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Florida sheriffs take lead against legalizing medical marijuana
Florida's proposed medical marijuana amendment finally has a coordinated statewide opposition, led by the Florida Sheriffs Association and including a coalition of law enforcement and substance abuse groups. "We have an obligation to educate our constituents and the people we've sworn to protect," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
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Why sheriffs speak out on key public safety issues
Executive Director Steve Casey says: Over the last few weeks, a number of you have called and written to me asking why the Florida Sheriffs Association opposes the bill that would authorize concealed carry of a firearm without a concealed weapons permit during a declared emergency. The short answer is we oppose the bill in its current form, but we would support the bill if some "common sense" amendments were added to ensure public safety.
Denver district attorney defends medical marijuana violence claims
In Denver, District Attorney Mitch Morrissey isn't backing away from his contention during remarks to the city council that the medical marijuana industry has been linked to a dozen homicides and more than 100 armed robberies.
HB 209, emergency gun bill, faces opposition from Alachua County sheriff
The Independent Florida Alligator
H.B. 209, a National Rifle Association-backed bill, would allow legal gun owners to conceal weapons without a concealed carry permit in a mandatory evacuation caused by a state of emergency. It recently passed the Florida House, 80-36, despite clear opposition by the Florida Sheriffs Association.
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Sex trafficking ring busted in Indian River County, sheriff says
A human and drug trafficking ring is busted in Vero Beach. The man who was arrested sold women for sex, according to the Indian County Sheriff's Office.
Baker County sheriff vows to combat increase in crime
While many Florida counties saw an across-the-board drop in crime in 2013, Baker County is dealing with increased reports of some crimes.
"We say we're not satisfied with this," Sheriff Joey Dobson said. "This is the highest rate that we've had, and we're not going to run from it."
BCSO escorts Vietnam traveling wall in Melbourne
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey via Space Coast Daily
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey says: I had the honor of attending the start of the Vietnam Memorial Wall as it began [its] journey to Wickham Park, where it will stand in honor of our military heroes.
The wall is a traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial that is in Washington, D.C.
Fatal car crashes involving pot have tripled, study says
The legalization of marijuana is an idea that is gaining momentum in the United States, but there may be a dark side to pot becoming more commonplace, a new study suggests.
Fatal crashes involving marijuana use tripled during the previous decade — fueling some of the overall increase in drugged-driving traffic deaths — researchers from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health report.
Governor honors 9 South Florida officers with Medal of Heroism
Office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott said, "It is an honor to present these nine police officers from South Florida with the Medal of Heroism for going above and beyond the call of duty to save the lives of fellow Floridians. With little regard for their personal safety, these brave police officers quickly responded to incidents and helped save lives. Their actions are a reflection of their dedication Florida families, and are instrumental in keeping Florida's crime rate at a 43-year low."
Cram the Canoes: Local schools and businesses donate to sheriff's camp
The Destin Log
Summer is just around the corner, and already kids are starting to dream about long sunny days, the beach and, of course, summer camp. However, camp can be expensive with the cost of travel, activities and equipment, so every summer, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office selects underprivileged students aged 11-18, for a week-long summer camp at Florida's Sheriffs' Youth Ranch, Camp Caruth.
Married to the badge: Stress in the law enforcement marriage
By Mark Bond
Being married to a law enforcement officer has its challenges. The long hours of work, rotating shifts, attending court on days off, fear and danger of the job, and all the different part-time work does not leave a lot of time to devote to spouse and family. Law enforcement is not just a career but truly is a way of life and commitment of service to others before your needs or wants. This time apart is also difficult on the spouses.
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