Governor Rick Scott thanks Florida police chiefs

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - "We are at 47 percent low in our crime rate, our police chiefs all across the state work their tails off to try to keep people safe," Florida Governor Rick Scott said.

Governor Rick Scott was in Panama City Beach Tuesday to speak with 170 police chiefs from around the state at the Florida Police Chiefs Association conference.

"I always say we wouldn't have the job growth, we wouldn't have a great education system if it wasn't for our police chiefs keeping people safe," Governor Scott said.

Governor Scott thanked the chiefs for all they do for the state and spoke about learning from tragedy, such as the Parkland school shooting earlier this year.

"If you look at what the police chiefs are doing here, a lot of what they are doing... they are sharing ideas, they are listening to speakers from outside the state of how they are going to keep each of our communities safe," Governor Scott said.

And our local chiefs say sharing ideas helps them keep our community safe.

"It's us sharing our experiences, what we've learned we go through training and training is ongoing it never ends for our career," Panama City Police Chief Scott Ervin said.

The governor praised the police chiefs' efforts to talk about new laws and improve safety across the state.