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FSA honors Cpl. James Ris as 2013 Corrections Officer of the Year
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The Florida Sheriffs Association has announced that Cpl. James Ris of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office has been selected as the 2013 Corrections Officer of the Year. The award, presented each year at the Mid Winter Conference and Exhibition, is given to a Corrections Officer who has demonstrated exemplary service in the line of duty. FSA Executive Director Steve Casey and President Sheriff Susan Benton presented Ris with the award. In five short years, Ris has established himself as an extremely proactive corrections officer and demonstrates a strong care for his community. More

Florida's prostitution buster: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd
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On his most recent sting, Polk County Florida Sheriff Grady Judd, with the help of dozens of deputies and detectives in his cybercrime unit, netted 78 alleged prostitutes and johns — from a police-academy trainee who was set to graduate in less than a week; a retired, married American Airlines pilot; to a California porn star named Asia. And that sweep was nothing unusual. Now, despite criticism that his stings wrongly targets consensual adults, Judd is happy that his operation has become a national model. More and more communities have been conducting such sweeps, often publicizing the names of johns and prostitutes on the Web, as Judd does. More

Monroe County sheriff to hold Citizen Police Academy
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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will be holding Citizen Police Academies in April and is looking for people who are interested in law enforcement and who want to learn more about it. Classes will begin the first week of April and will continue through mid-May. There will be three separate academies held during that time — in the Lower, Middle and Upper Keys. Attendees will be asked to commit to spending one night a week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. They also will be asked to participate in at least one ride-along with a deputy during the academy period. More

Law enforcement cracks down on synthetic drugs
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It's a dangerous and harmful high that had been increasingly easy to find, marketed under a variety of unusual and exotic names ranging from Cloud Nine, Mind Trip and Mr. Happy to Mardi Gras, Scooby Snax and Maui Wowie. But what these synthetic drugs all have in common is that they're illegal under an emergency order enacted by the state. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi outlawed 22 chemicals commonly used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs in the wake of growing abuse and links to serious health problems. To ensure compliance with the law, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office recently organized inspections at more than 170 businesses around the county — convenience stores, smoke shops, liquor stores and other retailers. More

CCSO helps celebrate Literacy Week
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Collier County schools recently participated in "Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida" as a way to foster a lifelong love of reading in students. Cpl. Jimmy Quintana joined in the celebration by reading, "I Want To Be A Police Officer" to kindergarten and first-grade classes at Everglades City School. Law enforcement officers from more than 40 agencies from around Florida, including members of CCSO's Youth Relations Bureau, are visiting classrooms to read to students, to talk about how kids can stay safe and to emphasize the importance of reading every day. More

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
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Each and every school day, school crossing guards spend many hours assisting our children in crossing busy intersections as they arrive and depart from school. School Crossing Guards often encounter adversarial, dangerous and sometimes hostile attitudes during the performance of their duties. We acknowledge that school crossing guards provide an invaluable service to our community and receive little recognition or compensation for their tireless efforts. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed the first Friday of every February to be School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. All citizens are invited to recognize these individuals for their commitment to the safety of our children. More

Florida campaign targets signs of child abuse
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Child welfare officials are launching a public awareness campaign called "Don't Miss the Signs" to remind Floridians about their obligation to report suspected child abuse. The message will soon be seen on television ads and posters, urging residents to raise their voices to stop child abuse. A sweeping child abuse reporting law took effect in October, making it clear that reporting suspected child abuse is everyone's responsibility, not just designated "professional reporters" such as medical professionals and teachers. More

DNA tagging pistol and rifle launched for non-lethal law enforcement    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ownership and use of guns is a hot topic at the moment following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But while the question of whether individuals should be allowed to own guns and what type of guns they are rages on, work is under way to develop new types of non-lethal gun for use in law enforcement. United Kingdom security company SelectaMark has come up with a way to tag a person using a gun allowing them to be apprehended at a later time. It's called the SelectaDNA High Velocity System and consists of both a pistol and rifle coupled with high velocity pellets that leave a unique DNA trace mark on the person that later can be identified by authorities with a UV light. More


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