the state for the annual PACE Center for Girls Day at the Capitol. More than 100 PACE girls came to the Capitol and met with members of the Florida House, Florida Senate, and even First Lady Casey DeSantis, to share the impact PACE has had on their lives and to advocate for improvements on key issues impacting girls across Florida.
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  • Last Tuesday, First Lady Casey DeSantis honored the 2019 DJJ Youth Ambassadors at the Florida Governor’s Mansion in celebration of Youth Success Day. Joining the First Lady in honoring this year’s ambassadors was Secretary Marstiller, DJJ leadership, community partners and members of both the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF) and Florida Juvenile Justice Association (FJJA).
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  • Last week, Secretary Simone Marstiller attended juvenile probation officer training at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway. Secretary Marstiller participated in the training to gain a better understanding of the role juvenile probation officers play throughout the juvenile justice process.
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  • Congratulations to Circuit 16 Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor (JPOS) Paul Armstrong who was appointed to the South Florida Behavioral Health Network (SFBHN) Board of Directors for his second term.
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  • Major Dennis Driscoll from the Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) recently presented a special acknowledgement bracelet to Corporal Patrick Thomas for his many dedicated years of service to the center and our agency.
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  • On Friday, February 15, 2019 juvenile justice detention officer graduations were celebrated for officers attending the Hillsborough and Valencia College Academies.
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  • Last week, Secretary Marstiller had the opportunity to attend the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services Executive Advisory Board meeting in Tallahassee.
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  • Continuing with Black History Month, I bring your attention to the ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail;’ a great piece of American literature written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In this piece of American literature, Dr. King is responding to his critics.
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  • Congratulations to Juvenile Probation Officer Geraldine Cox who was recently named Circuit 19 2018 Employee of the Year.
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  • Secretary Simone Marstiller traveled to the Tampa Bay area last week to visit three of our DJJ programs. Her first stop was at the Hillsborough Regional Juvenile Detention Center, where she toured the facility with Major Marcus Wilson before sharing her vision with youth and staff.
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  • Congratulations to our own Delinquency Prevention Specialist Onazina Washington III who was recently promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in the United States Army during a recent ceremony in Iraq.
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  • Kudos to Juvenile Detention Officer (JDO) Derek Jackson from the Hillsborough Regional Juvenile Detention Center for his outstanding work using the center’s new behavioral management system.
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  • In recognition of January 11th as Human Trafficking Awareness Day, DJJ hosted a training opportunity on human trafficking.
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  • As we recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and January 11th as Human Trafficking Awareness Day, it is important to remember the significant impact this horrific crime has on our state and nation.
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  • As the month of December came to close, DJJ wrapped up our Festive Fridays with some fun events. On December 14, DJJ held a “Bowl of Winter Warmth” cookoff where we asked each region and circuit to participate.
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