Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 15-071

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 5, 2015
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Student Day At State Fair

    The Sheriff's Office and Fair Authority are working closely to ensure the safety of those attending the fair on Student Day.
    • Friday
    • February 6, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Florida State Fair
    • 4800 U.S. 301
    • Tampa

    Student Day At State Fair:

    Florida State Fair Student Day is scheduled for February 6, 2015. The Sheriff's Office and Fair Authority are working closely to ensure the safety of those attending the fair on Student Day. Listed below are some of the changes for this year.

    Changes for Student Day:
    • Any Hillsborough County student will be allowed into the fair with their free ticket before 6:00 p.m. on February 6, 2015.
    • All students will be required to show their student ID in order to gain admittance.
    • If the student does not have an ID, School Security will have their computers at the gates and will be able to confirm the student's identity.
    • After 6:00 p.m., all students under the age of 18 must have a parent or person over 21 years of age with them to be allowed “free” admittance.
    • One adult can bring in up to 4 students and be admitted for free.
    • Any student under the age of 18 that arrives at the fair after 6:00 p.m. without an adult, will not be allowed into the fair for free. However, they can pay for an admission, and they will be allowed in, even if they are not accompanied by an adult.
    • A juvenile waiting area will be set up and maintained outside each gate, by fair personnel only, to assist all juveniles who are denied entrance to the fair for anything other than violations of law. Those juveniles will be free to leave or make any necessary phone calls for rides home, if they choose.
    • There will be a supervised waiting area for students under the age of 18 that have been trespassed from the fair. All reasonable measures will be made to contact the juvenile's parent/guardian by law enforcement personnel from the Sheriff's Office and School Security. In the event a parent, guardian, or responsible adult cannot be contacted, or they refuse to take custody of the juvenile upon completion of the Trespass process, the juvenile will be asked if he/she would like to stay in the Supervised Waiting Area until they can be picked up.
    • However, if the juvenile refuses to stay in the Supervised Waiting Area, and is not being charged with a criminal act, the Sheriff's Office does not have the legal authority to detain the juvenile. They will be allowed to leave the property if they are capable of making that decision. If the Sheriff's Office or School Security believes the juvenile is not capable of making that decision, the deputy will maintain custody of the juvenile and hold them in protective custody until the juvenile can be released to a parent, guardian, or responsible adult.
    • Juveniles who are held in protective custody, whose parent, guardian or responsible adult cannot be contacted, will be held as a Dependent Child. Hillsborough Sheriff's personnel shall coordinate transportation of the juvenile to the Hillsborough County Division of Children's Services, 3191 Clay Magnum Lane, Tampa.
    • Any juvenile placed under arrest for a criminal violation will be either be released to parent, guardian or responsible adult or will be transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center dependent upon the nature of charges.

    Added Security Measures for State Fair:

    • New Sky Watch with Internet capability which allows for viewing in the Command Center.
    • Scissor lifts added for the Highway 301 parking lot.
    • (8) – 4-foot platforms to provide better visibility for deputies on the Midway.
    • HCSO Mounted Units working the parking lots.
    • Added HCSO staffing throughout the fair.
    • HCSO bicycle patrol working parking lots.
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