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Teachers, students among 50 nabbed in Central Florida child sex sting
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Seminole County deputies arrested 50 people, including teachers, tourists and college students, in Central Florida in a weeklong online child sex exploitation sting. According to deputies, the undercover operation, "Operation Cardea," had officers chatting online, through email and phone with people who believed they were talking with a minor or with an adult that had a minor available for sexual activity. Arrestees ranged from ages 19 to 60 years old and including a Volusia County high school teacher, a tourist visiting from Turkey, school employees, college students and residents from out of state, according to a release. More

Florida Sheriffs Association 2013 Winter Conference & Exhibition
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The Florida Sheriffs Association 2013 Winter Conference & Exhibition is being held Jan. 27-30 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Come learn about the latest trends in law enforcement at the various training seminars. Topics will include coordinating a community response to family violence and keeping our officers safe to using social media in law enforcement and how to create a better not bitter employee. This event will sell out so register today to reserve your spot. If you are looking to Exhibit at the FSA Winter Conference, please email Christine Poole at Space is limited, so act now. This conference always is a great opportunity to network with others in law enforcement and learn about new technology and techniques that will enhance your skills. More

FHP troopers to crack down on move over law violators
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The Florida Highway Patrol is launching a new, statewide crackdown aimed at enforcing the state's move over law. On a multilane road, the move over law requires drivers to move out of the lane nearest an emergency vehicle that has its lights flashing alongside the road. If the driver is on a two-lane road, or can't move over a lane, then the driver must slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit. Because troopers working in pairs improve chances of catching those violators, FHP will send troopers out in pairs during the month of January in an effort to catch those who disregard the law. More

It's a win-win in the New Year from Star & Shield
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One of FSA's corporate sponsors has continued to stay in the giving mood well into the New Year. Each time someone calls for an eligible auto insurance quote with Star & Shield Insurance Exchange and references the Season of Giving, Star & Shield Group will donate $10 to the caller's choice of a charity from a list of participating public safety related charities. The Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches is one of the participating charities you can donate to. There is no obligation to buy and limit one donation per household. FSA members are eligible for special rates on certain insurance plans. More

Florida celebrates National Amber Alert Awareness Day    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With pictures of missing children flashing across billboards on our streets and highways, alerts over our televisions or radio, or in an email or text message blast, AMBER Alerts are hard to miss. This past Sunday, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey joined Florida's local, state, federal and private partners to commemorate National Amber Alert Awareness Day. Jan. 13 marked the 17th anniversary of the abduction and death of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Texas. She is the girl for whom the system is named and whose death and abduction the U.S. Department of Justice remembers on this day. More

Security beefed up in some Tampa Bay area schools
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Bradenton police are investigating security at schools, and officials in Polk County have stepped up patrols following the deadly shootings Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Along with the task force, increased patrols of about a dozen elementary schools in Bradenton will continue. The additional law enforcement and increased patrol will be at no cost to the district. More

Sheriff David Gee honors former deputy with dedication of the Freddie Solomon Community Center
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On Jan. 11, Sheriff David Gee and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners honored Freddie Solomon with a memorial celebration and dedication of the Freddie Solomon Community Center at Nuccio Park. Freddie Solomon was a former college and professional football star and 20-year employee of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. One of Freddie's passions was coaching youth sports in the Nuccio Park community. Freddie passed away in February 2012. Jan. 11 was a dual celebration with the dedication of the building and it also happened to be Freddie's birthday. More

Sheriffs respond to Obama's executive orders on stricter gun laws
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President Barack Obama addressed the nation with his plan to stop gun violence and called for stricter enforcement of existing gun laws. He set forth 23 executive orders to quickly make change happen. From the West Coast to the Appalachians, law enforcement leaders weighed in, many of whom said they disagree with the president and aren't happy with his proposals. "These are issues that need to be discussed by law-abiding citizens of the United States," said Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith. Smith called the president's proposals "nothing new," and said his office will approach the job the same as always. More

Tracking crime stats
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In October 2009, President Barack Obama nominated James P. Lynch, then a distinguished criminologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, to run the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. Lynch was confirmed by the Senate in June 2010. After two and a half years, Lynch is leaving to become chairman of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. As he packed up his office recently, Lynch sat down with The Crime Report's Washington bureau chief, Ted Gest. In a wide-ranging conversation, Lynch discussed how methodologies for tracking key indices like crime victimization, sex crimes and recidivism are being revamped; and why there remain significant "holes" in data about the U.S. justice system. More


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