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New sign-up system for visiting inmates, less arguments
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A new sign-up system at the Alachua County Jail may make it easier for people trying to visit inmates. The old system was on a first-come, first-served basis. This often caused arguments — inmates would have multiple people who wanted to visit them and they did not always get along. The new system is done on the computer — visitors can sign up in person at the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, its website or at a kiosk at the jail. More

Collier deputies help brighten the holidays for area children
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The sheriff's office reached out to Bob Galloway and Cecil Riner, managers of local Wal-Mart and Lowe's stores, respectively. With assistance from the stores and the Joy of Giving in Naples, an organization that provides Christmas gifts to needy children, one east Naples family received a Christmas tree and plenty of gifts to go underneath it. Through its seventh annual Celebrate with a Star toy drive, the CCSO collected gifts for the estimated 250 children in Collier County's Guardian Ad Litem and Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida programs. More

Prescription drug strike force carries on despite lack of direct funding
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State law enforcement officials have pledged to continue the Statewide Drug Strike Force even though funding authority for the strike force has run out. Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey lauded the strike force during an October news conference, saying it was responsible for 3,300 arrests, the seizure of 785,000 pills, 530 weapons and $10 million in cash and the closing of 254 pill mills. FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger indicated the strike force's operations won't be disrupted because of the lack of funding authority. More

19 arrested in car insurance fraud scheme
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The state called the worst in the nation for car insurance fraud has just arrested 19 people suspected in a fraud scheme based in Jacksonville. The State Attorney's Office and Florida's Division of Insurance Fraud began investigating in July when an insurance carrier alerted investigators to possible fraudulent activity. According to the state attorney's office, recruiters offered to pay accident participants to stage car accidents, fake injuries and then sign paperwork claiming they received "treatment" at the IRCI clinic, which never occurred. The clinic then billed the participants’ insurance carriers for Personal Injury Protection coverage. More

Florida Sheriffs Association selects new government affairs coordinator
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The Florida Sheriffs Association is pleased to announce the selection of Tabitha McDonald to fill the role of government affairs coordinator. Under the direction of Assistant Executive Director of Operations Sarrah Carroll, McDonald will be responsible for coordinating sheriff's personnel assigned to legislative issues, as well as researching and managing the association policy development process. She also will work on the implementation of new laws and coordinate with FSA's partners in preparation for future legislation. More

Daytona 500 exclusive law enforcement offer to benefit Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches
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The 55th annual Daytona 500 is being held Feb. 24 and they have an exclusive offer just for law enforcement personnel. Anyone in law enforcement will be able to purchase a Daytona 500 Reserved Backstretch Tower Ticket and $10 in Daytona Dollars for only $75. By purchasing this exclusive law enforcement ticket package, you will not only save more than 30 percent but you also will be supporting the Police Athletic League, Daytona Beach Police Foundation and Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches. More

Half of Orange County elementary schools get police
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County commissioners, reacting to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have agreed to spend up to $3 million to put officers in about 60 elementary schools in unincorporated parts of the county. But another 60 or so schools within city limits weren't included. School resource officers already work in every Orange County middle and high school. The elementary schools formerly shared officers, with an officer based at each school about once a week. After the Newtown shooting, many communities stepped up patrols around schools, including Orlando, where officers stopped at elementary schools between emergency calls to increase visibility. Orlando police have said they plan to continue patrols near elementary schools. More

Middlesex, Mass., sheriff announces new crime-fighting tool
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Middlesex County law enforcement agencies now have an additional tool to fight crime — more and easier access to information about prison inmates. The Middlesex County Sheriff's office recently unveiled MIDNet, the Massachusetts Inmate Data Network, which allows police officers to access information on inmates in hopes of bolstering public safety, according to the sheriff's office. MIDNet allows officers to find information on an inmate's status, charges, identifying marks, aliases and other information from other correctional facilities, including state Department of Correction facilities. More

Company touts pancake bullets for law-enforcement shotguns
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Pancakes. They're not just for breakfast anymore. Joe Kolnik, a chemical engineer and the founder of Integrity Ballistics, spent nine years on engineering and design research to develop a new, less-lethal round. Rather than keeping its shape as other rounds do, his bullets flatten like a pancake across the target's body on impact. Dubbed the "Burns 1401," the company says the pancaking effect has the same stopping force as other rounds. The prime targets for pancaking are those "non-compliant" individuals, prison or civil rioters, and animals — or any situation when verbal communication has not worked and lethal measures are inappropriate. More

Stalkers find friend in GPS technology
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It started with harassing phone calls, and then quickly escalated to more. He would drive by her house in the overnight hours, taking pictures of her through her bedroom window. He scattered nails and screws in her driveway. He dug scratches into her car finish. Then, on Aug. 21, the woman — who is in her 30s, lives in St. Louis and is afraid to give her name because of the experience — made a frightening discovery. Hidden in the undercarriage of her vehicle was a white plastic device held together with a magnet and electrical tape. It was a GPS tracker. Every street she traveled, every turn she took, everywhere she went — he knew. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that of the 3.4 million known stalking cases each year, 1 in 4 involves use of some type of technology. Electronic monitoring plays a role in 1 of 13 cases; GPS tracking is used in one-tenth of those. More


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