Photo/Story Gallery 2007

Governor Crist Signs FHP Auxiliary Legislation

Governor Crist signing billGovernor Crist explains the Auxiliary legislation to the news mediaOn Tuesday, July 31, 2007, Governor Charlie Crist signed legislation to provide certain retirement benefits to members of the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary (FHPA). Bill sponsors Senator Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville) and Representative Marti Coley (R-Marianna) joined Governor Crist for the bill signing ceremony.

“Alongside our troopers, the brave men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary face danger every day,” said Governor Crist. “There are countless benefits to the service they provide and we are tremendously grateful for their commitment.”

House Bill 121 – Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officers, allows the FHPA to present a retiring officer with one complete uniform, the badge worn by the officer, a service handgun and an identification card marked “Retired.” The bill also removes the provision prohibiting compensation to individuals who volunteer for the FHPA.

“Auxiliary officers are engaged and alert citizens who provide important assistance to Florida Troopers,” said Governor Crist. “These retirement benefits honor retiring auxiliary officers who give their time to help create a safer Florida.”

The FHPA was founded in 1957. Auxiliary law enforcement officers assist the Florida Highway Patrol and have the authority to perform certain law enforcement functions, while under the direct supervision of a full-time or part-time law enforcement officer. Auxiliary trooper candidates undergo a rigorous hiring process and training similar to a full-time state trooper. There are 428 members of the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary, 105 with 20 years or more of service.

Shown in the photo above with Governor Crist, Senator Wise, and Representative Coley at the bill signing ceremony, are, L to R, Lt. Colonel Ken Howes, A/Lt. Herb Sheheane, A/Major Don Severance, and A/Lt. Barrie Glover.