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Collier Sheriff's Office implements text-to-911 option
WINK-TV
The Collier County Sheriff's Office has implemented text-to-911 from cellphones. CCSO is the first public safety agency in Florida to have text-to-911 capability, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Verizon customers in Collier County are the first to have the ability to text-message to 911. Customers of other carriers will have the ability when their carriers are able to support the service.
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Rick Scott to highlight funding to end human trafficking
SaintPetersBlog
In an effort to highlight his commitment to end human trafficking in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott will be visiting support facilities in both Tampa and Miami. Scott's tour will include prevention and recovery resources to discuss increased funding to programs promoting awareness and prevention of human trafficking.
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Here's what we know so far about how marijuana affects health
The Huffington Post
Some people who smoke marijuana can become addicted, and use of the drug in the teen years has been linked with abnormalities in certain brain areas important for learning and memory, the review said. And even the immediate short-term effects of the marijuana, such as impaired thinking and coordination, can have consequences, including difficulty in learning in school and an increased risk of car accidents, the review said.
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Police officer on-duty deaths on the rise
WTXL-TV
Within the Tallahassee Police Department alone, there have been three officer involved shootings in the past month. Though no officers were injured in those shootings, a new report says it's a more dangerous time than ever to be a police officer.
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Gov. Scott signs legislation banning 6 synthetic drugs
WOKC-FM
Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 697, which bans six new synthetic drugs, according to a posting on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Facebook page. House Bill 697 also adds six additional substances to Florida's drug crime laws. It is now a third-degree felony for an individual to "sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver" these dangerous drugs.
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Warrant sweep lands inside public defender's office
Daily News
Multiple arrests were made during a warrant sweep at four DeFuniak Springs locations including the office of the Public Defender. The Walton County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau worked with the State Attorney's Office to serve the warrants, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.
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Amendment 2 all about pain!
Sunshine State News
The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) announced the launch of their Don't Let Florida Go to Pot Coalition, which is about educating the public on the dire impact if Amendment 2 is approved allowing medical marijuana. FSA President Grady Judd said this amendment was a "wolf in sheep's clothing … cleverly written so that there can be use and abuse."
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Sheriff Wayne Ivey honors BCSO Reserve Unit members
SpaceCoastDaily.com
Honored were members who volunteered more than 500 and 1,000 hours during the past year. Also recognized, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, was Frank Flake who is a long time member of our agency who continues to support our agency and community with passion as a law enforcement officer.
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Amendment 2 opponents: 'Don't Let Florida Go To Pot'
WFOR-TV
Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana launched the "Don't Let Florida Go to Pot" campaign, warning that passing the measure would lead to widespread abuse.

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Police officer does something really great for young boy
Opposing Views
"I believe children deserve presents on their birthday," Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer Derek Pratico told First Coast News. "That's just the way I was raised."

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BCSO to provide inmate labor for animal shelter support
SpaceCoastDaily.com
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is proud to announce that the Sheriff’s Office will be enhancing current inmate labor services to support the health and welfare of animal shelter dogs.

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Engaging emergency communications employees
Officer.com
When a public safety telecommunications operator feels emotionally connected to the larger picture and the agency's mission, there is increased satisfaction, work performance and longevity. Supervisors can do a few things to increase this engagement.
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Spit kit? Saliva testing for marijuana use on the horizon
By Denise A. Valenti
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a comprehensive review of cannabis and the consequences of its long-term use. The group reported that marijuana use is associated with substantial adverse effects, and some effects have been determined with a high level of confidence. Regular and heavy recreational use of cannabis has been strongly linked with addictive behaviors and motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, law enforcement officers in the United States don't have a reliable means of testing for drug impairment. But that may be changing soon with new research and legislation.
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5 great ways to destroy your police career on social media
PoliceOne
You've survived years of schooling and training, along with a few good years of law enforcement service. If you're on the hunt for creative way to toss away that great career in law enforcement, I've got the answer for you: Be irresponsible and reckless in your use of social media.
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