Spotlight: Four leaders in Orange and Hillsborough Counties could take a major role in changing policy, but haven't

1. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings: 6,200 arrests over 11 years 2. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor: 2,200 arrests over 10 years 3. Orange County Sheriff John Mina: 1,400 arrests over 7 years 4. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister: 1,000 over 3 years

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who was previously Orange County Sheriff, has overseen more than 6,200 arrests for first-time common youth misbehavior over his 11 years in leadership roles. Demings was County Sheriff from 2009-18, and became mayor in 2018.

Additionally, in FY 2019-20, Orange County ranked third in the state in number of first-time juvenile arrests for minor offenses.

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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, who previously was the city’s Police Chief, has overseen more than 2,000 arrests of kids for first-time minor offenses during her tenure, which collectively spans nearly 10 years. She was Police Chief in 2009-2015 and was elected Mayor in 2019.

Additionally, in 2019-20, the Tampa Police Department ranked 12th among Florida law enforcement agencies for first-time arrests for common youth misbehavior.

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Orange County Sheriff John Mina, who previously served as Orlando Police Chief, has overseen more than 1,300 arrests for common youth misbehavior during his tenure in the leadership roles, which spans approximately seven years. Mina served as Orlando Police Chief from 2014-2018, followed by becoming Orange County Sheriff in 2018.

Additionally, in FY 2019-20, Orange County ranked third among counties for arresting children for first-time minor offenses.

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Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, in only three years, has overseen more than 1,000 arrests for first-time common youth misbehavior. He was appointed Sheriff in 2017 and elected in 2018.

Additionally, for the past three years under his leadership, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has ranked first in the state among agencies for arresting kids for first-time minor offenses.

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