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Safety Symposium

by Danie Beck

Sheriff Ken Katsaris, a central figure in the arrest and conviction of serial killer Ted Bundy and nationally-recognized criminal law educator, will present a lecture on community safety at The Orchard Restaurant Barn in Cashiers, Thursday, July 25. Cost is $35 to benefit Cashiers Cares.

Cashiers Cares will host Tallahassee (Florida) Sheriff Ken Katsaris, a nationally-known criminal law instructor, author, police litigator and educational speaker, at The Orchard Restaurant Barn on Thursday, July 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

In 1966 Katsaris was tapped to set up the first Criminal Justice Education Program at Tallahassee Community College. He then sent many students on to Florida State University and other universities and into police departments, sheriff’s offices and jail and prison departments throughout the South to advance their careers. In 1977, he set up the region’s first teaching crime lab, which was used by police agencies for preliminary analysis. That same year he was elected the Sheriff of Leon County, most noted for the murder investigation and conviction of serial killer Ted Bundy in 1979.

After leaving office in 1981, Katsaris has been most sought after as a consultant on police and jail policy and procedures, and as a speaker, traveling the country presenting seminars on community survival and critical incident response. To date, he’s been the only person in the United States who has been retained as a police litigation consultant in all 50 states.

Katsaris’ presentation is open to everyone. He’ll be discussing “How Crime Can Impact Our Communities” and he will also touch on his current involvement as a consultant on the current Ted Bundy series on Netflix as well as the new Bundy movie to be released nationwide this fall.

Tickets are $35 and include a reception and complimentary drink to follow. Please make your check out to Cashiers Cares. Tickets may be purchased at Nora & Co. at 40 Village Walk in Cashiers, or by calling (828) 743-1040; at the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce: or by calling Pam Kerr at (954) 649-2850 or (828) 743-7158. Tickets must be purchased in advance as seating is limited. We look forward to seeing you there.

Cashiers Cares has raised over $200,000 in its 12 years for the community. It supports 10 organizations that work with abused families and displaced children due to crime, as well as other causes.

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