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“Safeguarding Innocence: Sheriff Potter's Stand Against Child Abuse”

As we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is imperative that we stand united in our commitment to protect the most vulnerable among us – our children.

Child abuse knows no boundaries. It lurks in the shadows of our neighborhoods, often hidden behind closed doors. But it is not enough to simply turn a blind eye. We must be vigilant. We must be proactive. That is why I urge each and every one of you: if you see something, say something. Your voice has the power to save a life, to rescue a suffering child.

Together, we can break the cycle of abuse and create a safer, more nurturing environment for our youth to thrive. In the state of Florida, we are fortunate to have resources available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether it's suspected child abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult, this resource stands ready to receive your call, ensuring swift intervention and assistance.

Our collaborative efforts extend beyond responding to reported cases. In cases where allegations implicate individuals beyond traditional caregivers, our strategic partnership ensures seamless coordination with the appropriate organizations. This process guarantees a rapid and decisive response, leaving no room for delay or oversight in addressing instances of child abuse within our communities. By upholding these standards and fostering cooperation, we reinforce our commitment to protecting the innocence and well-being of every child under our jurisdiction.

As we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month, let us recommit ourselves to the protection of our children. Let us be their voice when they cannot speak. Let us be their shield against harm. Together, we can build a future where every child is safe, loved, and cherished.
For comprehensive resources and information on preventing abuse, visit the Florida Department of Children and Families website and the National Abuse Resources link provided below. 

Let us unite in our resolve to ensure every child's safety and well-being. Stay vigilant, stay resolute, and remember: if you see something, say something.

Be Kind, Be Safe, God Bless.
Sheriff Jim Potter