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FSA honors fallen officers at ceremony
FSA
"It was an honor to join the Florida Sheriffs Association to celebrate the memories of our Sheriff Deputies who have sacrificed their lives for the safety of others," said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. "Florida's law enforcement officers serve the public with great personal sacrifice and selfless dedication. My prayers remain with those who have been killed in the line of duty and with those who bravely serve our state each day."
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Letter: Medical marijuana amendment proposal a slippery slope to abuse
Bradenton Herald
Thank you, Sheriff Brad Steube, for speaking out against marijuana (Herald report, "Manatee sheriff lobbies hard against medical marijuana"). The pro-pot lobby doesn't like our sheriff educating our community. They don't want voters to know that the constitutional amendment is not about sick family members.
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Marijuana: Baked brains
The Economist
The new research suggests that this is at least a shaky line to draw, as even modest recreational pot-smoking seems to set the brain on a path to addiction — and perhaps to other types of cognitive impairment found in earlier studies.
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Pinellas sheriff's office smashes drug ring
St. Petersburg Tribune via The Suncoast News
Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announces 10 arrests recently in Operation Spice King, which focused on a Tampa Bay area ring that made and sold $100 million in synthetic marijuana. Ingredients for making the synthetic marijuana were on display for the media.
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Authorities: Prescription drug program has helped reduced abuse, deaths
Highlands Today
Kimberly Gunn, who is with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, said those experiences show the importance of the state's prescription drug monitoring database, which has helped in her efforts to curb that abuse and reduce the number of deaths by making it more difficult for people to doctor shop for the drugs without being caught.
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Sheriff's Youth Ranch kids, wounded warriors get day on the water together
The Gun Writer
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office hosted the 14th Annual Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Fishing Tournament recently at the Venice Yacht Club. The event is held to encourage an interest in the sport of fishing in children who live at the local Ranch. It's also a great opportunity to interact with first responders and several wounded warriors in town for a weekend of fishing with Operation Second Chance.
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Florida law enforcement urges drivers to slow down, move over
FSA
"The sheriffs realize the dangers law enforcement officers face every time they pull over a vehicle and they agree everyone has a civic duty to reduce this danger by complying with our traffic laws," said Steve Casey, executive director of the Florida Sheriffs Association.
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Walton Sheriff's Office mourns the passing of faithful K-9
Northwest Florida Daily News
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is remembering one of its own – K9 "Lee," who passed away on May 9 from health issues. Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson said "We are grateful to Lee and for all the contributions he made in making our community safer."
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Marijuana: Baked brains
The Economist
The new research suggests that this is at least a shaky line to draw, as even modest recreational pot-smoking seems to set the brain on a path to addiction—and perhaps to other types of cognitive impairment found in earlier studies.

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Why sheriffs speak out on key public safety issues
FSA
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.

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Deputies focus on helping the homeless through new course
Sun Sentinel
Officers also will be encouraged to drive the homeless to get help. It's about being nice. To someone "love starved, a morsel of kindness is a feast," Capt. Scott Russell said. "If you treat them with dignity and respect you can go so far."

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FDLE, FBI join sheriff in investigation into robbers dressed like ninjas
WESH-TV
"Sometimes they've come in by open or unlocked doors, other times they've confronted the victims outside the house," said Collier County Sheriff's Office Lt. John Morrisseau. The Collier County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with two police departments, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI to connect the dots — and possibly link the crimes to Windermere.
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Modern slavery and the hidden world of human trafficking
By Lauren Swan
What is the largest illegal industry in the world? Drugs — that's pretty easy to guess. What is the world's second-largest illegal industry? Human trafficking, the majority being sex trafficking. Human trafficking rakes in $32 billion annually, almost surpassing drugs as the No. 1 illegal industry. In the U.S., 100,000 to 300,000 girls are sold for sex every year, and most are between 11 and 14 years old. And sex trafficking is getting worse; it's growing so quickly that researchers are concerned it will soon be a larger financial industry than the illegal drug trade
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