This specialty license plate is the design of students at Pinellas Park High School’s Criminal Justice Department honors fallen law enforcement officers.
PINELLAS PARK – A specialty license plate designed by students from Pinellas Park High School’s Criminal Justice Academy that honors fallen law enforcement officers has passed the Florida House and Senate and now awaits the signature of the governor.
Once signed by Governor Rick Scott, Floridians will be able to purchase the specialty plate with the proceeds going to help children.
The CJA’s Class of 2014 has been instrumental in making the specialty plate a reality.
“It has taken three years and a lot of work to overcome the moratorium on specialty plates in Florida to make the class’ dream a reality,” wrote Michelle Topping, the Criminal Justice Academy’s program coordinator.
PPHS students, with the guidance of their teacher Richard Cross, designed the plate, collected the needed signatures from the public, and traveled to Tallahassee to support and lobby the bill’s passage.
The plate will have the saying “A Hero Remembered Never Dies” at the bottom of it. The annual usage fees collected as a result of purchasing the specialty plate will be distributed to the Police and Kids Foundation, Inc.
Sen. Jack Latvala and Representatives Ed Hooper, Larry Ahern and Dwight Dudley sponsored the bill. The entire Pinellas County legislative delegation voted for it.