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A crime for every holiday
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New Year's Day is a busy one for all law enforcement, but the Alachua County Sheriff's Office says they know what they'll be dealing with. This is because officials say they know exactly what to expect for every holiday. Every holiday brings its own unique assortment of criminal activity and law enforcement can now easily prepare their staff to handle these situations. A holiday such as New Year's will have increased DUI and noise complaint calls whereas the time of year that students head back to school will bring more thefts and burglaries. More

BSO hosts awards ceremony for citizen heroes and cops
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Law enforcement officers and civilians who ran toward chaos and helped save lives were recognized for their bravery at an awards ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. BSO Deputy Osvaldo Petitfrere received the agency's Medal of Honor for rushing wounded Biscayne Police Officer Nelia Real to the hospital, which ultimately saved her life. Officer Real was critically wounded last May when a shooter roamed Florida's Turnpike. More

Florida sheriff's office praises store's employees
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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is commending Academy Sports for how it handled a possibly violent situation as it unfolded in the store. Store employees kept an open line of communication with the sheriff's office after two customers refused to check in their shotgun when they entered the store. Employees knew something was wrong and got the customers out of the store as quickly as possible without upsetting them. Deputies were waiting for them as they left, which is when the suspects opened fire. One of the suspects was shot and killed and the other was taken into custody. More

Record high seat belt use applauded but more work remains
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the results of the 2012 National Occupant Protection Use Survey, which indicated that the national seat-belt use rate has reached a record high — 86 percent. Despite being strained by retirements, budget cutting and increased responsibilities, law enforcement remains dedicated to reducing dangerous behavior on our roadways and making sure we all arrive home safely. While this announcement is good news, more work remains. Eighteen states still lack critical primary seat belt laws. More

Children benefit from Shop with a Cop program
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Men and women with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office volunteered their time to help make Christmas a little brighter for some special girls and boys. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office once again participated in Shop with a Cop, a nationally recognized program that matches deputies with a disadvantaged or displaced child to help them make purchases for the holidays. Each child was provided a $100 gift card generously donated by Wal-Mart Supercenters. This year, deputies were able to shop with more 80 children at Wal-Mart stores located in Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Poinciana. More

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk: 'I support a law that bans texting while driving in Florida'    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk has created an online petition to show support for legislation to ban texting while driving. Texting while driving increases the odds of a crash by up to 23 percent. The National Safety Council estimates that 28 percent of the crashes that occur in the United States involve cell phone usage. Last month, state Sens. Nancy Detert and Maria Sachs filed bills for the upcoming legislative session to combat this rapidly growing issue. Help the fight against texting while driving by signing the petition. More

Deputy helping homeless help themselves
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Homes of Second Chances was working, and gaining ground. In the program spearheaded by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Donaldson to help the homeless, the business model is simple. Get people who own run-down, vacant homes to "loan" the property to the project for one year. In return, the houses are renovated for free and become homes for previously homeless men, who work on the renovation for the first year. After that year passes, the rehabbers begin paying rent, as much as they can afford. Donaldson has been with the sheriff's office for 18 years and now heads up the sheriff's homeless initiative. It's a path that began a couple of years ago when, as a road patrol deputy, he was asked to handle the panhandling problem in Town 'N Country. More

New technology aims to keep drunken drivers from driving
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Bud Zaouk is leading a research team creating technology that could help save 10,000 lives a year — the number killed last year in drunken driving incidents. "One is breath-based and the other is touch-based. The idea is to develop a sensor that could detect if anyone is above the legal limit of .08 and prevent them from moving the vehicle and driving," Bud said. With the touch-based detector, "you press the start button and it starts the vehicle. And it will be a small infrared light that shines inside the finger," Bud said. The infrared light looks for alcohol in the finger's tissue. More

Report: US law enforcement deaths down in 2012
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The number of law enforcement officers who died performing their duties in the U.S. declined by about 20 percent in 2012 after rising the two previous years, a nonprofit organization reported. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said in a report that 127 federal, state and local officers have died so far from injuries suffered on the job. The majority of officers who died were either shot or were victims of traffic accidents, figures show. More


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