This afternoon The Alachua County Commission and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office will dedicate a building after former longtime Sheriff Joe Crevasse. The 4 P.M. service will honor Crevasse for his 21 years of service in law enforcement. Crevasse served as Alachua County Sheriff from 1955 to 1976 and the University of Florida’s first police chief from 1947 to 1955. Speakers at the event will include Alachua County Chairperson Lee Pinkoson, Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, and Mr. Crevasse’s son, former Alachua County Sheriff’s Captain Buddy Crevasse. The dedication ceremony will take place in front of the flagpole at the visitor’s entrance to the sheriff’s office building on Hawthorne Road.
Difficult experiences as a Florida correctional officer are driving serious problems in the state’s prisons: Florida can’t hire enough guards, can’t keep employed the guards it hires, copes with frequent cases of guards accused of abusing inmates and struggles to accommodate the emotional trauma that guards sometimes say they suffer behind bars.