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Arrests announced in death of Clay County Det. David White
First Coast News
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced four arrests in the shooting death of Clay County Det. David White. FDLE announced in a release that 22-year-old Robert Apple II, 21-year-old Christopher Henderson, 19-year-old Curtis "Ping" Dingler and 36-year-old Jack Lemond have been arrested in connection with the theft and transfer of the gun allegedly used to kill White in February 2012. During the investigation it was discovered that the firearm, allegedly used in White's death, was stolen in Jacksonville by Robert Apple then passed through the hands of Henderson, Dingler and Lemond, according to FDLE. Investigators alleged all of the suspects knew the weapon was stolen.
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Brevard sheriff's basketball team puts it on the line
Florida Today
To say that the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Basketball Team had an inauspicious beginning is an understatement. However, determination — and some hard-fought practice — makes perfect. In six years, the team has evolved into a powerhouse. In 2011, the Brevard Sheriff's All-Stars competed in the World Police and Fire Games in New York City. Composed of law enforcement personnel in the sheriff's office, the team soon will square off against the Harlem Ambassadors in a benefit game for the Children's Advocacy Center of Brevard.
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Weatherford's plan for pension reform hits a snag
Tampa Bay Times
House Speaker Will Weatherford's push to close the state's $136 billion pension system to new state employees is on hold. A recently released report was supposed to provide an estimate of how much the change would cost to pay out benefits to the employees currently in the system while switching new state employees into 401(k)-style retirement plans. Instead, the report was deemed incomplete. Weatherford said that he wants the missing information before he can decide his next move, and that won't be until at least March 1.
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Report: Nearly 70,000 crashes go from bad to worse
Florida Highway Patrol
Florida has seen an increase of fatal hit-and-run crashes during the past two years. The Florida Highway Patrol is partnering with the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Department of Transportation to combat the problem. The campaign aims to reduce the number of hit-and-run crashes in Florida by educating drivers on their responsibilities if involved in a crash and the consequences they face if they leave a crash scene. They hope the education awareness campaign and our partnerships with Florida law enforcement agencies and FDOT will help us meet our mission goals of traffic safety. The patrol is hosting press conferences throughout the state to focus on the victims, Florida law and active cases.
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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.

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Officials tout improving numbers for inmates ending up back behind bars
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.

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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.

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Court: Law enforcement doesn't have to prove K-9 training
The Associated Press via
Law enforcement does not have to extensively document and log the work of drug-sniffing dogs in the field to be able to use the results of their work in court, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Instead, Justice Elena Kagan wrote for a unanimous court that courts should apply the same tests to dog sniffs they do when they look at other issues of whether police have probable cause to take an action. "The better measure of a dog's reliability thus comes away from the field, in controlled testing environments," Kagan wrote. "For that reason, evidence of a dog's satisfactory performance in a certification or training program can itself provide sufficient reason to trust his alert."
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A parent's guide to playing it safe with children, cars
Did you know three out of every four car seats are used incorrectly? The consequences can be devastating. In fact, vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children between 1 and 13 years old. This booklet is designed to equip you with easy-to-understand information about today’s vehicle safety features, car seats and how to keep your kids safe in and around vehicles. In addition to an extensive list of vehicle makes and models and their safety features, you'll find an illustration with safety features that help protect your children; guidelines for choosing the right car seat; an explanation of ease-of-use ratings to help you evaluate car seat features; tips for installing car seats properly; and dangers in and around vehicles.
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FSA offers training for law enforcement across the state
Throughout the year, the Florida Sheriffs Association sponsors and provides a variety of management and technical training programs across the state. FSA offers free and fee-based training activities throughout the year for both certified and non-certified personnel. Training seminars offer expertise in leadership, human resource/risk management, administrative management and other law-enforcement and corrections-oriented areas of need. You will also find valuable law enforcement training through the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute at FDLE. View our training calendar.
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