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Orange County sheriff: Drones won't be used for spying
Orlando Sentinel via Bradenton Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings unveiled his department's two surveillance drones recently and vowed that the sophisticated devices would not be used to spy on innocent civilians. "This is not about intruding," Demings said at a demonstration of the devices at the Sheriff's Office gun range. "We're not going into any homes." Demings said the drones would be used for hostage situations, chemical spills or when searching for someone missing in the woods. The drones are essentially miniature helicopters with wingspans of about 3 feet and capable of flying almost silently about 15 minutes at a time. More

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office assists feds with prescription drug bust    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw was part of the team that announced the results of an 18-month investigation which charged 45 individuals involved in a multijurisdictional prescription drug scam operation. The operation, which involved more than 200 law enforcement officers from 11 different agencies, arrested 17 individuals charged in this investigation. Law enforcement officers will continue to locate the remaining 20 individuals until all are apprehended. The operation also resulted in the seizure of one gun, approximately two pounds of cocaine, and $7,000. More

Miami-Dade police K-9 dies
The Miami Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On the Miami-Dade Police Department, Orthus was officer K287. His job was sniffing out explosives at Miami International Airport with his partner, Sgt. David Dominguez. Orthus did this so energetically that he became a reality-TV star on the Travel Channel's "Airport 24/7: Miami." Orthus was plenty menacing if anyone got near Dominguez's squad car, but nosing his way through the MIA terminals, the black-and-tan German shepherd was a big, furry attention magnet. Orthus, who joined the department in 2007, died Jan. 10 by humane euthanasia. He was 8, and had medically retired in July because of inflammatory bowel disease and hernias, Dominguez said. He then developed a fast-growing cancer. More

Lee County sheriff awarded Elected Official of the Year for Southwest Florida
North Fort Myers Neighbor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott has been nominated and awarded the 2013 Elected Official of the Year for Southwest Florida, by the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter, Southwest Florida Unit. The award comes as a result of Scott's implementation of many different programs in Lee County that assist every walk of life. The Lee County Sheriff's Office developed a close relationship with the Dubin Alzheimer's Center to develop the Lee Elder Abuse Prevention Partnership, which is a coalition among Lee County human service providers and agencies created to promote awareness of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. More

Deputy rescues, adopts dog that was attacked, stabbed by man
The Associated Press via WCTV-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A north Florida sheriff's deputy is adopting a dog he helped rescue after she'd been stabbed and dragged into the woods. St. John's County Sheriff's deputy Dan Sorrells says he was called to a home after roommates were concerned after seeing 28-year-old Randal Hart attack the collie-Labrador mix. He followed a blood-trail until he spotted the dog. Sorrells says the dog had been stabbed in the side and her throat was slashed. She was taken to a veterinary hospital in Jacksonville, and Sorrells says he plans to pay her medical bills and take her home. More

Undercover operation busts gun, drug dealers near elementary school
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A six-month undercover operation resulted in 10 arrests after multiple convicted felons were caught illegally selling guns and drugs across from a Hillsborough County elementary school. According to reports, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office investigators received a tip in July that a consignment store and former flower shop, located just 175 feet from Gibsonton Elementary School, was selling drugs. During the course of the operation, undercover detectives of a specialized gun squad were able to purchase more than 30 firearms, nearly 50 silencers, along with trafficking amounts of various narcotics. More

Police will watch Gasparilla crowd with cameras bought for RNC
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For the first time, law enforcement will monitor the annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest parade in Tampa with security cameras — the $2 million system installed downtown for the Republican National Convention. But officers monitoring the cameras won't be looking for people with open containers of alcohol. Instead, officers will monitor the stationary cameras downtown — as well as five mobile camera units set up along Bayshore Boulevard — for fights, disturbances and other crimes. More

Polk Sheriff's Office debuts its mobile app
The Ledger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Do you want to see whether Uncle Cletus made bail, or how about whether that woman you met on that dating website has an active warrant? Yep, there's an app for that. The Polk County Sheriff's Office recently debuted its new free mobile phone app. Users can find it in the app store of their smartphone or iPhone under Polk County Sheriff, or FLPolkSO. More

4 arrested as deputies find meth lab in Lake City camper
The Gainesville Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four people were arrested Sunday when Columbia County Sheriff's deputies uncovered a meth lab being operated inside a camper, authorities said. The deputies were talking to several people in the yard of the home when they saw two people running to a camper on the property. The deputies went to the camper and found materials used to manufacture methamphetamine. Deputies also found drug paraphernalia in a burn pit on the property. More

License plate readers quietly becoming prevalent law enforcement technology
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A recent survey by the Police Executive Research Forum reveals that license plate readers will soon be a pervasive monitoring technology among law enforcement agencies, according to a blog post from the American Civil Liberties Union. Seventy-one percent of responding agencies already have LPRs and 85 percent plan to acquire or increase their use of LPRs during the next five years. The benefits of LPR technology are undeniable, says the ACLU, quoting a police officer in the PERF survey who said that when LPRs were used police were able to get over eight times as many checks, more than four times as many hits, and about twice as many arrests and vehicle recoveries as when they were not using the LPR devices. More


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