Sheriff Rambosk Honored for Crash Reduction Program

Sheriff Kevin Rambosk is shown here with his award flanked by FSRMF Executive
Director Don Eslinger, right, and FSRMF Board of Managers Chairman and St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara, left.

The Florida Sheriff ’s Association has honored Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk for his effort and success in reducing traffic crashes involving deputies. Sheriff Rambosk received the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund Leadership Award during the FSA winter  conference in Tampa. Sheriff Rambosk is a member of the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management (FSRMF) Board of Managers.

Crashes involving CCSO deputies were down 28 percent overall in 2019 compared to 2018. At-fault, or avoidable, crashes were down 43 percent over the same period. “At the end of 2018, I recognized a substantial increase in traffic crashes in our agency compared to other sheriff ’s offices around Florida,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “I tasked our Training Bureau and Traffic Accident Review Board with implementing a plan to reduce crashes which resulted the creation of our new Driver Refresher Program.”

The training, which is ongoing, is required for all of the agency’s sworn law enforcement officers. It consists of driver training once a month with two three hour classes each day
with 15 members attending each class. The initiative has had a significant impact on reducing crashes at CCSO. The classes follow the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission driving standard courses.

An emphasis is placed on basic driving principles like proper hand position, proper backing  position, and proper braking and turning through repetition and hands-on
instruction. The classes are taught by trained CCSO instructors. Their dedication and understanding of the mission directly contributed to the reduction in crashes.

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