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Florida sheriffs pass resolution against legalization of marijuana
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Florida's sheriffs believe that legalizing smoking marijuana, which has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, is a dangerous decision for our state and its citizens. Florida's sheriffs stand firm in their opposition to the legalization of the use, possession, cultivation, delivery and sale of marijuana.
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Son appointed to serve remainder of father's term as Union County sheriff
Seymour Tribune
"I am confident that Brad Whitehead will be a great sheriff. Whitehead's experience in law enforcement has prepared him to serve the families of Union County," Gov. Rick Scott said in a press release.
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Gov. Rick Scott wants additional $40 million for child protection
Jacksonville Daily Record
Gov. Rick Scott's budget proposal includes nearly $32 million for the state Department of Children and Families for child protective investigations and $8 million for six Florida sheriff's offices that handle such investigations.
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Jail inmates grow own food in Marion County
WTVJ-TV
To help save taxpayers money — and to keep inmates occupied and, perhaps, learning new skills — the Marion County Sheriff's Office operates three inmate work farms in Florida.
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Miami-Dade's GOP, Democrats join forces to stop sex-trafficking
Miami Herald
The chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, and the chairman of the Republican Party of Miami-Dade County, Nelson Diaz, have joined their efforts to declare bipartisan support on behalf of one of our community's most vulnerable populations — child-victims of sex trafficking.
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Sarasota Sheriff's Office sharpens its crime fighting eyes in the sky
WTSP-TV
Recently, the new infrared camera helped deputies search for twin sisters missing in North Port for more than an hour. "I'm very grateful. They came out, started flying around and found them in minutes," says the twins' mother.
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3 grow houses busted in Brooksville in 3 days
WTSP-TV
Deputies got search warrants for both the home and the U-Haul and found inside the house 191 cloned marijuana plants and numerous items of cultivation equipment. Inside the U-Haul they found 144 marijuana plants along with numerous items of cultivation equipment.
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Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to stop posting online mug shots
Tampa Bay Times
"The reposting of their booking photo isn't illegal," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said, but added that charging a fee is "unconscionable, verging on blackmail and clearly taking advantage of someone's circumstances."

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2,000 mourn Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead at funeral
The Associated Press via Bradenton Herald
Approximately 2,000 people were in attendance at the funeral of Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead. A retired Jacksonville sheriff's officer said that Whitehead was respected because of his education, knowledge and integrity.

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US Sheriffs getting armored vehicles left over from Iraq
The Associated Press via Fox News
At the height of the war in Iraq, the 18-ton armored vehicles were worth $500,000. Now the U.S. Department of Defense is giving these military fighting vehicles to law enforcement agencies throughout the country, under a national military surplus program.

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Deputy injured in head-on crash to be released from hospital
WTSP-TV
Deputy Darren Hill said: I've gotten hurt. I'm going to recover. I'm going to go back out there. I'm going to help people and I'm going to stick with it. It's going to be a long road to recovery, but I'm going to get back out there.
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