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Highlands County, Florida - request to join ICE 287(g) program

Highlands County, Florida - request to join ICE 287(g) program

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Highlands County
Sheriff's
Office
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March
18,
2008Susan Benton, Sheriff434Femleaf AvenueSebring,
Florida
33870
863-402-7200
Assistant Secretary
Julie
Myers
USImmigration
and
Customs
Enforcement
425 I Street NW Room 7000Washington, DC 20536
Re:
CorrectionsBased 287(g) Program
Dear
Assistant
Secretary
Myers:
I
am
writing
to
requestparticipation
in
the
Delegation
of
Authority
Programpursuant
to
287(g)
of
the Inunigration and Naturalization Act. Given our past relationship with ICE,
this partnership
willenable us
to
better serve
and
meet
the
needs
of
the
residents
of
Highlands County,Florida.
I
have been
in
cOlnmu~~~
with
Field
Office
Director Michael
Rozas
and
Assistant
Field Office Director
for
Florida. They have beenveryhelpful and
encouraging.
With
their
I
am
pro
'posing
the
following:
Establishm'ent
of
a 287(g) Program with Title
vm
Authority for the HighlandsCounty
Sheriffs
Office Detention Facility
as
a CorrectionsBased Program,
located in
Sebring,
Florida. This is
ourcentral
processing
and
pre-trialdetention
facility.Train (4-6)
Sheriffs
Detention Deputiesassignedto Highlands County Sheriffs
Office Detention Facility, with a minimum
of
twoyears experience, whohave
passed asecuritybackground acceptable
to
ICE.
This
program
will
allow
us
to
enterinto
a
Memorandum
of
Understanding
that
wilJ
enable
us
toparticipate
with
ICE
in
identifying
criminal
illegal
aliens
who
pose
a
riskto
the citizens
of
Highlands County. Ilookforward
to
your speedy endorsement
of
this
request
and
moving
forward
with
this
Program
for
the
benefit
of
all.
cc:
Field
Office
TIirector,
Michael
R-ozos
Assistant Field
Office
Director,Detention
Commander,
Major
c~
usan Benton
HighlandsCountySheriff
 
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SusanBentonSheriffHighlands County434 Fern
Leaf
AveSebring.
FL
33807Dear Sheriff Benton,
MAR
3 I
1008
OfJict
o/Slalt
and
Local
Coordination
u.s.
Department
01
Homeland
Security
425IStreet.
NW
Washington.
DC
20536
u.s.
Immigration
and
CustomsEnforcement
Thank you for your March 18. 2008. letter regarging your request to partner withU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). There areseveralprograms available under in the suite
of
servicesknownasICEACCESS(Agreements
of
Cooperationin Communities toEnhance SafetyandSecurity.
It
is
throughstrategicdiscussions and efforts thatstrongpartnerships betweenotherlaw enforcement agencies (LEAs) andICEare facilitated. Combining Federal,stateandlocal resources has provensuccessfulin respondingtothose LEAswho seekassistance fromICE.I haverequested that thelo
ca
l I
CE
ACCESS liaisonsworkwith your department to determine whichICEACCESS programswillbest meet
our
joint
needs.My officewillnotify theI
CE
Detention and Removal Office and request that theycontactyou
in
the near future.EnclosureSincerely
~~;I~
heriff(re
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JimPendergraphExecutive DirectorOffice
of
State and LocalCoordination

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