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Lawmakers mull over mental health-criminal justice link, includes more officer training
WUSF-FM
"Because we had a deputy who had responded to mental health call," said Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, speaking to the House Judiciary Committee. "And, as he was taking her into custody under the Baker Act, she lashed out at him. She fought and kicked him. This deputy was not CIT trained. There were no CIT trained deputies on scene, and no supervisors on scene that recognized what this really was a woman who had serious mental, behavioral health issues, who didn’t need to go to the jail, didn't belong in the criminal justice system, but she created the ultimate crime of battery on a law enforcement officer and if you do that, by God, you go to jail.”"
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Drivers face tougher penalties for fleeing crash scenes
The Suncoast News
Florida has experienced an alarming increase in the number of fatal hit and run crashes during the last two years, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Authorities are getting the message out that fleeing the scene of an accident can result in tougher penalties. Do the right thing and stop, they urge.
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There's a new push to stop the trafficking of children in Florida
WPTV-TV
South Florida lawmakers and law enforcement want to put a dent in the crime by passage of a bill that would mandate the posting of a human trafficking hotline in public places. The measure would mandate the posting of a hotline help number in public places such as schools, rest stops, train stations, strip clubs and at airports throughout the state.
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Pot fight sees GOP shift
The Associated Press via News-Press
"There's a lot of things in that bill that resemble the problems with the constitutional amendment," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the legislative chair of the sheriffs association. "There's a lot of loose language in it that would allow probably de facto recreational use."
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VIDEO: Sheriff's crime tip focuses on purse snatching
The Space Coast Daily
This week Sheriff Wayne Ivey welcome the "Brevard Bandits" as a new component of our Crime Prevention Team as the Sheriff focuses his Weekly Crime Prevention Message on "Purse Snatching."
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Heartwarming moment dozens of cops and firefighters flocked to autistic boy's birthday party after his heartbroken mom revealed none of his classmates turned up
The Daily Mail
When none of an autistic boy's classmates showed up for his sixth birthday party, his community and local sheriff's office rallied together to make it a birthday he'd never forget.
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Storied coach, veteran sheriff share leadership spotlight at Brandon chamber dinner
The Tampa Tribune
The town's self-described "local wrestling guru," who last year received the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce's leadership award, said he was honored to announce this year's recipient – Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee.
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Family waits for driver to do the right thing
The Ledger
By partnering with the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the Florida Department of Transportation and Students Against Destructive Decisions, FHP says its goal is to let drivers know that leaving an accident scene can end in tougher penalties. And in a crash, every second can make the difference in saving someone's life.
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Sheriff's office holding 'Name our Puppy Contest'
WTSP-TV
NCSO wants the public's help in naming the pup through their "Name our Puppy Contest." The puppy will be trained to search for missing and endangered children and adults.
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Police are preparing for spring break 2015
WJHG -TV
The Panama City Beach Police Department will be working with the Bay County Sheriff's Office and Florida Highway Patrol to help keep the partying under control.
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