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Sheriff looks to establish hotline
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told West Delray Beach residents that he's hoping to establish a "behavioral sciences unit" comprised of mental health professionals who could help protect the community by anticipating potential threats. Bradshaw said he's been looking at FBI data from 152 multiple-shooting incidents including the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. He said a common thread linking many of the shootings is that the perpetrator previously had exhibited some type of unusual behavior that was witnessed by someone else.
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Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office offering Teen Driver Challenge
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for those ages 15 to 20 across the nation. Safety on the roadways is a priority of Sheriff David Gee, and he is committed to helping our youth get off to the best start behind the wheel. The program is part classroom, part driving experience. Safety on the roads is everyone's responsibility. The Teen Driver Challenge is a defensive driving and vehicle control program designed for teenage drivers. The two-day program provides young drivers with the knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics and human kinetics, the forces created by an automobile and the effects of the forces on the human body.
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Officials tout improving numbers for inmates ending up back behind bars
FSView
Florida officials heralded a decline in felons ending up back behind bars following their release from prisons. Flanked by scores of Tallahassee police officers, Leon sheriff's deputies and Florida Department of Corrections staff, Florida prisons chief Michael Crews announced the number of re-offending prisoners had dropped from 33.8 percent in 2003 to 27.6 percent in 2008. Recidivism rates are based on returning to prison within three years of release, so the three-year span required to calculate this means that 2008 is the latest year of data available.
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Ingram seeks ban on synthetic drugs
Pensacola News Journal
Florida state Rep. Clay Ingram, R-Pensacola, has proposed legislation that permanently would outlaw several banned substances commonly found in synthetic marijuana. Ingram's version is identical to one state Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, filed in mid-January. If passed, the legislation permanently would outlaw 22 substances that state Attorney General Pam Bondi banned in December. It also would make it a crime to possess the substances. Possessing larger quantities could result in a felony charge and prison time, according to the proposed bill. As in the case of marijuana, possession of lesser quantities would be treated as a misdemeanor.
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Special report: Text app dangers
WTXL-TV
Are free smartphone texting applications giving online predators a private way to stalk your child? In the modern day of technology, many people, including millions of teens, rely on computers and smartphones for communication. Odds are you know a teen who uses a smartphone to chat with friends and to share photos. But, are teens putting themselves in danger without knowing it? There are apps that allow users to set up profiles, share pictures and chat with each other. That is how experts say criminals can get access to your child and often times without anyone ever knowing who they really are.
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Ingram seeks ban on synthetic drugs
Pensacola News Journal
Florida state Rep. Clay Ingram, R-Pensacola, has proposed legislation that permanently would outlaw several banned substances commonly found in synthetic marijuana. Ingram's version is identical to one state Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, filed in mid-January. If passed, the legislation permanently would outlaw 22 substances that state Attorney General Pam Bondi banned in December.

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Florida attempts to ban texting and driving
Naples Daily News
Stay Alive ... Just Drive has joined the Florida Sheriff's Association and endorsed S.B. 74, sponsored by state Sen. Maria Sachs. The Delray Beach Democrat announced her sponsorship of a bill in the upcoming Legislature that would outlaw texting or cell phone conversations while driving.

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Florida's sheriffs proclamation: Support of Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
FSA
We can assure you that the sheriffs of Florida support a citizen's right to keep and bear arms as outlined in the U.S. and Florida Constitutions. Sheriffs also are concerned with gun violence and will work hard to ensure that criminals who use guns to commit crime are held fully accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent if the law. In addition, sheriffs are concerned with the overall lack of mental health services available to the citizens in our state and across the nation.

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Florida record on mental health subpar
The Ledger
The Florida Council for Community Mental Health is asking that the 2013 Legislature restore the mental health and substance-abuse cuts taken by the 2012 Legislature — $24 million — and further invest $75 million for additional services for people with serious mental illness. The investment would improve Florida's ranking among the states in per capita mental health spending from 49th to 47th. Annual per capita spending for state-funded services would increase from $39.55 to $44.55, slightly below Georgia at $46.54.
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Seminole Internet cafes close
Orlando Sentinel
Seminole County's nine Internet cafes, which have been locked in a court battle with the county over computer games that simulate gambling, have voluntarily closed, at least for a while. Signs posted within the past few days on the cafes say the closings are temporary so that owners have time to update their computers. The move came about a month after the county tightened its regulations for Internet cafes, also known as strip-mall casinos or sweepstakes cafes. Sheriff's officials confirmed that all nine cafes had closed but said they did not know if the closures were a temporary move by the cafe owners as they battle a federal lawsuit challenging the county's ban on the establishments.
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Bondi names Law Enforcement Officers of the Year
The Tampa Tribune
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi named two St. Petersburg police officers as the 2012 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year. Sgt. Karl Lounge and Officer Douglas Weaver were recognized for their work and determination in the January 2011 standoff and firefight with wanted fugitive Hydra Lacy. A fugitive task force comprising a deputy U.S. marshal, a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy and an undercover St. Petersburg detective went to 3734 28th Ave. S. in an ongoing effort to find Lacy, who was wanted on charges he had beaten his wife.
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Radar technology allows Lakeland officers to track distance between cars
The Ledger
If Michelle Starling had been driving in Tampa, she wouldn't have been ticketed. She wouldn't have even been pulled over. But in Lakeland, a police officer wrote her a $164 ticket for driving too closely after tracking her with one of the police department's relatively new UltraLyte 100 LR devices. That's tech talk for a radar gun that measures the distance between moving cars.
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