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Medical marijuana on ballot after Supreme Court's 4-3 decision
Miami Herald
"This medical marijuana initiative is a fraud that's being perpetuated against the compassionate people of the state of Florida — it is not about helping people," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, president of the Florida Sheriffs Association. "It's about legalizing marijuana for recreational use."
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Seminar: Human trafficking awareness
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Saturday, Feb. 22, 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Challenger Learning Center, Tallahassee
Join us for a screening of the eye-opening documentary, "Call and Response," followed by a panel discussion on human trafficking with community leaders.

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State grant to expand DUI enforcement in Flagler County
News 13
"We're a relatively underfunded, understaffed agency," said Undersheriff Rick Staly, who made a DUI arrest six months ago. "So any time we can bring the dollars back to Flagler County — and in this case, hopefully have a positive impact — that's a good thing for the community."
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Florida legislators still spooked by medical marijuana
Bradenton Herald
A key legislator, state Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, said he fears the idea will get confused by voters who think it's a sign lawmakers support a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for some medical uses. "I don't want to be the first to start down a slope of approval on the use of illicit drugs under the claim of medical protection," Baxley said. "But I'm not saying I wouldn't vote for something that would help these families."
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1st-year Brevard sheriff hits the ground on the run
Florida Today
Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been adding new task forces and sometimes controversial programs to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Many of those are similar to the ones pioneered by Arizona's contentious lawman, Sheriff Joe Arpaio — a man Ivey has consulted for inspiration.
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Annual Youth Ranch Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K, March 9
Suwannee Democrat
All athletes are invited to participate in this annual event being held at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch. The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent delinquency and develop strong, lawful, resilient and productive citizens who will make a positive contribution to our communities for years to come.
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Walton County Sheriff's Office hosts Teen Driver Challenge
WMBB-TV
Did you know that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash as other drivers? The Walton County Sheriff's Office is committed to the safety of our young drivers and is offering a program called the Teen Driver Challenge.
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BCSO veteran Linda Ciolfi is 'sheriff for a day'
Space Coast Daily
Linda Ciolfi has almost 34 years with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and has served our agency and community in various roles to include communications officer. Ciolfi currently the Supervisor for our Female Inmate Work Crew.
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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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Cigarette trafficking: A big problem in a small package
By Liz Murphy
The circumvention of a state's cigarette excise tax may not seem like a criminal enterprise worthy of serious attention from law enforcement. But Corporal Detective Johnny Capocelli of Virginia's Chesterfield County Police Department strongly disagrees. "This isn't a tax issue. This is about the criminal activities associated with cigarette trafficking," Capocelli says.

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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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January is National Stalking Awareness Month
NCJRS
According to results from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 16.2 percent of women and 5.2 percent of men in the United States have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
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January is National Mentoring Month
OJJDP
In recognition of the month-long observance and to serve as a resource throughout the year, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service is offering a Mentoring Resources Special Feature. It is an online compilation of links to publications, funding and related resources on mentoring activities.
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Law enforcement and social media in 2013
BlueLine Connect via SlideShare
If there was any remaining doubt about the importance of law enforcement agencies being on social media, 2013 proved the critical nature of being active on key platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
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